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Creative Writing Strategies

In my Creative Writing Exercise Workbook I teach several ways to help you accelerate your search for what type of writing you prefer and help you get started.There are 57 exercises which allow you to try different types of writing to see which ones appeal to you. I encourage you to try all of them.

If you would like to find out more about writing which can help you realize your dream to become an author, you can find that information in this material.

You may be surprised when you try a type of writing you had not considered before only to discover you really want to do that type of writing which is called a genre (john-rah).

Communicating through writing will give you a complete understanding of how to use a step by step process to start and sustain your writing.

You can preview the book below.

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Welcome to Writing Success

Learn to Write Easily

Fulfill your dream to become a writer. Decide to get started and begin.

If you have considered writing, you might want to research genres (categories or different types of writing) to see which area you would enjoy. You can write in more than one genre.

For a description of many genres visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_writing_genres

There are many advantages to learning to write. Publishing is an option, but not required for you to be successful as a writer.

The key is to get started and to have fun.

Strategies to Promote Creative Performance

Discover the ingredients that stimulate your creative ability more.

Learn techniques and strategies to promote creative performance and apply what you can to your writing. If you discover the ingredients that stimulate your creative ability more, you will experience more creativity. Learn from each creative experience and use it to promote techniques, strategies, and creative achievements.

Just look at what you are pursuing with your goals, and create a balance to support your efforts.   Learn to recognize that even if you do an excellent job, keep optimizing until you feel finished. Be careful not to overdo it in this area because sometimes your inner critic intervenes at this stage.

Allow yourself a creative and imaginative environment: smells can, for example, promote the creative flow. Use this to give yourself a creative boost in the future when you need a little extra help to get back into your creative streams.

Just note when you start and realize that you can apply this to other projects you are currently executing. You can improve at any time in your writing development. The evaluation itself should be positive and encourage your inner author to unfold. By following this, you are making a balance in your life by supporting your efforts.

Some say that creativity in writing is a trait we are born with; others say that it is learned through simple techniques. There are different phases in which we express ourselves. Some are more involved than others, but when we tap into our inner author, we realize that we all have a certain increased quality of creativity when writing.

This simple exercise can help your right brain to allow your inner author to work with ease, and you should start moving in that direction. Find out what works for you, your schedule, and your life needs, and decide which way you want to write. Start writing at different times until you find the right time for your creativity to bloom.

Be prepared to explain yourself briefly and let others read your work occasionally before it is published.  Find an incentive to let others support your writing efforts. As you learn to liberate your inner author, you are getting closer to your true potential as an author. It’s always something you want to do, so keep track of how you do it and move on.

Ask for feedback if you need to add something to explain what you wrote in detail. If you are very close to a topic, don’t leave out valuable information. Know that you have added information to help your reader understand the story and connect with what you are sharing.

Remember that you are unique and have a unique way of communicating so that others can connect with you and learn from what you have to say. You will have an additional incentive to continue your development as a writer.

Keep alert, so you can enjoy the things that happen during this activity. The fun of exploring your inner author will make you work towards your goal and help you move forward as a writer.

Think of things that could make your story humorous, or add creative twists. Maybe it could happen with a toothpaste tube, or you could splash toothpaste on the mirror. Handle mundane tasks with humor. The mundane task can make a more exciting addition to your stories, such as a joke or a funny twist.

The more things can happen to you, the more creative you can be with your stories, and the better. You can continue to collect items related to this topic and use these little things for various accounts. Imagine how you use the brush handle and then think about what a funny brush that could be. It could be a combination of paint and brush, or you disassemble it on the road.

Gather ideas and turn events into funny stories with an added creative twist. Listen to a statement in a conversation on TV or radio, write it down as you go through life, and see if you can add a new twist.

Think of the last puzzle you saw or read and how many different directions a creative twist has guided the plot. Take humor as an example; what makes you laugh are the ways to reformulate the idea. Apply this technique to any spelling you wish to perform and see how it can improve your writing, action, and contribute to your satisfaction. Creative phrases can appear in any writing.

 

Enjoy Communicating With More Ease

Making your writing fun will inspire you to continue

Counting and Colors with Teddy Bears

Our very own Kim Schmidt shares some of her Teddy Bears with us in this book which is Beary cute. Checkout, the Teddy Bear pictured on the cover, will be the tour guide and he has invited some Teddy Bear friends to help. The book not only teaches colors and counting, it has some extra hidden picture games where your child is asked to find items in the picture.

