Ralph Waldo Emerson Was a Silent Writer

Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s often hard, sometimes it feels impossible, to pull away from the noisy chaos of daily life to make time for the creative life.

The Silent Writers Collective was created in response to that challenge and we meet online every Tuesday at 9 pm EST for an online writing retreat.  The retreat is open to all writers, especially those who find it hard to put aside distractions and find the time to write.

You can work on your own project or the writing prompts below will help you get started if you don’t have a project to work on.

  1. From PW.org: Fiction and Poetry prompts
  2. From Verbal VerbosityThe 100 Words Challenge Prompt
  3. From me: A photo prompt, “Joyful Moment”
  4. From Mama’s Losin’ ItFive Writing Prompts
  5. From @Selorian on Twitter: #storystarters
  6. From Plinky: Quickie questions to ponder

The Silent Writers online writing retreat welcomes any writer who wants to commit a minimum of one hour to writing.  If you’re interested in participating, join us tonight at 9 EST on Twitter or Facebook.

For more information, visit the Silent Writers Collective.

Resources:  The Daily Post

Monday Motivator: Toni Morrison

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The Monday Motivator is a quote posted each week to encourage, inspire, and motivate writers of all skill levels and across genres.  If you have a favorite quote to share, let me know and I’ll post it here.  Click here to see past Monday Motivators.

Resources: Denise Chan Photo, The Daily Post

A Thousand Words: Joyful Moment

Image courtesy of Clairspics on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

A Thousand Words is a photo prompt posted every Sunday.  Maybe the image will inspire you to write a journal entry, a short story, a poem, or a blog post.  Maybe it will inspire you to go running joyfully in a field of flowers. For those in the still chilly regions, maybe you’ll go buy a bouquet to sniff and enjoy.  Whatever your response, I hope the picture inspires you to some sort of creative zen.

If you write something based on the image, feel free to share a link in the comments section.   Also feel free to use the photo on your blog, just be sure to give proper credit, which I will always include in the post or the caption.

Resources: Creative Commons, Flickr, The Daily Post

Quick and Easy Clock for the Literary Crafter

In case you don’t have enough books on your bookshelves, there aren’t enough books stacked on your night stand, piled next to the couch, or teetering on the coffee table, here is another way to bring books into your home.

This Once A Book project from the bloggers at FactoryDirectCraft.com is a quick project that will take about an hour from start to finish.  Use any book you like.  Heavier books can be propped on a table, lighter ones can be hung.

To complete this project, you only need three things:

  • A book
  • A clock kit
  • An X-ACTO or box cutter
  • A drill or an awl is helpful but not necessary.

The tutorial can be found here: Upcycling – Turn an Old Book into a Working Clock.

If you make a book clock, send me a picture, and I’ll post it here.

Resources: Once A Book, FactoryDirectCraft.com, The Daily Post

It’s All About ME (Maine)

As a kid, I spent just about every summer vacation at the beach on the southern coast of Maine.  My family rented a house in the tiny hamlet of Pine Point and every August, we’d indulge in as much sand, sun, lobster, and relaxation as we could possibly take in.

As years passed, the summer trips grew less  frequent, but my love of the aptly nicknamed Vacationland kept growing.   I’ve gone back to visit every time I had the chance, which hasn’t been nearly often enough.  When I yearn to “get away,” it’s Maine I want.

Here’s part of the reason why:

 

7 Ways to Be A Writer (or not)

As an aspiring novelist, I’m often drawn to articles and blog posts offering advice on:

How to be …

  • … a writer
  • … a better writer
  • … a more prolific writer
  • … a published writer
  • … a writer with a following
  • … a writer who tweets
  • … a multi-layered writer
  • … a writer who Facebooks
  • … a writer who researches
  • … a writer who …

Shall I go on?

Some of these articles offer sound useful advice, others seem to be exercises in ego inflation.  That’s why I really enjoyed this article from The Faster Times.  It’s a little of both.

Read more …  How to Be a Writer (Although You Probably Shouldn’t Be One) | The Faster Times.

Big Project Looming? Take a Break!

Have you ever felt like you needed to take a break to keep your attention? And, have you often fought the urge thinking that you needed to concentrate harder — only to end up losing your focus?

New research suggests you should have listened to you inner self and taken a break.

Read more …

Resources:  Psych Central, The Daily Post

Six Block-Busting Writers’ Prompts

The Silent Writers Collective holds its weekly online writing retreat tonight at 9 EST and PST.

The retreat is free and open to all writers, especially those who find it hard to put aside distractions and find the time to write.

You can work on your own project or the writing prompts below will help you get started if you don’t have a project to work on.

  1. From PW.org: Fiction and Poetry prompts
  2. From Writerly Life: A photo prompt, “Untitled”
  3. From Verbal VerbosityThe 100 Words Challenge Prompt
  4. From me: A photo prompt, “Daddy’s Home”
  5. From @Selorian on Twitter: #storystarters
  6. From Plinky: Quickie questions to ponder

The Silent Writers online writing retreat is open to all writers who want to commit a minimum of one hour to writing.  If you’re interested in participating, join us tonight at 9 EST and PST on Twitter or Facebook.

For more information, visit the Silent Writers Collective.

Resources:  The Daily Post

Monday Motivator: Dr. Seuss

Image reblogged from IM NOT TRYING TO IMPRESS YOU BUT I’M THE DOCTOR at Tumblr

 

Dr. Seuss, whose birthday is Wednesday (March 2, 1904), was the author of 44 children’s books, including “Green Eggs and Ham,” “The Cat in the Hat,” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

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The Monday Motivator is a quote posted each week to encourage, inspire, and motivate writers of all skill levels and across genres.  If you have a favorite quote to share, let me know and I’ll post it here.  Click here to see past Monday Motivators.

Resources: Dr. Seuss, The Daily Post

A Thousand Words: Daddy’s Home!

Image courtesy of  “The US Army (no real name given)” on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

A Thousand Words is a photo prompt posted every Sunday.  Maybe the image will inspire you to write a journal entry, a short story, a poem, or a blog post.  Maybe you’ll just sit back and enjoy the photo.   Whatever your response, I hope  the picture inspires you to some sort of creative zen.

If you write something based on the image, feel free to share a link in the comments section.   Also feel free to use the photo on your blog, just be sure to give proper credit, which I will always include in the post or the caption.

Resources: Creative Commons, Flickr, The Daily Post