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Methods of Effective Brainstorming

Methods of Effective Brainstorming

Methods of Effective Brainstorming

Brainstorming is a method of gathering ideas quickly. The purpose is to get as many ideas as possible in a short amount of time. There are several different methods to brainstorm ideas successfully. Four of them are Mapping, Cubing, Breaking Down and Listing.Mapping is a method of brainstorming ideas that involves visually connecting related ideas. Start by writing the topic down in the center of a piece of paper. Next, moving around the paper, quickly write down as many related concepts as possible. (more…)
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Improve how to write

Improve how to write

Improve how to write
 

Writing is an effective way to express your thoughts, opinions and feelings to other people. Writing can be fun as well as entertaining, and there are different ways to use writing in your daily life. However, you’ll need to convey your information in an interesting and concise manner. If you need to improve how to write, there are several ways in which you can learn to become a better writer. You can hone your craft and improve how to write by paying attention to your audience, examining grammar and punctuation, and getting peer evaluation. (more…)

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Expressing Yourself through Writing

Expressing Yourself through Writing

Most people overlook the therapeutic value of writing. It is a great resource and can be used by almost anyone. The act of writing down your thoughts can bring comfort and satisfaction unlike any other activity. And you don’t have to come up with profound, organized and amazing literary pieces, it can just about anything that you think of.  Some people write about the things that bug them and the stuff that makes them happy. It can be about small discoveries made in the course of a day or simply an account of your experience. The beauty of writing is that it’s an open activity – there are no set boundaries and no subject that cannot be covered.

The process gives people an outlet and allows them to vent out their feelings. The act of writing helps release you from the pressures and stresses of the day and can be helpful in resolving conflicts and problems. It is also a whole lot cheaper than consulting with a professional. 

Most of us are more prepared than we think. Who could forget the loads of essays that you have to write up for English subjects or the tedious process of writing a term paper as a completion requirement for a college degree? These exercises deals with a set structure for writing and makes us familiar with one of the more complicated forms of writing.

The other side to this is doing it for creative purposes. Doing it in this manner will give you a unique sense of satisfaction. You can do it the old fashioned way using pen and paper or take advantage of what technology offers. The Internet plays host to thousands of blogs that covers practically all topics that people can think of. Some consider their blogs as private journals – a place where they can write random thoughts or express their frustrations and disappointments. Reviewing their entries another day helps them come to terms with their situation and possibly, come up with a solution to their problems.

The power and beauty of writing is that it encourages self expression. It allows you to look at yourself more deeply and with better understanding. This process has the potential of developing an extraordinary talent that can help you handle life better.

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When Inspiration Hits, Get Writing

When Inspiration Hits, Get Writing

As a writer, I always make sure that I am prepared to write at any given moment. After all, when inspiration strikes, you should always get to writing, because you write best when you are inspired.

To keep myself on my toes, I always keep a pen and a small notebook on my lanyard, so that I can carry them around easily. I also keep notepads in all of my bags, so that I always have paper to write on. When I feel particularly inspired and I have nothing to write with, I sometimes resort to more desperate measures, such as writing on an old paper bag or on some paper towels.

Writing, especially creative writing, is a way to communicate and a way to express yourself. I have always believed in a saying that a book that has not been read is a book that has no value. Books, poems, and other writings only have value if there is a reader. Of course, this does not mean that you write exclusively for other people. It is a noble pursuit to write for yourself, and to be your own reader.

For me, writing is something that I pursue in the name of art. My favourite thing to write is poetry, and I have put together quite a few over the years – some poems I am proud of, the others, not so much. But whether I write good poems or compose bad ones, the important thing is that I love writing.

The greatest inspiration to write will always be your own, undying passion. You become a writer because you love it, and because you want your thoughts and feelings to flow through your pen and onto the written page.

Writing is a source of joy, and even if I feel a bit sheepish about a specific piece of writing, the elation I feel after finishing it is dizzying.

When I first started out, I was too ashamed to share my poems with others. I was so disheartened that I felt that I should just give up on my passion completely, because I will never be good enough as a writer. It was one of the most uninspiring moments of my life.

However, with the support of my family and friends, I was able to improve. They give me constructive criticisms for my work and have helped me become better at my craft. In fact, once they have found out that I enjoyed writing creatively, they started asking me to read my latest poems and stories out loud to them in the evenings. It has truly helped boost my self esteem.