Click here to learn more and order.

 

 

How to Increase Your Productivity

Writing strategies to implement now.

Somewhere in this fantastic, big world, someone needs to hear what you have to say. Your readers need to benefit from your unique voice, your particular perspective, your one and only point of view, your ideas. The world is looking for all kinds of writers with viewpoints, thoughts, insights, instructions, tips, and more.

Break out of procrastination and increase your productivity by following this beginner’s guide. ~ Marjorie J McDonald

Here are the methods I’ve used regularly to let ideas start flowing.

1. Make Mini-commitments

When you start to move, you generate motivation.

Ask yourself, “Can I write a few sentences?” Then, ask, “Can I just finish this one paragraph?”

Keep going with small steps. Ask, can I do a few more sentences?

2. Walk Before Writing

Walking has been shown to enhance creativity. Momentum can generate motivation. Physical movement gets you into action. Get into a peak state before writing is like “sharpening the ax” before chopping down a tree.

3. Learn to Become Inspired

Great writers are often avid readers. However, reading rather than writing can become a form of procrastination in excess. A little dose of reading can inspire.

Reading can stimulate your mind with new ideas when you ask: How would I put that into my own words? Or, find a story or metaphor you can use.

Following templates is another way to become inspired. I write by just asking, “What are X # ways one can overcome procrastination?” Start jotting ideas down.

4. Work Through Fears and Uncertainty

Fears and uncertainty are many times at the root of procrastination. There can be doubts, fear of failure, fear of wasting time about what you want to accomplish, leading to indecision and excuses.

Procrastination is a symptom and rarely the root issue. Trying to fix procrastination without treating the root cause is like trying to fix fatigue caused by a parasite infection by drinking more coffee instead of getting rid of the parasite. A good coach and personal development are essential for writers.

5. Use Accountability and “Case Study Mindset.”

A case study mindset is a term I’ve used to describe turning your projects into a case study. Share your insights on your writing journey with others, such as through blog/videos/posts, and use that to keep you accountable.

You could add further accountability by telling people when your writing project will be complete. Offer them something if you did not accomplish what you said you would do. I used to provide friends $20 if I didn’t get a rough draft done by a particular date.

Create either deadline or scheduled writing times for yourself when it makes sense to do so based on the project and your personality/workflow. When possible, write before other fun activities, so those activities become a reward for finishing your task.

Which of these writing strategies will you begin to implement now?

How to Make Information the Most Manageable

Who are your readers? Help your readers experience your writing.

Every person sees the events happening around them from different perspectives. Your opinion is important about what is happening. Look at the events from several points of view to help you reduce any writer’s blocks you might be experiencing.

The people who can write about a topic or tell a story have the most varied experience.  They have reviewed all of the information. When you hear an account, you might not get all of the details until you listen to it in another way. That can happen to your readers as well. Each person has a way that the information is most manageable for them to understand.  You have to have a point of view, and somewhere there is information that your audience can gain knowledge from your writing perspective.

Think about a salad bar. There are many choices, but they do not appeal to everyone going through to get their salad. That is what is happening to your reader. They have a preference for how to understand your writing.

It is called their learning style. When information presented is in a reader’s learning style, that might be seen in pictures or hearing the story’s details or feeling. They can connect with the writing from their perspective.

Help your readers experience the event

preferences for walkway

Express your writing with confidence in the different learning styles so your readers can connect with your topics. When you have connected your subject with your readers, your readers will want to read more of your writing. You are not writing from wanting everyone’s approval of you. You can now be delighted that the readers have had an easier time understanding your writing and want more from you.

Add some perspective from others involved in your story, such as friends, family, colleagues, and friends of friends or friends of family members. Help your readers see the pictures, hear the words in the descriptions, and hear from the people involved.

Present information in a reader’s learning style

Help your readers experience the event contained in the emotions you write about, not only the events themselves but also the feelings of those in your writing. Tell your reader about the information. Then show them visual descriptions they can picture with the pictures based on the words in the story. Add feeling about what the news in your writing is expressing.

