JUST STEP OUTSIDE

Written by Arleen M. Kaptur


Ah! sensual pleasures. Step outside on a bright, warm morning and breathe inrepparttar first morning air. Can you distinguishrepparttar 129537 lilacs growing onrepparttar 129538 edge ofrepparttar 129539 road, andrepparttar 129540 sweet wet dew that is drying asrepparttar 129541 sunís heat intensifies? Coffee must be ready becauserepparttar 129542 aroma is seductive as you pass your kitchen window. You head down torepparttar 129543 garden to take a look at whatrepparttar 129544 night air may have produced. The moist strawberry leaves tell of jewels of sweetness developing inrepparttar 129545 summerís light, andrepparttar 129546 distinctive, pungent aroma of tomato leaves let you know that these round globes of distinction will soon bring tasty delights to your meals.

Your shoes are damp as you trek throughrepparttar 129547 grass andrepparttar 129548 blades bounce back so that your footsteps soon disappear. A woodpecker is busy on some distant tree and a magnificent hummingbird flies past, with nectar on his mind. You begin to feelrepparttar 129549 sunís heat on your arms andrepparttar 129550 cloudless, blue sky predicts another great day.

The quick trip above may have taken less than 15 mins. but it awakened all your senses and raised your pleasure a couple of notches. The outdoors can seduce you out of slight bouts of depression and revive and revitalize your thinking. This journey into enlightenment and heightened awareness can take place in any setting - city, urban, rural. A city park, a peaceful, quiet lake, or a trout stream filled with life, can all attainrepparttar 129551 miracle of clear minds and colorful thinking. Something as simple as watching a thunderstorm rolling in, and taking note ofrepparttar 129552 hush that envelopesrepparttar 129553 area, as your heart skips a beat knowing thatrepparttar 129554 clap of thunder andrepparttar 129555 brilliance of lightening will soon triumph throughrepparttar 129556 evening is an exercise in awareness.

ARE YOU WRITING FOR A CHANGE?

Written by Mary Anne Hahn


Whenever you reach one of those writer's roadblocks, it helps to take some time to reexamine what drives you to write inrepparttar first place.

I submit, however, that regardless of your reason(s) for being, or wanting to be, a writer, or what kinds of writing you do, there is only one, true underlying motivator that will consistently send you back to your keyboard, or prompt you to pick up a pen, day after day: through your writing, you must want to change something.

If you don't, I believe you'll remain stuck.

"No, I don't," you might say. "I write because I want to make money." That might very well be true. But think about it--*why* do you want to make money as a writer? To leave your unfulfilling day job? To supplement your income so that you can travel more, or redecorate your house? To enable you to support your children through college, or your parents during old age? Note that all of these purposes for making money provide you withrepparttar 129536 fiscal ability to make changes in your life, hopefully forrepparttar 129537 better. Change is repparttar 129538 goal, not money.

"Well, I write fiction. I write solely to entertain." And what happens to your readers if you succeed in entertaining them? You make them feel--you get them to laugh, cry or wonder. You send spine- tingling shivers of fear through them with your thrillers, warm them with your romance stories, entice them with your mysteries, leave indelible imprints on their memories with your characters. You change your readers; how they think or feel after they have read something you've written differs from how they thought or felt before.

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