Lastly, I take inspiration from nature and the environment. There is nothing more inspiring than watching the sun set over the ocean, or listening to the breeze rustle through the leaves of an ancient tree. I would spend hours out on the fields with my pen and notebook on hand, enjoying the outdoors and taking ideas from it.

Inspiration and writing go hand in hand, and you all you have to do is to sit down and take advantage of it. Writing makes me happy, and I am glad that I seized every moment where inspiration struck.

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Teaching Children the Importance of Environmental Awareness Through the Creative Arts

Teaching Children the Importance of Environmental Awareness Through the Creative Arts

In our world today, particularly the United States, there is very little integration of environmental issues, awareness and policies into our education systems current academic curriculum. With the recent rise in global concern for our planet and the conservation of all our natural resources, it has become critical that we find a way to ensure today’s youth understands its value, and what each can do to help reduce his or her carbon footprint. A group of teachers from all over the country joined together to determine what would be the best way to successfully implement environmental concepts into current curricula, so that it is both fun and informative. The conclusion of the meeting resulted in the following: teachers must focus on implementing courses and activities not only into common science curricula, but also into the creative arts curricula.

The idea of incorporating critical planetary issues regarding sustainability into other areas of academia arose after one U.S. based creative arts teacher took a trip to Boulder, Colorado to visit a good friend who is an acupuncturist and who is also heavily involved in the go-green movement. The primary reason the teacher took this trip is because she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the current state of our environment from a tree-hugging veteran. Upon her stay, she learned quite a lot and had the pleasure of learning a wealth of information not only but the arts, but also about various eco-friendly products on the market, in addition to holistic approaches to leading a healthier lifestyle. Every product in her friend’s home was made from renewable resources. From her medicine cabinet, which was made up of entirely holistic alternatives, to her bath towels: every item was eco-friendly. She even had hypoallergenic eco-friendly bamboo sheets from Unbearably Soft Bamboo!

With that being said, the trip promoted the idea of integrating environmental issues into the classroom in the form of the arts. Kids want to be entertained, they want to be created and they want to have fun. What better way is there to instill critical planetary issues into our children, then through a fun and creative art project? If you’re an artistic and abstract like myself, it is likely that you find great value in the development of solutions to major global problems through a means of artistic expression. In fact, it is one of the best ways to make a statement about any major issue going on in the world right now. In conclusion, I would like to encourage all educational institutions and educators to seriously consider the incorporation of environmental awareness into a subject that does not typically bore our youth, but instead, informs them in a creative way and inspires them to act.

Please note, when you begin to develop the course regime and curriculum for your students, it is advised that you design the art project in a way that highlights the problem and encourages children to create solutions that can be performed within their local communities. This is not only the best way to educate children about their planet, it is also a great way to put the power into their hands, and show them an eco-friendly lifestyle that can be created right from their backyards!

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Teaching Children the Importance of Environmental Awareness Through the Creative Arts

Teaching Children the Importance of Environmental Awareness Through the Creative Arts

In our world today, particularly the United States, there is very little integration of environmental issues, awareness and policies into our education systems current academic curriculum. With the recent rise in global concern for our planet and the conservation of all our natural resources, it has become critical that we find a way to ensure today’s youth understands its value, and what each can do to help reduce his or her carbon footprint. A group of teachers from all over the country joined together to determine what would be the best way to successfully implement environmental concepts into current curricula, so that it is both fun and informative. The conclusion of the meeting resulted in the following: teachers must focus on implementing courses and activities not only into common science curricula, but also into the creative arts curricula.

The idea of incorporating critical planetary issues regarding sustainability into other areas of academia arose after one U.S. based creative arts teacher took a trip to Boulder, Colorado to visit a good friend who is an acupuncturist and who is also heavily involved in the go-green movement. The primary reason the teacher took this trip is because she wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the current state of our environment from a tree-hugging veteran. Upon her stay, she learned quite a lot and had the pleasure of learning a wealth of information not only but the arts, but also about various eco-friendly products on the market, in addition to holistic approaches to leading a healthier lifestyle. Every product in her friend’s home was made from renewable resources. From her medicine cabinet, which was made up of entirely holistic alternatives, to her bath towels: every item was eco-friendly. She even had hypoallergenic eco-friendly bamboo sheets from Unbearably Soft Bamboo!

