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August 23, 2017
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Writing:

Although I did escape with my friend, Linda for a mini break over the weekend, I did not get around to writing for me. We spent time organizing for our Words in the Park event and the launch of our writing group’s Canada 150 book project. Working together is easy and productive, we work well as a team.

Words in the Park – Saturday 30th September 10:00 am – 4:00 pm- Spark Gallery, Sherwood Park. 

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We did, however enjoy an afternoon of history at the Fort Normandeau, where we were taught some Cree words around a fire pit. Then a wander through the fort itself and conversed with the chickens! Then onto the Kerry Wood Nature Center and a 1 km walk to the viewing/duck hide. Ducks, mostly bottoms up and two greater yellow-legs. A tour of the center – bookstore, gallery and nature discovery. 

 

 It was good to recharge the batteries, so to speak and I returned home refreshed.

 

Books:  My review: 

Santa writes with eloquent descriptions giving the reader a perfect tapestry of place and character. Her characters are well structured, engaging and keep the reader intrigued until the end. Woven between England and Italy this novel gives a taste of life in these two places and the struggle of their inhabitants. I highly recommend this book, it was a joy to read.

The Mermaid Garden

Already enjoying the intricacies of this story! And have just found out there is a sequel launching.

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Writing Tips:

I wrote about how stress can have a profound effect on your writing here: https://mandyevebarnett.com/2015/11/16/stress-blocks-creativity/

https://goinswriter.com/how-to-overcome-writers-block/

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/7-ways-to-overcome-writers-block

What do you do to overcome the ‘block’?

Creativity is Blocked by Stress…

July 4, 2016
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We all tread this writing journey with a certain amount of trepidation. Even the most successful authors have concerns.

Will my novel be good enough? Is the story strong?

Will I get good reviews? Have I written my best?

Is there another novel inside me?

It is human nature to agonize over these worries but with support from family, friends and a writing group you can lessen them.

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What makes you most anxious in your writing life?

Unfortunately, stress has a detrimental effect on the creative process so we must try to elevate it. There are a few simple methods to help us.

Firstly, walk away from the project and find somewhere quiet to take some deep breaths.

When our body is stressed it tends to hyperventilate with short low breaths. Breath slowly and deeply.

If possible, take a day away from the project – obviously this isn’t always possible – but try to take at least an hour.

Time away enjoying something else refreshes the brain.

If the thought of leaving the project adds to your stress, take notes of how you want to proceed. They will help get you back into the mindset and you have a reference to guide you.

Focus on each step instead of overwhelming  yourself with the ‘whole’ project.

Give yourself a reasonable time frame.

If it helps map out each step from start to finish – you have set goals per day, week or month – but ensure you have factored in extra time for each one. That way if a step takes longer than anticipated you still have a buffer of time to complete it.

How do you cope with stress?

This link has some great ideas – http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/8-stress-management-tips-for-writers/

What are your de-stress methods?

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https://litreactor.com/columns/how-stress-assassinates-creativity

http://freelancefolder.com/5-surprising-causes-of-creative-block-and-how-to-overcome-them/

 

Stress Blocks Creativity…

November 16, 2015
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We all tread this writing journey with a certain amount of trepidation. Even the most successful authors have concerns.

Will my novel be good enough? Is the story strong?

Will I get good reviews? Have I written my best?

Is there another novel inside me?

It is human nature to agonize over these worries but with support from family, friends and a writing group you can lessen them.

stressed

What makes you most anxious in your writing life?

Unfortunately, stress has a detrimental effect on the creative process so we must try to elevate it. There are a few simple methods to help us.

Firstly, walk away from the project and find somewhere quiet to take some deep breaths.

When our body is stressed it tends to hyperventilate with short low breaths. Breath slowly and deeply.

If possible, take a day away from the project – obviously this isn’t always possible – but try to take at least an hour.

Time away enjoying something else refreshes the brain.

If the thought of leaving the project adds to your stress, take notes of how you want to proceed. They will help get you back into the mindset and you have a reference to guide you.

Focus on each step instead of overwhelming  yourself with the ‘whole’ project.

Give yourself a reasonable time frame.

If it helps map out each step from start to finish – you have set goals per day, week or month – but ensure you have factored in extra time for each one. That way if a step takes longer than anticipated you still have a buffer of time to complete it.

How do you cope with stress?

This link has some great ideas – http://theadventurouswriter.com/blogwriting/8-stress-management-tips-for-writers/

What are your de-stress methods?

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How Do You Celebrate…?

February 19, 2013
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My desk diary’s word for today is Warble – definition: to express or sing with trills. It got me thinking on how, as writers, we celebrate our accomplishments. I’m not just talking about getting a novel published here but the smaller victories such as defining a character, a story arc works out perfectly, our writing group congratulate us on a fine piece of writing…the list goes on – I think you get the picture.

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Obviously getting a novel, novella, poem or short story published is marvellous and probably has us dancing and warbling around the house. However, to get to that particular point we have experienced (or are experiencing) numerous small victories. From the seed of an idea to the many hours of writing into the small wee hours, we overcome literary obstacles. The words can flow so fast we have trouble getting them on paper, a secondary character unexpectedly pushes to the forefront, the story takes a completely different direction…all of these are common occurrences. It is our ability to ‘surrender’ our process to these diversions that ultimately leads to celebration.

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Nervously reading your first piece in front of a writing group or a friend being astonished that you can write are worth celebrating. Conquering writers block or concluding a story need celebration. How do you celebrate your ‘little’ victories? A glass of wine, a happy dance or a shout out on social media?

Our writing journeys are full of these delightful accomplishments – make sure you acknowledge them, they are your success however ‘small’.

Have Fun with Words…

January 5, 2013
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Some of you may know and some not, that I create a writing prompt for my writing circle’s web site every Saturday. www.wfscsherwoodpark.com  just click on the calendar. Actually finding the prompts can be  a challenge at times but it is always fun to see the responses. From the same prompt there are as many interpretations as there are writers. In essence it is a glimpse into another writer’s mind set and creativity and let’s be truthful here, we all love to see the inside of another person’s mind!

promptsThere are benefits to using prompts. If you are ‘stuck’ or blocked giving your mind another writing task not only refreshes your creativity but also helps unlock it. A prompt can be a picture, a set of words or a sentence – no matter what it is in format, it should spark an idea or vision and from there you can write. You may only write a couple of sentence’s or it may grow into a short story or scene, whichever it is your muse is having fun. Go with the flow of it and follow that first inspiration that ‘appears’ as you read the prompt.

A piece of kindly advice;  from personal experience – don’t discard the result of these prompts. File them away in a binder or a document folder on your computer. They may turn out to be the perfect piece for a scene or the start of a new project at some later date. Case in point – my children’s book, Rumble’s First Scare grew from such a prompt and my fantasy, The Rython Kingdom was created using several prompts that lent themselves to continuing a story. www.dreamwritepublishing.ca

Inspiration does come from anywhere and each written piece of work has its value. Looking back on these snippets of creativity can be a reward on its own. Some will surprise you and delight you and others will raise memories of where you were on your writing journey at that time. They show your progress in this art.

So today’s prompt came from my desk diary and I thought I would share it with you all here. The word is – PALINDROME. Definition: a word, phrase or sentence that reads the same backward as forward. An example: “Step on no pets”.  See if you can come up with three. Have fun.

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