Writer’s Butt

Most people worry about writer’s block. I don’t believe in writer’s block. Doing writing practice knocked that out of me long ago. I’ve learned to sit down and just start writing. It took some time because I couldn’t write at the keyboard at first. I had to put the words on paper to make them make sense. I still do that at times when the words just won’t mush correctly. But practicing my writing on a daily basis makes it so I can usually always come up with something to write.

That brings up another issue.

Like today. I’ve been writing since around 8 a.m. this morning. It’s 7 p.m. at night. I got a lot done, even caught up on old projects. But now I’m not worried about writer’s block, I’m more concerned about getting a bad case of Writer’s Butt.

If I don’t start getting out to exercise instead sitting typing all day — well you get the visual.

Imagine that you spent the last 20 days writing for 10 hours a day. You forgot to get up and exercise. What are you worried about now? Writer’s block or writer’s butt? Sorry, you have another 20 mintues to practice then you can go for that walk!

It’s Really Tough

Know what’s really tough? Having people you love grow old and sick. That’s part of life, I know. I’m a mortician’s daughter. Life and death have been a regular part of my life since birth. That doesn’t take the sting out of witnessing the process of people you love getting closer to the end of their life.

Acknowledging this always brings back the fact that life is short. Even if you live 100 years, that’s a short time in the whole scheme of things. Deciding to make life count should happen everyday.

  • How can you make life count today?
  • What do you take for granted that you will honor as special and wonderful in your life as you move through each minute of it today?

Write for 20 minutes. Practice writing and being grateful for life all at the same time!

Already December

Do you remember the Y2K phenomenon when so many people thought the world would end? Now we are one month away from being seven years into the new Millennium. It’s not the technology that we have to worry about so much anymore as major areas of unrest in the world like Iraq, Iran, North Korea. Situations can change fast, that’s for sure.

As the end of the year approaches, reflect on how your year changed? Is your situation different from what you expected at the beginning of the year? Is it better or worse? How are you going to use what you learned this year to make next year better?

Wellness Always a Concern

I’m really ticked that I don’t seem to get my blood pressure under control. I became concerned about High Blood Pressure when my husband started having problems with his. I nagged him about what he was eating, his exercise routine and getting enough fresh air and rest. My mom even had a problem until l started tending to her.

Now, the only one in the house with High blood pressure (HBP) is ME! And I’m really ticked. I take joy in my health. I’ve always known that you can do nothing without good health. So I’m getting serious now. Too much sitting and not enough exercise that gets the heart rate up is one problem. I don’t have any excuses with a certification in nutrition and wellness as well as a fitness certification. So you’re going to start seeing a lot about the wellness aspects of writing and living on this blog. It might even transition to recipes and healthier wellness tips. But we can still write about that too.

Any suggestions for healthier HBP that you want to share?

Why Danny DeVito’s Mouth was Trouble

Did you hear about the segment on the television show “The View” with Danny DeVito? It’s all the buzz in the news today. Guess Danny D. had a little too much to drink with his pal, Actor George Clooney the night before and was drunk when he was on the show as a guest in the morning. Seems he talked, and talked, and talked. Now he’s in the apologizing phase. The “talk too much now apologize” cycle is getting to be old hat with celebrities, elected officials and other public figures.

Why did Danny DeVito’s mouth get him into trouble? Well, simply, he talked too much. A great thing about being a writer is that you don’t have to talk so much. You can use your time putting your thoughts on paper. Then you have an opportunity to look at your writing and think about it before you let it go public. You even have the chance to erase (tear up, delete) all of the writing without letting anyone ever see it.

You can write anything you want in private as you practice your writing. Write about your thoughts on the President and the Iraq war. Write about why you’re angry with Congress or another politician. It’s all up to you.

I think you’ll find that you feel so much better afterwards. You get your opinion off your chest. Putting it on paper makes it real and alive so it doesn’t bother you as much anymore. Yet, after venting in written words, you probably won’t have to vent in spoken words.

Don’t do what Danny D. did. Instead of talking out loud, write in silence. Take 20 minutes and write about something you feel strongly about in the news today.

Some Can Be Seen, Some Cannot

How many times do you sit with a friend or family member and say “do you remember when —?” Remembering what has occurred in your life is an important thing to do. When you write or verbally recall the past, it preserve a foundation for the future. Memoirs are important to build a legacy, pass wisdom to others, and let others know you as a person.

As a writer, which you are, you have to find that memory that matters to you. Writing about your life helps to form the habit of writing more. You learn to write deeper when you remember the past in detailed ways. Writing a memoir gives you great flexibility. A memoir can be short. A phrase can comprise the memoir piece. Write the phrase and the thought can be over. You may not have anything else to say about that memory.

On the other hand, you might write a lengthy multiple page essay. A memory might come up that keeps you writing on and on. Words just keep flowing out of your mind, through your hand, and onto the paper or keyboard.

As with every memoir, some pieces of writing are so personal that you have to decide if they will go further than your personal journal. Writing is therapeutic. Some of what you write in an autobiography or memoir will never see the light of day. Will you want your favorite aunt to know that you hated her perfume that seemed to cling to you when she gave you a hug? Do you want to put in writing the actions you did when you were a teenager that until now, no one else knew about but you?

Take the responsibility of putting those memoirs in sections of your journal or computer file that are for you alone. When you do this, you can let the wings of your mind take off.

Thanksgiving Prompt

I’m trying to see if I can really get you to writing tonight. So I’m posting another prompt. What is the favorite memory of Thanksgiving? How do you keep that memory alive during the holidays?

A Political Day

Today is mid-term voting day in America. It’s a day to express your freedom by casting a vote. Voting was always important in our home. My mother marched wtih Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, Alabama back in the 60’s when the freedom to vote was not taken for granted. She risked her life to help gain a freedom that deserves full honor.

As I grew up, it was mandatory to show your voting stub in order to get dinner in our home on any voting day. Even the family dog growled at you if you didn’t have your stub (not really, but he probably would have — that’s how serious it was to us).

I remember taking my grandmother to the polls the last time she was able to vote. She could barely walk. But she wouldn’t rest until she got to the polls. I had to help her into the booth and even to press the hole into the ballot. She knew who she wanted to vote for and the issues she wanted to see passed. Then she sat up until late to see the results. I could go on and on about voting stories.

Did you vote today if you are in an area that’s voting?

What are you memories of voting through the years? Write about them so you will get excited about being able to freely go to the polls to vote.

Trying a New Thing

How Spiffy Can I Get?

I want to experiment today with doing an HTML post on my blog. I’m doing this for a class that I’m taking on blogs and how to make them look spiffy. If you want, you can visit the blog of my dynamic instructor by clicking this link http://julieanne.powerfulintentions.com.

Do you still take classes to learn how to do things you love to do in a better way? I continually take classes to upgrade my skills and to stay up with the latest, especially when it comes to technology. Today, write about your attitude towards life-long learning.

  • Do you continue to take classes to upgrade you skills?
  • If not, why not?
  • Are you tired of studying because you’ve done it for so many years?
  • Did you just not think about it or do you think you don’t have enough time?

Meanwhile, I’m making this post extra spiffy with my HTML converter stuff. What do you think?

Writing Practice Prompt

Write to this prompt:

“The smell made me remember …” Write for 20 minutes.

Want to share? Post and comment on what it was like to write to this prompt.