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Plowing Together: Heading into 2014 – Please Comment

PLEASE COMMENT: What do you hope to accomplish with your writing in 2014?

I would like to do more than talk about writing ideas. I want to turn my writing ideas into writing. I do write but not as much as I’d like. I also want to take more risks with my writing:

  1. try unfamiliar genres
  2. get my two unpublished novels published
  3. teach a writing workshop


Another New Year – Another New Frontier

2014As we head into 2014, it’s time to set our writing goals. Since we focus on gleaning writing ideas from everyday life here at Plowing the Fields, we can set goals for finding writing ideas and then actually writing them.

So, what are some of these goals that we can set?

Look at Every Experience as Something Full of Writing Ideas

Life happens. Every day we learn new things, face new challenges, deal with new pain and experience new joy. We can choose to look at everything through the prism of writing.

What stories can we share with our readers? What takeaway value can we give our readers from our life experiences? What insights can we offer? How can we express our joy and pain through poetry? What writing ideas can we find?

Be Prepared

Ideas come at the weirdest times. It’s so easy for a writing idea to pop into my head but by the time I find something to use to write it down, it’s gone. Does that happen to you?

The best way to capture those ideas is to be prepared. Use your smartphone or tablet to take notes. Carry a notebook with you. Use your camera to capture inspiring images. Do what works to you to hold onto those ideas.

Get a Writing Accountability Partner

Is that idea really a good idea? A writing accountability partner may be able to offer you an objective perspective or help you look at that idea in a new way. As you talk it over, your partner may help you flesh out that idea into a writable idea.

Your partner may also encourage you when your idea well runs dry. They can pray for you, be a sounding board and help you know when to let go of an idea.

Tackle New Frontiers

Maybe you’ve never written poetry before. Maybe you’re scared to write fiction. Maybe you don’t think you have any tips to offer your readers. How can you take your writing idea and write it in a new way? Take that first step into a writing genre that you’ve never tried before.

What new frontiers can you tackle?

PLEASE COMMENT: What are your writing idea goals? How can you use them in your writing?

© Deborah Christensen

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From an Idea Harvester – Stephen King

“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”

Stephen King, On Writing

Friday Fun Facts: Peter Pan

In 1904, James Barrie wrote Peter Pan. It opened at the Duke of York’s Theater on this day that year.

In 1899, Barrie met three boys, George, John and Peter Davies, and their mother, Sylvia. They became friends and he and the boys played together in a nearby park. He wrote about the adventures he had with the boys in The Little White Bird, which was published in 1902. And, two years later, he wrote the play, using the Peter Pan character from the book.

In the first production, a tradition began. A woman played Peter. That tradition continues today. The role is too difficult for a child and a woman can pass for Peter.

Even though he was a successful writer, Barrie lived an unhappy life. He didn’t have anyone to give his estate to, so he willed all proceeds from the copyright of Peter Pan to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in London.

Random Trails: Try These 30-Minute Writing Challenges |

These exercises will help jumpstart your writing as we head into 2014:

Try These 30-Minute Writing Challenges |

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Plowing the Fields. May God bless you today.


Plowing Together: Christmas Eve or Christmas Day – Please Comment

Please comment: When do you celebrate Christmas? Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? What affects your choice? What can you write about it?

The Joy of Christmas

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The Christmas story doesn’t end with His birth. It goes all the way to the cross, the empty tomb and, eventually, His triumphant return.

Take time this week to thank God for the gift of His Son, Jesus. Despite anything else that’s going on, that’s the core of Christmas. Whether we’re burdened by grief, anxiety, hurt or pain, He’s Lord of all. Whether we feel blessed or happy, He reigns supreme. He came into the world as a baby, He left the world as our Savior and He will come again as a conqueror. All this because He loves us so much.

That changes everything. And, that message can infuse your writing.

That’s the joy of Christmas. It’s a joy you can share.

© Deborah Christensen

Friday Fun Facts: Letters from Father Christmas

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote letters to his children from “Father Christmas.” He wrote them from 1920 to 1942. After he passed away, the letters were published as The Father Christmas Letters in 1976. Some scholars believe that he used “Father Christmas” as the inspiration for Gandalf in The Hobbit.

Random Trails: How to Practice Writing Every Day | Writing Forward

This is a great way to find writing ideas:

How to Practice Writing Every Day.

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