Make Today a Better Place to Be

Memories mixed with a little creativity improve everything

Celebrate the past in the present

Using our family history gives us a place to remember and record our comparisons to what happened then and what is happening now. It can bring many happy memories and a few that are not so happy. Both help make today a better place to be and encourage us to make tomorrow even better.

Memories mixed with a little creativity can improve everything. Those memories allow us to remember and cherish those things that helped us become who we are today as individuals and communities. It’s also like having a flashlight on those things that can use improvement.

Women have always had a role in keeping the history of their families and communities alive through storytelling, handing down recipes, and keeping family treasures safe. They celebrate our family heritage with inspiring stories.

Women have always had a role in keeping the history of their families and communities alive through storytelling, handing down recipes, and keeping family treasures safe. They celebrate our family heritage with inspiring stories.

My mother taught school for many years, and every few years, she would have the children bring in a favorite family recipe. The recipes formed a cookbook. The cover of the cookbook was the child’s art project for that part of the school year. That became the Mother’s Day gift for the child to give their mom. We always got to try all of the recipes, and I still use some of them today, many years later, as they still are among my favorites.

Even you men can write stories about what you remember about the ladies in your family. They kept family traditions to help us remember what was important to our families and our local communities. Even in the organizations, we belonged to or now belong to; there was a historian. They kept track of the events every year.

Now write about the men in your family. My grandparents went from horse and buggy days to the moon shot in their life span. Just think about what your families have experienced and be willing to share those stories with others. They are inspiring and encouraging to everyone when we read of events and weather the storms or the happy events and continue forward in life.

Comparing stories when you are at family reunions

You can always celebrate the past in the present. You are noticing the stories and the happenings of the family and friends around you. Think back in your earlier years and see what you can remember and write about it. Others in your family might remember the events differently, so have fun comparing stories when you are at family reunions or gatherings. See whose version wins for that event, and next time bring another fun story about your family.

The history and the traditions usually are carried out year after year because they were unique to those around us. Adding to those stories is the younger generation’s privilege. One to be kept so we can see the progress we have made. Also, we see the extraordinary things that have taken place in our lifetimes.

Creative Writing – How Do I Start?

Have the confidence to express your perspective .

You are the only one that can tell your story or write about your topic as it is the information from your point of view. Everyone sees events from a different perspective, so your opinion is just as important as the next person. It can relieve many stresses and writers’ block if you only recognize that one point.

Have you ever heard information and did not get it until someone else told you the same story in a different way? Well, that is what happens to your reader. Some people see pictures; some can hear the information, feel, and connect with that part of your data.

People might connect with how you write better than how someone else has given them the information. Have the confidence to express your perspective on any subject, knowing that there will be those who connect. Those who do not is what makes it so easy to start to write.

You have a point of view, and somewhere there is an audience who can understand the information from your perspective. Just write and share with your reader what your idea or information is about and go on to the next article, story, or type of writing you want to do. Get over wanting to have everyone approve of you, and you will be amazed at the number of people who will.

Try to tell your reader the information.

Show them pictures by your word descriptions.

Include the feelings about how you feel about what you are writing

Include the feelings of the characters you are writing about or the others involved with the story.

Keep these keys handy when writing:

Did they see my word pictures?

Did they hear my story by the way I was telling it?

Did they feel the emotions of who I was writing about and the included events?

How to Regularly Share Your Writing

11 Ways to reach more readers

Start today and begin to promote your writing. Do it more efficiently by following these guidelines.

1. Feature your story on your website

Featuring your articles or stories is a great way to showcase your best work. Sharing can also boost views to an earlier post that could use more attention.

2. Post to your social media accounts in various forms

A weekly wrap up with links to multiple articles is one way to get your stories to more readers. Put a short comment sharing what inspired you to begin writing. Occasionally post your whole story.

Posting content regularly is best. Choose a schedule and continue with it.

Once a day.

Once a week

Every 2 weeks

Once a month.

Hire a virtual assistant if you need to do that.

3. Email your mailing list

Regularly share your writing with your list. Your list wants to hear from you. If you don’t have an eBook, transform one of your most popular articles into one. If you want a digital copy for sale, there is no length limit. If you want a printed book, you need a minimum of 24 pages.

4. Publish and sell on your website or online

Please place it in different categories, which allow people to find you more often. Optimize your article with different keywords. To quickly move up in Google rankings, continue to share on your website.

