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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Writing Soothes like Hugging

Writing soothes like hugging. How? They are a form of communication. Although, hugging is non-verbal. Writing and hugging can serve as therapy. Writing and hugging stirs-up good feelings. Hugging is good for the heart, lowers blood pressure and relieves stress, according to the experts. A hug from yourself works well too. Writing therapy ( helps you understand experiences and/or behaviors in the after-math. Write down your thoughts and fears. Writing ushers in clarity and moves you on. Let's start the process.

1. Write down all details.
2. Keep writing until it gets uncomfortable.
3. Facts can be hard to face.
4. Return tomorrow.

Change arrives as you practice and understand what happened. Look at your behavior written by you. Sometimes, it's easier to read small amounts at a time. Stop when it becomes too much. Take your time through the process.

1. Let a few days pass.
2. Re-read your account.
3. Jot down the incident as an observer.
4. Do as much as you can.

Give yourself a hug. Relax. Wait for the hug to soothe you before writing. A hug gives you a chance to calm down. Take care of anything that you need to prior to the writing therapy session. Bring some water? Perhaps, tissues.

1. A hug settles you.
2. Your stress level goes down.
3. Hugging boosts the immune system. 
4. It encourages a good feeling.

Return for a new session on a different day. The problem or issue you're working with using writing therapy is the focus of discomfort. This is the time to address it and move on with your life. Remember, take your time. Writing therapy is an option for traditional health-care, not a replacement.

1. Write down specific concerns.
2. Expose your issues as reactions to others involved.
3. Select different actions on your part.
4. The actions picked can only be what's within your control.

A fact to consider: The person (s) that you associate with is a bad choice. There will always be confrontations if the company you keep clash with you and your goals. It's important to be mindful of the people that you surround yourself with.

1. Positive thinking people are good choices.
2. People who are like minded tend to fit well.
3. It isn't wise to pal-around with people who throw around chaos.
4. Look for people that inspire.

Writing soothes like hugging as you relax and motivation arrives. Don't wait for someone to hug you. Hug yourself. Warning: Never surprise hug anyone, even if you've hugged the person before. Get a person's permission to hug him/her. It's called respect. Which statement describes your hug?

1. Grab and squeeze (Bear hug).
2. Barely touch (Shy hug).
3. Arms length (Not sure hug).
4. Shift side-to-side and say, "hug-hug" (Hollywood hug).

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Flickering Writing Ideas


Flickering writing ideas are worth the time to explore. It's the glimmer of an idea that shines briefly and runs away. Think of it as a possible writing idea. It's time to get comfortable for writing. Only, what the idea was about has disappeared from your mind. You think..., no. Maybe, it was...? No. You can't recall what the writing idea and your vision for it was. The key to catching a flickering writing idea is as follows.

1. Jot it down.
2. Text it to yourself.
3. Record it, or make some kind of reminder.

There is a game of sorts to recall information. I'm going to use the words chirping birds. Make a note of the words for later. I want to write a poem, perhaps, using those words. Use the two words too. My poem included the words chirping birds. Use the words how your creative flow will.

1. Massage in effort.
2. It may take time to arrive as in your vision.
3. What did you come up with?

My poem follows.

Chilling night melted into dawn
men ravaged by the street life,
boys not yet at full term
stood as chirping birds.

The words birds chirping words can be stirred in any direction, subject or form of writing. An entire subject is exposed with the two words. You have the option of selecting a specific breed, habits of birds or the area of your choice.

1. Be guided by your interests.
2. A trending story about birds.
3. Why do some birds fly?

Flickering writing ideas will emerge as you write. Take the time to scribble down the writing ideas that inspire your creative flow. Don't allow a flickering writing idea to vanish, especially when it grabbed your attention. An idea should be examined from every angle. Get as much writing material as possible from it. 

1. Slip a flickering idea into what you're working on.
2. Write down an idea for a novel or a how-to project.
3. Keep ideas for future use, avoiding writer's block.

Capture a writing idea as it flickers in your mind. It shines for a short time and disappears. Write down the idea before it leaves. Be sure to have enough of the writing idea down to understand your original thoughts. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

How to Reach a Writer's Goal

How to reach a writing goal is as unique as a writer's word-print. The suggestions in this post are for writers to mold, stir into his or her individual style. It's you that add flair, truth, emotion, to word creations. The process is started by goal planning.

Set Goals

1. Write down your goals.
2. Work on one goal at a time.
3. Select the most important goal.
4. Decide on a time-frame.
5. A novel in three months, for example.

Writing Time

1. Find a writing place.
2. Write everyday at the same time.
3. Writing time lasts, at least, two hours.
4. Schedule the time in your calendar.
5. Paste-up reminders of your goal.


