Monthly Archives: September 2012

Random Trails: Why You Can’t Get a Flu Shot Excuse |

Here’s a fun writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing from Writer’s Digest.

Creative Writing Prompt: Why You Can’t Get a Flu Shot Excuse |

Random Trails: Why A Break From Writing Will Kill Your Spirit | Write to Done

Writing will inspire ideas. Check out this post from Write to Done.

Why A Break From Writing Will Kill Your Spirit | Write to Done.

Random Trails: The Ideas that Inspired The Hobbit, Animal Farm & 8 Other Famous Books |

These are some of the most beloved books ever written. Learn what inspired them:

The Ideas that Inspired The Hobbit, Animal Farm & 8 Other Famous Books |

Writing ideas can come from anywhere. What inspires you?

Random Trails: How to Be a Writer: 210 Tips | Write to Done

This post came from a blog that I regularly read – Write to Done. I especially like the end of the list. I hope it inspires you.

Here is the blog:

How to Be a Writer: 210 Tips.

Here are the ways to increase your creativity (I removed the numbers but you’ll find them at the bottom of the list):

How to Become More Creative

Nothing is more important than creativity when it comes to writing. The following selection of tips will boost your creativity.

Make notes of your (fleeting) brilliant ideas.

Keep a journal to keep the writing juices flowing.

Use a journal to sort out your thoughts and feelings.

Watch people.

Write in 101 words.

Do a ’stream of consciousness’ piece and see where it leads you.

Allow your mind to wander.

Try scotch or weed if all else fails…

Meditate regularly to steady the mind.

Mow the lawn, take a walk, go for a run…anything that requires the conscious mind to focus so the subconscious is free to create.

Bookmark this list and come back when you need to get those creative juices flowing.

Record random thoughts, story ideas, quotes on your phone when you’re out and about.

Use ‘clustering’ to free up inspiration.

Study nature for simile possibilities.

Keep the flow going. If it’s clicking for you, keep writing.

Write using a pencil instead of a laptop for more creativity.

Check out the Urban Dictionary for topical inspiration.

Get to know someone different from you and reflect on the experience.

Try new ideas or hobbies – the more variety you have in your life, the more likely you are to keep on generating good ideas on the page.

Take time to muse.

Write at the scene. If you want to write about a beach, get a picnic rug and go write by the sea.

Use mindmaps for inspiration.

Collect words.

Write everything down. Don’t trust your memory when you have a good idea, especially at night.

Trying to convey a certain emotion but not sure how? Listen to music that conveys a certain emotion in you while writing.

Cure for Writer’s Block: Read a great article from a favorite author or publication.

Write on paper with the opposite hand. The awkwardness and level of difficulty create time for more thoughts to enter your head.

When you feel blocked, do something mindless, like ironing or going for a quiet walk.

Write outside.

Write when it comes to you.

Don’t wait for ideas. Find them everywhere.

Read the comments on your blog, treasure the folk who take the time to leave them and gather the seeds to make a great post.

Courage As Strong As An Oak

Last night, I saw courage at work. Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan delivered the benediction at the close of the Democratic National Convention. He specifically prayed for the unborn and for people at the end of the life:

“Thus do we praise you for the gift of life. Grant us the courage to defend it, life, without which no other rights are secure. We ask your benediction on those waiting to be born, that they may be welcomed and protected. Strengthen our sick and our elders waiting to see your holy face at life’s end, that they may be accompanied by true compassion and cherished with the dignity due those who are infirm and fragile.”

This to a political party whose platform includes abortion and whose premier legislation includes an unelected panel that will ultimately make end-of-life decisions for you and me.

I don’t normally want to discuss political issues in this blog but I couldn’t pass this up. It took courage for Cardinal Dolan to pray as he did. And, the Twitter-verse proves how much people hate him for the stand he took.

Courage of Convictions

We all know people who exhibit courage: the student who stands up for his faith in school, the woman who faces cancer with courage and grace, the man who chooses to do what’s right despite workplace pressure, the military person who sacrifices to save others.

Does your denominational publication feature profiles? Who can you feature in a profile? Someone who clearly lives out courage is an excellent choice for a profile.

Ultimately, it takes courage to live a godly life and make godly choices. It also takes a firm reliance on God. Courageous people aren’t always the flashiest people around. They live a quiet courage instead.

How-To and Personal Experience

How can your readers become people of courage? What things do they need to remember when they face a difficult situation? What Scripture will help them? How can they learn to trust God instead of giving in to fear? What insights can you include in an article?

When have you faced a difficult situation? When have you learned to trust God and rely on Him for courage? Share your stories. Take others on your journey and help them see that they, too, can be courageous.

Make Your Fictional Characters More Courageous

Put your characters in situations where they need to make courageous choices. Make them believable. You may even borrow from your own life or someone else’s life. You’ll discover that courageous characters are more interesting characters.

Children need to see courage, too. They deal with friends, siblings, peer pressure and temptation, to name a few. Think of ways they can show courage. Make sure that it’s age-appropriate.

The Other Faces of Courage

Think of other ways to write about courage. Try poetry. Write a meditation/devotional, using a target Scripture. You will need an anecdote for the devotional. Tap into the stories from the courageous people you know.

We all need to live courageously. That courage comes from God. Help your readers see that nothing is impossible for Him and that He can give us the courage we need.

© Deborah Christensen

Seeds of Truth – Psalm 37:4-5

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this…

Psalm 37:4-5, NIV

How do you delight in the Lord? What does that mean on a day-to-day basis? What changes have you made in your life to delight in the Lord? How has He given you the desires of your heart? Did He ever change your desires? How do you know if your desires fit His will? Has He ever said “No” to a desire of your heart? What did you learn from that?

How do you commit your way to the Lord? When you did this, where did He lead you? What happened when you went your own way? How have you learned to trust in Him? What happens when you trust Him?

How can you use your insights in a personal experience piece? In a how-to article? In a meditation/devotional? In fiction? In poetry? How can you share your insights with children in a children’s story?

Random Trails: 31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing | Write to Done

Do you need inspiration as we head into the fall? Here’s a great blog post.

31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing | Write to Done.

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