5. Share with others

Share your posts to your Facebook pages or in your Facebook group if you have one set up. Always ask the group admin if you can post in other Facebook groups. Create a picture and post to Pinterest. Tweet. Record videos and upload them to your YouTube account. Do an Instagram post if you have an account there.

6. Link to your articles

Share links when it fits into your content context. You can internally link to another story on your website that might give additional information to enhance your story or article.

7. Find new places and publications

Increase your readership by submitting new stories to other platforms or publications.

Read all of their guidelines, review their recommended examples, and write to appeal to that publication’s audience.

Editors have the information they will share that tell you what types of content gets the highest number of reads. See what you write that gets the most attention and create more content like that.

8. Notice when you get asked to write for other publications.

Check the publication’s quality, the editor, readership, and other articles. If they seem to fit the style you like to write in, say yes! It’s a nice compliment.

9. Care about your readers

When you connect with readers on your email list, social media, and other community platforms, you’ll get a snapshot view of who your readers are. That will help you create more content to share with them.

10. Discover

What appealed to them to read what you wrote?

What helped them with their struggle?

Uplift with your words.

Continually improve your writing so your readers want to read more.

11. Repeat

Promote your story or article more than once.

Write a few stories, and then promote an earlier article or story to reach new readers. Repeat.

Conclusion

Stop blaming others for why you’re not getting more views.

If you are not making it as a writer, ask yourself why.

Step up for your reader and yourself — spread the word about your writing.

Review:

Feature your writing

Use social media

Email your mailing list

Publish on your website

Share with others

Link to your articles on your website

Put links to other stories at the bottom of your main story.

Connect with new publications

Consider invitations to write for other publications.

Care about your readers

Repeat

You’ll be pleased with the attention and opportunities that come your way.

Add to The Charm of Your Characters

How to Enrich Your Character Writing

When you are writing your stories or a book, think about the different seasons of your characters’ lives. In life, we have spring, summer, fall, and winter. Add to the charm of your stories by adding the details from each season.

This story looks at a character who has gone through life.  They are experiencing more of the things found in their winter season. See if these details could enrich the lives of the characters you are featuring in your writing.

Your winter season character will have thoughts like:

You know that time has a way of moving quickly. It catches you, not noticing or being unaware of the years that have passed. It seems like yesterday that:

I was young

just married

embarking on my new life with my mate.

AND THEN IT IS WINTER

In a way, it seems like many years ago. I wonder where those years have gone.

I know that I lived through them. I have memories of how it was then and memories of all my hopes, of all my dreams. Here it is, the winter years of my life, and it caught me by surprise. How could this be possible? How did it get here so quickly? Where did all of those years go, and where did my youth go? I remember seeing older people through the years and thinking that those “older people” were years away from me. That the winter season of my life was so far off that, I could not fully imagine what it would look like or be like to arrive there.

Nowadays my friends are retired and getting grey, they move slower, and I see an older person. Some friends are in better shape and worse shape than I am, but I see a significant difference. Their age is starting to show, and we are now the older people that we saw and did not think we would ever see.

Every day now, I find that just taking a shower is a real project for the day! A plan to move on my own free will keep me from falling asleep where I am sitting!

As I enter this winter season of my life, I notice many things.  I am often unprepared for all the aches and pains.  The occasional loss of strength along with the ability to go and do things that I wish I had done. I remember not doing them or just never taking the time!!

Now, I know that the winter has come, a new adventure has begun!

Some regrets or things I could have decided not to do. Some things I have happy memories of doing. Finding some things I still want to do. It’s all in a lifetime.

Each season of your life comes faster than you think it will. Do the things you want to do as soon as you can.

Find a way to add them to your schedule of experiences on your bucket list.

Life goes by fast. So,  say the things you want or need to say. Be in today as

you move forward on your journey.

I hope that your family and friends appreciate and love you.

“Life” is a GIFT to you from you to yourself and others.

Remember: It is Your Health that is Real Wealth.

You may find you ask more questions about “what?” or when?”

You might find you have three sizes of clothes in your closet. 2 of which you will never wear.

“Old” is useful in some things:

Old Songs

Old movies

Old recipes

OLD FRIENDS!!

 

Unexpected Twists and Conflicts

Add depth to your character exchanges