With that being said, the trip promoted the idea of integrating environmental issues into the classroom in the form of the arts. Kids want to be entertained, they want to be created and they want to have fun. What better way is there to instill critical planetary issues into our children, then through a fun and creative art project? If you’re an artistic and abstract like myself, it is likely that you find great value in the development of solutions to major global problems through a means of artistic expression. In fact, it is one of the best ways to make a statement about any major issue going on in the world right now. In conclusion, I would like to encourage all educational institutions and educators to seriously consider the incorporation of environmental awareness into a subject that does not typically bore our youth, but instead, informs them in a creative way and inspires them to act.

Please note, when you begin to develop the course regime and curriculum for your students, it is advised that you design the art project in a way that highlights the problem and encourages children to create solutions that can be performed within their local communities. This is not only the best way to educate children about their planet, it is also a great way to put the power into their hands, and show them an eco-friendly lifestyle that can be created right from their backyards!

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My Home Office Gets Its Finishing Touches

My Home Office Gets Its Finishing Touches

I’m sitting in the space that will be my new world. I am so excited.

Only a year or so ago, setting up my own business and working from home seemed impossible, but now it’s all happening and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve been a copywriter in an agency for years and while I’ve always loved my job, I’m keen to spend more time at home now that the kids are getting older. It would have been good do so when they were little, but I know I’d never have been able to work with them around. Now that they’re teenagers, I know they’ll be off living their own lives before I know it, so I want to be around and involved in their lives as much as I can until that time comes.

I already have a number of clients lined up and I know I’ll be able to find more. I have a good reputation and what’s more, the agency has said they’ll pass me work. All I need to do now is get my home office ready. I’ve got some of the furnishings and I’ve ordered myself a new MacBook Pro. The room that’ll be my office is a really sunny room that faces south, so I need to be very careful about heat and light. In summer time the room gets extremely hot. It’s for this reason that I’ve selected my blinds really carefully. I wanted something affordable, functional and stylish at the same time. I really like window coverings from this brand, because know they will give me the style that I want at the same time as something that will block out the strong sunlight. I’ve found the perfect solution and I’m just hanging them now. I’m so proud of myself. Here I am, starting a new business and able to hang my blinds; that’s no mean feat!

But it’s not just the decoration that I need to get right for my office, I need to make sure that I have everything I need to work like clockwork, because irrespective of the fact that I’ll be working from home, I must make sure that I make at least as much money as I did before. I’m no financial wizard, so I’ve made sure that I have everything sorted out as it should be at the bank and I’ve hired Virtual Business Source to do my bookkeeping and my accounts. By working with them, I know that my affairs will be in order. All I need to do is scan and mail all of my invoices and receipts to them and they’ll do the rest. This means that I will be able to check up on my financial performance day or night, because they work on the cloud and that means that I have 24/7 access to all the information I need to know if my new business is on track or not.

I am so excited about my new venture. I can’t wait to be sending out my first piece of work.

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Big Sporting Events Are Environmental Hazards

Big Sporting Events Are Environmental Hazards

American Football is the most popular spectator sport in the United States and between August and February over 2 million people gather in 16 different stadiums across the country every weekend. Probably only a handful of them think about the environmental consequences of big sporting events.

To be honest with you, for many years I also didn’t really care. I went to several football games with my whole family and we really had a great time in and around the stadium. The first time, the huge energy consumption of a football stadium became obvious to me, was during last year’s Super Bowl in the Saints’ stadium – the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the third quarter the lights suddenly went out leaving the teams and fans in the dark and the game had to be suspended for more than half an hour.

This made me thinking because normally power outages only happen during heat waves or thunderstorms, so a big sporting event like the Super Bowl must consume an extraordinary amount of energy to be able to paralyze the power grid of a city like New Orleans. After some digging I found a very interesting story on this topic: While President Obama was on a trip to Africa last year to promote his new initiative “Power Africa”, the president of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf claimed that the Cowboys stadium near Dallas consumes more energy than the total capacity of Liberia’s power grid. I’ve personally not been to the Dallas Cowboys home, yet, but I regularly watch Dallas Cowboys games online and already noticed the huge video boards in the stadium. According to an energy analyst working for the Wall Street Journal, the AT&T stadium needs 10 megawatts of energy at peak demand on a regular NFL game day. This is more than three times the energy Liberia is able to pump into its national grid. So American football consumes an incredible amount of energy to power the stadiums and we should clearly think about how to reduce this energy consumption.

