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Find Your Writing Comfort Level and Then Expand It

25 Apr


It is my pleasure to welcome my friend Liz Davis to my site today.  Lizzy has a tip for all of us….oh, I’m sorry, you can find Liz’s blog here….okay, now for Lizzy’s tip:

“Take time to write on subjects you wouldn’t normally consider. Find a boring subject (like drywall repair or life insurance), and try to spice it up to make it interesting. This opens up new pathways in your brain and gets the creative juices flowing.”

Oh how important is that tip?  I have spoken often about finding your writer’s voice.  I am convinced that the best way to find your true voice is to step outside of your comfort zone and try other genres of writing.  Try a poem.  Try a romantic essay.  Try, as Liz suggests, writing about an incredibly boring subject and see if you can’t make it interesting.  We need to extend ourselves as writers.  We need to experiment and spread our wings.  To do less than that is to limit ourselves, and limiting will never allow us to be the writer we can truly be.

As much as I dislike doing content work to pay the bills, it has made me a better writer.  When I am doing an article about a 1997 Honda Accord, my first goal is to make that article interesting, and believe me, I have to spread my mental wings to do so….but in the end I have, as Liz suggests, opened up new pathways in my brain and allowed my creative juices to flow.


Write It Sideways can be found here.  This is a nice list of writing sites where you can find help and useful suggestions to follow.  I have used it and found it quite helpful.

“If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn’t brood.  I’d type a little faster.”~Isaac Asimov

How many can relate to the words of Asimov? I know I can.  I love writing. I love finding the perfect combination of verbs and nouns so that a picture forms in the mind of my readers. I love creating emotions in my readers and I love the connection and bond I form with my readers.  Yes indeed, I would just type faster. J


Let me introduce you to Shauna Bowling, or Bravewarrior to those who write on HubPages.  You can find her work here.  What I love about Sha, other than her heart and passion, is her willingness to try new things.  She is constantly expanding and attempting new venues.  She is the epitome of a serious writer who wants to become an excellent writer.  She is also a dear friend of mine, and I hope you take a moment to go visit her.


Yellowstone 2009 184

Yes, another picture from Yellowstone National Park.  What does it do for you?  I don’t know about you, but put me out in nature and I am like a sponge, soaking up the sights and sounds…..and my mind reacts immediately and then articles are born.


“Two Minutes A Day For A Greener Planet” by Marjorie Lamb.

I admit it, I’m a Greener.  I have serious concerns about our planet, and I believe each one of us can do more to help this beautiful home of ours.  This book is filled with ideas that you can do daily that will make a difference in this world.  It’s a small book and easy to read; you can probably pick it up used on ebay for a couple bucks if interested.


I’m sure some of you know that I just started writing my novel “The Vision:  Humanity One World.”  I’m excited about it and loving the process.  I decided to make this a fiction instead of non-fiction.  Because of the nature of this topic, namely making this world a better place to live, I feared that a non-fiction approach would be too dry and possibly boring.  I think, by telling a story, I can drive home the central theme in an entertaining way.

It is, I guess, a fantasy, but it is based on today’s world and the realities we all live with.  The inspiration for the book came from a book I read decades ago by Og Mandino called “The Greatest Miracle In The World.”  I borrowed the spirit of that book to write my own and I hope, when all is said and done, that you all enjoy it.  When you read it…if you read it…you will hear John Lennon’s “Imagine” playing in the background. J


Yes, provided there is a tomorrow, I will be back with more thoughts and tips for you to read and hopefully enjoy.  Thanks for the visit on this 25th day of May, 2013.