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from the Inside
an e-zine for writers with heart
that means YOU!
are all writers, we all have heart and there are many forms to practice
writing, journal writing, story writing, your own "story tale"
and much, much more.
intention of this e-zine is to provide inspiration, information and
stories to aid in:
YOUR OWN WISDOM WITHIN
TAPPING INTO YOUR
YOUR STORY - RECOGNIZING THE THREADS THAT MAKE YOU YOU!
by Lissa Ann Forbes
can look forward to the next issue of Write from the Inside on
September 3, 2006
#45: August 13, 2006
do those ideas for writing great poetry and prose come from?
are you doing when creativity strikes?
the nudge from that great idea cause you to stop mid-step to
you listen? Or does that great idea go to idea heaven as you
complete whatever mundane task you are in the middle of?
my experience that my greatest ideas for writing never seem to
come when I conciously sit down to write. They come at inopportune times.
Times when I can't stop to give them my full attention. When I don't have a pen
and paper or I'm not near a computer. They come when I'm driving down the highway
at warp speed, or washing dishes, or "otherwise disposed" ...
you know what I mean. Truth be told, I have been known to write an idea
when I'm driving ... shhhhh ... don't tell anybody. I know it's
dangerous, but I can't let it get away ... the grand idea, the million
dollar winner. I have learned that this is a time and place where my digital recorder comes in
all about letting the mind go which it seems to do best when occupy myself with a routine, repetitive activity: walking,
journaling, gardening, bicycling, vacuuming, dish-washing.
some time to observe yourself. When does your
next time you're in the middle of one of these tasks and the story
idea begins to flow, stop. Stop right then and find the pen and
until you're spent. Then proceed with the dishes, bicycle ride,
walk, or flower planting.
how it feels to not let the idea flit away into
is a type of learning process where
and pupil are located in the same individual.
New Idea Catcher
Lissa Ann Forbes
has taken a new direction. Sometimes my mind just doesn't come forth unless I slow down.
I'm experiencing an
increased flow of writing ideas, and it seems my best ideas come in the shower where there are no
other tasks to be done, and I'm a captive audience to the thoughts that flow
as the water does. I've found a way to capture those ideas before they
go the way of the shampoo I rinse from my hair ... down the drain.
day, in the fall of 2005, I was talking with a colleague at
Borders, also a writer. She told me that her best ideas came in the
shower. She'd lean out to write on the mirror with her lipstick. There
was a time when the ideas came so fast and furious that she went through
her $40 lipstick in three days. I thought it was great that she had
devised a way to catch those thoughts that flit away if not written down
occurred to me that rather than use up expensive lipstick it might be
handy to install a whiteboard in the shower. Rose and I laughed about
that ... imagining the naked writer creating a novel in such a
a number of months later I embarked on the experiment. I found a small
9" x 12" dry erase board and mounted it on my shower wall.
Unfortunately, my first shower experiment failed. The dry erase
marker wouldn't write on the steamed surface. I returned to WalMart to
find a marker that might be compatible with my steamy creativity.
I found some children's water-sol- uble markers.
next day I continued the experiment. Yes, the new markers worked ... a little
beading when the steam accumulated, but at least I could get the ideas
down before they cycled down the drain.
learned something else. If I wrote on the board with the dry erase
markers before the bathroom steamed up, the words didn't bead afterward.
This was good information actually because I could record affirmations
for the daily reminder of my goals. This created a problem of a different nature. Half my whiteboard
with those affirmations, therefore my idea space is limited.
I was challenged. The beginning of a book idea came in full paragraph.
My whiteboard was full, so lest I lose the phrasing, I began writing the
beginning of a new book on the shower tiles. I was quite amused as I
considered how this might look to the stranger ... my life story on the
walls of the shower.
you might say my writing has taken a new direction in new dimensions.
But, if the truth be told, this very process is what keeps me on track
with my writing, next steps, and marketing ideas. I know if the idea comes
in the shower it's something worth considering.
in This World: The Practical Art of Creativity
Cameron is a master creativity expert. In Walking in This World,
Julia presents a way to live the creative life and productive ways to
find fulfillment on the path. This book reads as though you're sitting
in her living room and engaging in a personal conversation with her. She
is forthcoming with her own challenges and shares the lessons she's
learned about how to overcome those challenges.
in This World is one of my favorite books on living the creative
life. It is honest and self-divulgent. It's the perfect individual
classroom, providing assignments and "check-ins." This book
helped me feel I could really live my passion and has given me tools to
do so. Do you have a dream you're not sure you can follow? Take some
time away from the hustle and bustle of your life, sit with Julia, and
now: click on the book cover
more about the book
click on the book cover above
right now -- 35%
of the gross sales (that's $6.98 per book) will be
donated to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention if ordered through
my website, between now and 9/16/06.
meet my goal, I must sell 287 books! and or collect donations. I
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of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
you know that every 18 minutes someone dies as a result of suicide in
the United States? That means while you're reading this
one person will take their life. Suicide has touched my family
members: the son of family friends, my son's barber, my son's
colleague, my colleague. I have been on the edge myself. Has it
touched your life?
my effort to raise $2000 for suicide prevention. And pass this message
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SIGNINGS & APPEARANCES
18, 2006: Borders ~ Mesa, AZ ~ Superstition Springs (7-10pm)
19, 2006: Borders ~ Tempe, AZ (2-5pm)
20, 2006: Borders ~ Scottsdale, AZ ~ The Waterfront (2-5pm)
26, 2006: Borders ~ Albuquerque, NM (2-5pm)
27, 2006: Borders ~ Santa Fe, NM (1-4pm)
17, 2006: Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention
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