JUST STEP OUTSIDEWritten by Arleen M. Kaptur
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Stepping into nature, by just opening your door and soaking in delight of a new day, will give you renewed imagination and a penchant for a novel idea, or anecdote. Open window near your work area, and bend one ear to what is happening just beyond your windowsill. Right then a descriptive scene could come alive, as you pen cool breezes or gentle raindrops. That annoying mosquito buzzing around can agitate your character into deeds you have not thought of.
As a writer, your life depends on an abundant choice of words, descriptive passages, and distinctive details. Color, sound, aromas, texture, and even taste of perfectly brewed coffee will add spice to your lines and give you basis for untold tales.
Whether day is sunny, or cloudy, bone-chilling cold or you are in a tropical heat-wave, take note, breathe it in, and add it to your writing. You will be amazed at clarity and beauty your writing will take on, and how satisfying it will be to your readers. You can place them anywhere and in any time frame with right words. ENJOY! ©Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 June http://www.arleenssite.com
Arleen Kaptur has written numerous articles, cookbooks, and the novel: SEARCHING FOR AUSTIN JAMES Websites: http://www.Arleens-RusticLiving.com http://www.arleenssite.com http://www.webspawner.com/users/rusticliving/ http://topica.com/lists.simpleliving
ARE YOU WRITING FOR A CHANGE?Written by Mary Anne Hahn
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Perhaps you write technical documents. In that case, you are looking to improve a process by clarifying it. This means change. Or maybe you write articles that provide readers with information they did not previously possess. More change. Copywriters want to change lookers into buyers. Grantwriters want to persuade people or organizations to support an endeavor they may have never heard of before. Business proposals are written with hope of fostering improvements within companies.
Do you confine your writing solely to your journal, or specialize in first-person essays? What are you looking for when you write about yourself, your experiences, your observations? My guess is that you want to arrive at a more complete understanding of what you saw, lived through and felt. You want to grow from experience, or you want your readers to think about something in a way they might never have done before. Change.
This applies even to this article. I want to help writers discover real reason for writing, enable you to refocus your energies and perhaps become more prolific and successful by understanding why you do what you do. I hope I've succeeded in doing just that.
As a writer, you've got a talent that many do not possess, and many admire. So don't just sit there. Write for a change.
Mary Anne Hahn is editor and publisher of WriteSuccess, the free biweekly ezine of ideas, information and inspiration for writers. To subscribe, mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn how to market your writing services to businesses and professionals right in your own hometown. For more information, mail to email@example.com