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Author Toolbox – 8 Lockdown Tips for Writers in COVID19

May 21, 2020
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We are all feeling the repercussions of isolation, social distancing and lack of ‘normal’. It has affected everyone in a multitude of ways. For writers, who are normally ‘isolated’  in their writing life, there has been a change in atmosphere, inspiration, alone time and creativity. (Or lack thereof).

Whatever your normal routine, be it the impact of family at home, remote working arrangements or lack of access to resources, we can adjust.

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Here are a few tips to try (or not):

  1. One of the best options I have found is a virtual writing time. A group of us ‘meet’ on Sunday’s for a couple of hours. And although for the most part, it is a silent meeting, knowing we are connected helps with motivation and makes us accountable. We share what we will be writing at the beginning of the meeting and then summarize what we achieved at the end.
  2. Outside time – this is vitally important to refresh the mind and body. It can be a walk, a bicycle ride and a hike. Whatever, works best for you within the confines of the social distancing parameters.
  3. Writing space changes. It sounds odd but even a reorganization, a new arrangement of objects, a vase of flowers – can make all the difference. Maybe write in a different area of the house.
  4. Reserve writing time. Make a commitment to write for a certain amount of time each day. As we all have favourite times of day to be creative – this can be before everyone gets up, when they are all asleep or maybe a time when you can be alone in the house. Don’t add to your stress by putting a word count on this time. It can be to write, of course, but also to plot, edit, note down new story ideas or even read some research.
  5. Enter a contest. This idea will either spur you on or not. To create something new can be a good way to engage your Muse. Even if you decide not to submit your work, it is a great way to spark your creativity.
  6. Online writing workshops. There are now lots of options for online workshops and courses. Maybe it’s time to hone your skills? I enjoy the monthly creative workshops my local writing group organizes. They are held on the last Saturday of each month. (Link here for May’s workshop: https://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com/event-details/creative-writing-workshop-online-3 )
  7. Writing prompts are also a great way to refresh the writing brain. There are a lot of sites and books available on the internet. Try a few, whether they are images, word collections or story starters. You never know where they might take you. Again my local writing group has prompts every Saturday, if you want to try. Link: https://www.wfscsherwoodpark.com/our-blog

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What have you found to help your writing during COVID19?

 

Sorry I Dropped the Ball on Blog Posting

September 6, 2019
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Apologies everyone, I did not post yesterday! It has been a super busy week (month so far). The items on my list seem to continue to grow.

Firstly, I have been promoting the launching of the sequel to my fantasy romance, Rython Legacy, I have proofed the finished product and ordered printed copies for Words in the Park on 28th September.

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In addition as secretary of the hosting group, of said event, I have been replying and supplying promotional materials for the vendor applications. And contacting new authors to invite them to attend.

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I went on a super four day writing retreat road trip to Lloydminster and discovered a new part of Canada as well as increased the word count on my steampunk novel by 12,440 words – happy author!

The next few weeks will be just as busy:

  1. Board meeting to finalize planning of the event 10th September
  2. Road trip with my daughter 14th & 15th September
  3. Road trip and attendance at Word on the Street, Lethbridge 21st September (another long weekend as I will add the Friday & Monday for writing and exploring).
  4. Preparation and mock ups for my tables at the event to show case all my books (8 in all)
  5. Words in the Park 28th September
  6. This doesn’t include twice weekly aquasize/walking and ‘normal’ life chores etc LOL

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How’s your month shaping up?

Are you going to a book event? Why not share the details?

Are You in Fine Fettle..?

September 18, 2013
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Fettle – definition: a state or condition of fitness or good health; good state of mind; wholeness of spirits.

To be in fine fettle you must be healthy in mind and body. In this day and age there is a multitude of regimes to choose from to achieve this ‘modern’ goal of healthiness. Many practice yoga of one type or another while others believe the ‘burn’ is the way to go.

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Whether you believe inner strength and gentle movement is best or pounding on the pavement or gym machines – using your body ensures it is supple and strong.

Which methods do you use?

A long walk in the fresh air, a refreshing swim or hard work in the garden as also great ways of keeping fit. They are also, in the most part, free!

Do you feel financial investment in your health is a good thing? Are gym fees and accessories a surefire way of keeping you on your path or do they become forgotten in the bottom of the cupboard?

How do you combat the hours of sitting writing? 

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Spring Chicken or Couch Potato..?

June 25, 2013
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Spry – definition: active; nimble; agile; energetic.

back-pain-imgSpry is certainly not a word you could use for me in the last couple of months! My back problems are almost over but it has been very difficult. Initially, sitting, standing or even lying down were equally painful. There was no position I could place myself in that didn’t hurt. This experience has brought home the swiftness of incapacity. Our health is paramount and something most of us take for granted until we don’t have it.

Without my wonderful daughter’s assistance, I have no idea how I would have coped. She is 17 going on 30! She only received her learner’s licence a few days prior to my back injury so gone was the option of gradually getting used to driving. We had planned for a few weeks of driving in rural areas and then onto the local roads within Sherwood Park. However, she was plunged into the deep end with rush hour traffic and highway driving. You would have thought she was a seasoned driver, taking everything in her stride.

The result of this painful condition and its consequences has brought home the importance of looking after myself. I have always cared for everyone else, forging on through illness’ and tiredness for them. I now realize it is not selfish to take time for one’s own health. At the moment I have no idea what form this new health conscious Mandy will take but it will be interesting. At least I can walk again, albeit short distances but gradually I can build it up again.

Do you keep yourself spry, if so how?

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