Some sports are also trying to improve the situation. The NBA recently started a promotion to make the franchises and the fans more environmentally conscious. In addition to that, two groups of environmentalists try to reduce the energy consumption of college campuses and their football stadiums. In all sports, stadiums are now trying to advertise with their LEED certifications and their ways to be more energy efficient.

But what about other sports in other countries? I found another article that looked into the energy consumption of Premier league soccer matches in England. According to that article, the energy consumed in one game would be sufficient to power nearly 800 American homes for one year and the writers came to the conclusion that you should rather watch sports at your neighborhood bar than in a stadium.

I took this advice to heart and albeit my family was a little sad at first, we don’t go to American football games anymore. Instead, we regularly invite friends to come to our place and have a nice barbecue on our patio and then watch the game together at home.

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The Benefits of Tea for Stress Relief

Today has been one of those days where my surroundings have greatly affected the way I think. I generally have no problem in rolling with the punches, I can usually switch gears pretty easily too. But today, for some strange reason, every stimulation got under my skin. As I set about my daily tasks, I noticed that everything that went wrong was extremely irritating. From the moment that I broke my favorite coffee cup to the moment I forgot my lunch in the oven, this day has been a disaster. The thing is, there have been many days like this one, days where I was able to bounce back and brush these irritations aside. But something was different about today, and it took me a while to understand what it was.

It was the humidity in the air. Today, unlike most days, the atmosphere caused my stress level to be elevated drastically. From one irritation to the next, I found myself growing angry and no able to find satisfaction in any task that I performed. I tried taking a nap about halfway through the day, but this only made me feel worse when I woke. It was when I started looking through my email that I spotted something interesting. It was an ad about green tea.

I had heard many things about green tea benefits, its stress relieving properties are almost unrivalled by any other product. In fact green tea benefits are only second to one other tea that professed to the be best type of tea for stress relief and other health concerns. According to what I was reading, peppermint tea is the ultimate stress reliever available to those who need a natural solution to a horrific day like mine. I thought about all the other things that I tried to relieve my tension and stress, including white tea benefits, and realized that I may be missing out on another solution. I decide to try the peppermint tea and see what all the fuss was about.

I looked through the cabinet finding several boxes of tea that I had purchased at the health food store. I was pleased to find that I could enjoy both peppermint and white tea benefits directly in my home. I opened a box and went to work on brewing a nice cup of peppermint concoction. When the tea was ready, I sat back in my recliner and took a nice long sip of the aromatic brew. The taste was lovely and tingling, very nearly like drinking a warm cup of liquid candy cane, but much lighter. It was indeed a very nice change from my usual cup of coffee. As I finished my cup of peppermint tea, I noticed that my anger was subsiding and most of the tension had drained from my body. It was true, I had found something that would relieve the harsh tension and save the remainder of my day.

I won’t always have good days, many days are going to be much like this one. But the great aspect about days such as today, is that I don’t have to stumble through he much and mire with a negative attitude. Peppermint tea apparently relieves stress, clears sinuses and helps you sleep as well. I guess it’s okay if I am angry, the most important aspect is to make sure that my anger doesn’t get the best of me, and affect my health. I am excited about finding more natural remedies like peppermint tea.

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Hunting, Fishing and Hiking – Booming Again?

Hunting, Fishing and Hiking – Booming Again?

The great outdoors is a vast an expansive place. With endless possibilities for adventure, exploration and discovery the appeal of getting closure to nature is apparent. With increasing focus being given to conservation and environmental protection, getting closer to nature is perhaps not as easy as it once was. However, the traditional means are still viable, with hunting, fishing, hiking and exploration enjoying considerable booms in their popularity. For each of these activities, a certain standard of equipment is needed to fully enjoy the experience. One of these tools, and often underestimated in terms of their importance, is the knife. A decent knife can go a long way to making you trip to getting closer to nature a much more enjoyable and successful experience.

With potential to be used in a multitude of situations, a good knife really is essential for anyone that frequents the outdoors. Whether it’s to cut ropes down to size, trim down your fishing line, strip excess leaves from your firewood, for gutting your captured hunt or just to open packaged camping food, a quality knife is going to come in handy. With pen knives or Swiss army knives likely to come up a little short, and the fact that you’ll never need all of the attachments crammed into their enclosure, the most logical purchase is going to be a folding knife. With much thicker, stronger and sharper blades and more ergonomic designs making extended use much more comfortable, folding knives may cost a little more than a pen knife, but they really justify their price. The blade material also tends to be of a much higher quality than with everyday knives, meaning a folding knife is going to last longer and keep the rust at bay for a considerable amount of time, provided they are maintained properly.