1. Often, you have to remove an activity from your life to make room for a goal.
2. It takes effort to reach a goal.
3. People, places, things, that aren't supportive must be removed.
4. Positive people inspire.
5. Connect with them.


1. Distance yourself from people who try to stop you from succeeding.
2. How to reach a writing goal requires choices.
3. Reach your goal for a better quality of life.
4. Or, linger where you are.
5. Believe in your goal and yourself.

A writing goal happens when it's set, worked on, made time for with effort and determination. Still, you have to let go of the negative people who drown out success with the noise of chaos. Sprinkle into your life positive people and their inspiring words.

Monday, March 9, 2015


Write-A-Cise is a free writing exercise. It's scribbling down words, phrases or sentences that your creative flow wants to share. Simply, write. Write-A-Cise is used for writing non-fiction, fiction and poems. The writing exercise uncovers your creativity.

Let's get started. Take a look around where you are. Scan for a writing idea. The room, car, trailer, cabin, house, attic or basement waits with writing ideas. Ask some questions.

- - What's different about the living space?
- - Uniqueness?
- - Would others be interested in reading about it?
- - What happened in it, or how did you make it more liveable?

A step-by-step guide to building a shelf, for example.

- - The how-to of replacing a floor.
- - A cheaper way to put together an office holds promise.
- - How used items helped you save money?

Stop. Look toward any corner in the room. What do you see? My eyes ran to the window. Stir creative flow into the mix. I carved-out the following.

- - I yawned several times as wind driven snow danced outside. My clock beamed 3:03 a. m.

"Take today off." A voice in the depths of my mind said.

- - I splashed back onto the bed and wondered if Darkid would execute his threats against my employer, Burger Mart.
- - Darkid worked every position at Burger Mart, even the manager's job. What happened to turn Darkid on Burger Mart is anyone's guess. What secrets were he talking about?

- - My buzzing cell phone broke into my thoughts, and the caller was Darkid.

"Don't do it, Darkid."


"Everybody heard your threats."

He laughed. The line went dead.

My creative flow mixed window into paragraphs of fiction, to move in any direction. Non-ficion or writing of any choice could've been sprinkled into interesting writing.

Write-A-Cise, often, begins with one thought and ends with new writing ideas. It works with old and current writing ideas too. How?

- - Select a word, phrase or line related to a subject.
- - Write about the word, phrase or line.
- - Focus on the clever, unique or helpful aspect of the subject. Or, just write.

In conclusion, sit the writing project aside when you're done. Return in a day or two. You'll be refreshed and ready to write with new ideas. Write-A-Cise is the writing exercise that uses your living-space to inspire writing.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bury Your Head or Find Writing Happiness

Bury you head or find writing happiness with what fulfills your hopes and dreams. Discover your passion from doing, learning, researching. It's possible you'll have to uncover where your writing happiness is hiding. Is it in fiction, poetry, blogging or elsewhere?

Try one and then another until writing happiness is yours. This journey insists on you sitting alone. Curve-out a comfortable space. Scribble down what your creative flow shares. Keep jotting information  down 'til there's nothing left and stop. Return another day to explore a specific niche or writing happiness. You may have the creative flow writing session many times before settling on your writing happiness. Still, write as you learn.

Bury your head or find writing happiness by making a plan. Research. Start with what you like to read. Can you write it better? Are your styles similar? Re-write it. Practice re-writing other authors too. Look at the head-line, how he/she transitions, manner of hooking the reader and the method of encouraging an action. What interests you about a specific author's writing? Do your writing inspire?

The creative writing session spins into a goal, life-style. Devise writing prompts ( to keep you motivated. The following writing prompts are examples.

- - Throw your hands up and then start writing.
- - Hands in the air before writing.
- - I'll find my writing happiness.
- - I believe in me.

Bury your head or find writing happiness with a decision. The doing, learning, researching, paves your way to writing happiness. Start today. Hands in the writing position. Do. You can reach writing happiness. Or, forever wonder where would your writing happiness be if?


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Marcella Glenn is a freelance writer who has written news reports, worked in an office, reviewed movies, published a newsletter and had her novel, "Grave Street House," published. She, too, is a Writing Consultant as well as a Personal Coach.

She has tried to go down some of life's other paths. A few paths were a mail-order business, the publishing of a pen-pal newsletter and selling plastic-ware. Only, she was back writing before realizing what she was doing.

She'd critique titles, paragraphs, news reports, that no one submitted to her. She'd stop herself, eventually. Marcella Glenn seemed to be enjoying the act of writing. This is how she knew writing was more than a hobby.

Let it be a lesson in your life too. Is writing calling your name? Or, acting? Teaching? Are you interested in engineering? Have the courage to go for your dreams. Simply, believe in yourself.

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