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Inspiration in the Dry Times

Inspiration. Whether you are a writer, journal-keeper, author, artist, creator, teacher or other educator, poet, photographer, social media marketer or any other vocation or avocation, dry times invade everyone’s creativity. With that comes writer’s block in my case. Where do I find inspiration? Outside using my senses.

Being outdoors with the fresh air, natural colors, sounds of songbirds, bees and neighbor life, feel of the leaves, grasses and flowers, and following the movement of the wind on the water restore my soul, my thoughts, my brain, my creativity and my drive to keep pushing through the dry times.

What inspires you? Share it with the rest of the viewers. It may be just the ticket to get those creative juices flowing. If not, it’s just the greatest to be outside in nature, anyway😊

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Cause for Celebration!

Last night, I was catching up on Instagram. And what to my tired eyes did appear? A photo of five books on @fergusonbooks with “Dewdrops to Raindrops” front and center right next to Stephen King:) They have copies at their three stores in North Dakota, Grand Forks, West Fargo and Bismarck. Color me EXCITED!

Let me tell you what this one photo has done in my life as an author. Fired me up, that’s what. Made me feel like a “real” children’s book author. Gave me new energy to keep working on editing the second book and working on the story board and outline for the third in the series of Sappy, the red oak sapling. My fingertips are itching to tap the laptop keys. Zap, zap, zapping like the sparks from Merlin’s fingertips. (That’s fast:)

What else has this photo done for my author journey? It has given me confidence. Such a huge word that I have struggled with so many times during my earthly life, thus far. I can do this for the long haul. Small steps at a time, negotiating the slick muddy downslopes, rocky pathways, tripping over tree roots, forks in the trail, rain-dampened spirits, mosquito infested forests, and sand fly ridden beaches all the while calling out “Hey, Bear!” Small steps, one at a time. Forging my own path rather than staying inside the typical picture book box.

Check out Ferguson Books and More. You can order a copy from them or one from right here on this website.

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The Writing Goes On………

In the long hiatus from this blog, I have been working on several story ideas. The main goal has been to complete the second in the series of three books about Sappy, the little red oak sapling as he experiences the changing seasons in Minnesota. Or Wisconsin, Michigan and anywhere else the red oaks grow.

I can’t lie. It was tougher to write the second book. As I wrote the first story, “Dewdrops to Raindrops, A Drip’s Trip to Make Sappy Happy”, the words literally flew from my fingertips like lightning from a cloud. I had formed the outline of the story in my brain for so long that it was a snap to put into words. This story, from the beginning of autumn to early winter, took longer to write. And more effort.

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What I had to do with this manuscript was schedule time to write. If you aren’t currently purposefully setting aside writing time, I encourage you to do so. In my case, I had to plan meals ahead of time, let the laundry wait another day and the dust bunnies grow a bit larger. In other words, I had to give myself permission to let some things go so I could focus on letting the second story grow. Oooh, I kinda like that! Let some things go so other things can grow. You heard it here first, folks!

As always, just write the first sentence. However, if the subsequent sentences are slow in forming, you know what to do. Take the time, make the time to write. No multitasking. Just focus on writing. Or illustrating. Or editing. Or promoting. Or working on your blog.

To Venn or Not To Venn….

Here is a simple method of deciding on the subject matter of your book. Write down what you enjoy, want to learn about yourself, what you already know and what you are good at in the darker crescent. In the lighter crescent, list the things you want your readers to learn when they read your story. In my first book, I chose to teach children ages 4-8 about the water cycle, being a good friend and how important it is to be patient! Those are items I would list in the golden spot.
This can be really helpful to keep you focused and on the right track as you write your story, paint your picture, plan a curriculum lesson or complete a journal entry. If your brain runs like mine, I can go off on way too many tangents and need a visual to bring me back to golden spot.
So, create your own Venn Diagram and write the first sentence!

Never Say Never or I Wish I Would’ve…..

As a follow up to my post on procrastinating yesterday, keep this in mind. “Life is too short to limit yourself.” I encourage you to not allow past failures keep you from doing something new. I encourage you to not let fear keep you from trying something new. I encourage not to allow excuses, your comfort zone, lack of formal education or your non-supportive friends or family members to quell the desire to write your book, try a new sport, paint your house the color YOU want to paint it, experience an activity outside of your usual box or norm. You can always say “I wish I would’ve” or you can say “I’m so glad I did it.” Your choice. I chose to write the book and I’m so glad I did! Go ahead, take the leap, write the first sentence!

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