Safe and easy to use, folding knives have made their way from the wilderness into the hearts of many a nature enthusiast. With a blade large enough and sharp enough to make the more arduous of camping and hunting tasks far from laborious, the folding knives have proved their usefulness in a multitude of situation. Costing not much more than your average pen knife, you can pick up a decent folding knife for just over $25, the Ontario RAT II Tactical Folding Knife is a prime example.

Equipped with a 4 way clip position, heavy duty construction and a razor-sharp AUS-8 blade, the Ontario RAT II is the ideal choice for those looking for their first folding knife for all their outdoor needs. At just over three inches in length, it’s small enough to fit inside your pocket and with fast and smooth deployment thanks to the phosphor bronze bushings its simple and easy to use at all times. With a safe tight lock system preventing accidental release of the blade, the knife is also a great choice for younger campers and hunters. More information about folding knives can be found over at the foldingknifehq.com.

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Stomp your Stress Away by Taking your Family Outdoors!

Spending time with your family is always a great thing. Most families only get to be together during weekends or vacations. So whenever they get some time off from work or school, they oftentimes choose to go on trips that would bring them closer to nature. Nature always has this amazing ability to revitalize one’s energy and zest for life. Even the slightest touch of those luscious greens that welcome you when you step into the boundaries of earth’s greatest paradise is enough to put away all the stress that may have burdened you in the past week.

For the more adventurous brood, family time can also be a bit more challenging when you explore rocky hills while sporting a pair of trekking sandals, or your best pair of men’s hiking boots that can also make you feel like a conqueror ready to battle an enormous boulder platoon. Going outdoors is a good way to break from the traditional home dates that will just leave you watching some re-runs of television dramas and drain you of your remaining vigor. Appreciating the world’s most natural landscapes together can help create moments that are not just exciting but also unforgettable.

Family is more than just a social unit. It is the primary source of your motivation and the fire that keeps you going when you are feeling down. That is why it is important that you keep your communication lines open with your loved ones. Another good thing about taking these trips in the wilderness is the fact that it can also bring you and your family much closer by having a unique experience that only you can relate to.

Sharing meals over a bonfire, while talking about your fondest childhood memories, is more than thrilling for kids who have never tried cooking outside the convenience of a modern and pristine kitchen. They can feel more relaxed being surrounded by nature’s warmth and forget about the rough roads, trampled on by your favorite work boots, as they realize the wonders of a star-lit campsite. When you take your family to a place where everything is simply beautiful and breath-taking, they would definitely feel refreshed.

You can be grateful for all the things that you have achieved through hard work. But the best thing about having the means to provide for your family is giving them the chance to experience something that they can treasure for the rest of their lives. You can sacrifice a part of your day to your work, but you should always devote the best of yourself to those who matter. A weekend getaway outdoors is only one of the things that you can do for your family. Forming a strong bond with them while you still can remains to be the ultimate gift you can bestow your loved ones. If you and your children develop a common love for hunting, fishing or even trekking then you can put your ever-reliable hiking boots on and travel the world together.

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Great Creative Writing Podcasts Or When Not Start Your Own With Simple USB Mic

Great Creative Writing Podcasts Or When Not Start Your Own With Simple USB Mic

Do you struggle with creative writing? Are you flat out of new story ideas? Are you really perplexed and confounded over the publishing industry? Do you need guidance on becoming a professional wordsmith?
There are plenty of sources – some good and some poor – in the online world, and they all promise to improve your writing. But who has the time to follow tens, if not hundreds, of creative writing sites, blogs, forums, and workshops?

That is why we’ve put together a summary of the best writing podcasts for all you creative writers out there. Following our high quality list will mean you are getting the best advice without needing to follow 100′s of blogs. Let’s get started.

Writing Excuses

Writing Excuses is a creative writing show by Dan Wells and Howard Tayler.

This podcast is well-known and attracts over 10,000 listens per show. Each episode addresses a subject associated with creative writing, whether it is about literary methods, thought farms, scripting, or the industry.

Along with this, the guys are super funny making Writing Excuses unquestionably among the best writing podcasts on the net.

The Writing Show

The Writing Show started in 2005 and it is still going now. This podcast is full of advice for all kinds of writers – copywriters, novelists, contract writers, screenwriters, technical writers, and more!

Topics on the podcast vary from intimate chats with writers to discussions on industry trends, from tips on writing and getting published and marketing your books that are already out there. Each of the 180 episodes lasts for 30 to 60-minutes. It’s a great resource!

Dead Robots’ Society

The Dead Robots’ Society is a show that Justin Macumber started with the aim of supporting aspiring writers.
Fascinating fact – Macumber was inspired by the I Should Be Writing podcast to create his own show so it’s really something of a spin off!
Justin creates great author interviews, industry analysis, book critiques and tips about writing in general. Not to be missed.

I Should Be Writing

The witty title promises a funny show and ‘I Should Be Writing’ does not disappoint. Hosted by Mur Lafferty, the show’s main goal is to help writers writer better.

There are over 200 shows recorded already packed full of great writing tips. Make sure you give this show a try.

Scriptcast

Scriptcast is all about the specialist topic of screenwriting and if you’re into that then this is one podcast that you simply won’t wish to miss. It’s hosted by Script Doctor Eric, an expert screenwriter. Screenwriters from all over the place have sent in their own testimonials describing how great Scriptcast been in helping them get started.

As far as I know, instalments are still being made, even if they can be released somewhat irregularly.

If you are interested a podcast can be created quite easily if you have a usb microphone or an audio interface. This guide helps with the technical aspects of getting started and for growing your podcast audience then you should check out these guys over here.

Did we miss out any creative writing podcasts? Let us know what you think or if you plan on starting any show yourself.

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Peppermint Tea Benefits: Getting in the Writing Mindset

If you’re like me, the all-consuming fires of the Great Abyss–more commonly known as “life”–devour us from doing the things we love most. If you were to consider one of man’s greatest fears over the course of time, failure would most likely be among the top five. For those who want to pursue writing, this inevitable feeling is magnified to the tenth power.

Slaying the Mundane

Writing is a rewarding yet unpredictable endeavor. You can either swim across the surface of acceptance or drown in a sea of rejection letters as deep as the Mariana Trench. As a result, the pressures telling us to pursue a safe and practical route in the professional world thrust us into the path of a barreling reality boulder (i.e. mortgage, car payments, utilities, etc.)

The fact of the matter is that writing is a process. It’s not something you can add to your list of multitasking; it requires actual focus. It can be difficult to stay focused with those pesky financial necessities breathing down our necks, so it’s important to make sure you can clear up your busy schedule so that you can let those pure ideas flow without worrying about when your next car insurance payment is due. I call it “slaying the mundane”–handling the less fulfilling business first before sitting down to write. Who knows? Maybe paying off that utility bill today could be the inspiration for tomorrow’s power outage story idea.

Getting in the Zone

The solutions to channeling your inner writer are not mutually exclusive, but almost all of them should begin with tea. I’m not trying to be more British than the British, but tea–particularly white tea–has become a part of of my daily routine for a variety of reasons. Aside from wanting to look like an authentic writer, white tea has several health benefits. The least processed of the teas, white tea has the highest level of antioxidants, which neutralizes the radicals known for speeding up aging. Peppermint tea, which some consider a member of the white tea family, aids in stomach ailments and stress relief. These are just a few of the peppermint tea benefits. Needless to say,
white tea benefits are endless. I personally like the idea that sitting at my desk while getting healthy.

That being said, don’t use tea as a permanent crutch. Sitting down or standing for long periods of time can be detrimental to your health. I recently noticed that my varicose veins have increased since I’ve been using my stand-up desk in my home office. It’s important to do physical activities between writing to keep your legs moving. Take time to make your space writer-friendly, and there are several affordable ways to do so. I put up a set of blinds in my office. Window coverings can definitely set the ambiance of a room. Noise levels are another important factor. I know some of my friends write to movie soundtracks while others need total silence.

What to Write

I can’t tell you what to write, but I can tell you that readers never like to feel detached. When my family and I traveled to the Bahamas, we stayed at an all-inclusive hotel–readers like to participate in whatever you’re writing.

Writing is a process that requires patience and perseverance. Ten years ago, I might have told you to pursue something practical. I even considered becoming a nurse when I started college, but, in the end, writing worked out for me. I will leave LPN to RN degrees to someone else. With the Internet solidifying our means of connection, the borders are limitless.