The Creative Life ~ It’s All About You

It’s my job to take my creative life seriously. It’s not just a hobby, it’s a way of life. Much like my hotel life, I knew it wasn’t going to be a summer job when I first walked into the main dining room of Chateau Lake Louise. Something sparkled within and whispered, ‘this is going to be fun…’ and it has been for over twenty-five years. Yes, there were speed bumps along the way, but, that’s life. You learn from those hiccups and move forward.

During my hospitality career, I have reinvented myself ten times over from busser to server to fine dining server to host, to supervisor, to f&b manager to switchboard operator, front desk agent, duty manager, front office manager, general manager, and now director of human resources. Every position, every transfer came with me learning more about the hotel life that I needed to grow. Every experience provided me with what was and is needed to maintain this creative life. Thank you, universe.

Steven Pressfield shares in his, The War of Art, a professional recognizes her limitations

She gets an agent, she gets a lawyer, she gets an accountant. She knows she can only be a professional at one thing. She brings in other pros and treats them with respect.

I am not at the stage where I need to hire an entourage, but one day soon. I know I need to be a pro at what I do best. Write. I have been given this talent to tell stories and over the years I have been guided to write memoir. I ended up working for luxury hotels for a reason. I wanted to be a writer who shared my story. The universe listened and provided me with circumstances to end up on top of a mountain overlooking a glacier-fed mountain at the age of nineteen when I was reborn as my true self. A creative being.

I don’t like to dwell on the past, only when I am working on my memoirs, so I won’t tell the poor me story. The one where I was dancing the balanced life of being a writer and working at a hotel. Before I made that statement, it was, I was a manager at a hotel trying to write. What turned me around was rewatching the movie, Singles, and one of the characters said something similar, I’m an actor who happens to be a maître at a restaurant. My creative being stood up and cheering, ‘This is what we need to start thinking!’ and I did and I was living that life. Fast forward, moving across the country, starting a new life, building a farm, a global pandemic, and my comfortable hotel life became a one-person show, the team of fifty dwindled down to five and we ran a hotel for a year. There was no room for much more. The writing suffered, my well-being suffered, but I played a good game. I continued my morning pages to maintain the physical act of writing freehand, and I wrote blogs each week for Monday Blogs, but my memoir was fizzling out much like the rest of the world trying to survive the heart of the pandemic.

Stop the Movie

I had to tell myself to turn off the movie I was replaying in my head. The story of thinking just because the pandemic shut down everyone’s job and I was lucky enough to keep my job. But at what cost? Working and being on call 24/7, no, I am more than another number and I let the ego wiggle itself into my life. Then I said, stop. Stop the ego related thoughts and stop going through the motions. So, I do what I do best. I sat in silence. I meditated, went for walks, joined a writing spring group, and jumped back into my writing life. I reinvested back into my corporation. I shook my head and told myself I would be fired for letting my second book fall to the waste side when I gave myself a deadline. I can hire myself and I can fire myself. I can also bring myself down a peg or two when I get too ahead of myself. I also have to coach myself to get back to my memoir. So here I am coaching myself on the page, I’m my own cheerleader and have the biggest pom-poms waving in the air, shouting motivational and loving cheers.

Steven Pressfield share, if we think of ourselves as a corporation, it gives us a healthy distance from ourselves. We’re less subjective. We don’t take blows as personally. We’re more cold-blooded; we can price our wares more realistically. Sometimes, as Joe Blow himself, I’m too mild-mannered to go out and sell. But as Joe Blow, Inc., I can pimp the hell out of myself. I’m not me anymore. I’m Me, Ince.

I’m a pro.

I love this image. I am a pro. I am going to sell the hell out of myself.

Thank you for being here with me today.

Are you struggling with your writing life? Do you need to get back on track? I would love to hear from you. Maybe I can help you get back to the page. Let me know. I’m here.

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

The Creative Life ~ We Play Hurt

Athlete’s play hurt, amateurs think they need to have the perfect time and place to write the next best seller. The professional knows better.

Steven Pressfield shares in, Turning Pro, Tap :

Has your husband just walked out on you? Has your El Dorado been repossessed?

Keep writing.

Keep composing.

Keep shooting film.

Athletes plat hurt. Warriors fight scared.

The professional takes two aspiring and keeps on trukin’.

I keep going back to the professional’s habits. I also recognize the distractions that show up each week. I set an intention to write every day after work or dinner, and then by the time I get home, I find myself falling into the sofa ready to unwind with a glass of wine and side of Netflix.

The professional would swat away those distractions and ego related self-doubt. I must possess those habits and start getting back into a solid routine of writing daily. I do write morning pages every morning where I write three long hand pages, a mind dump to start the day of right. It is clear that I need to change my routine, my thoughts and habits. My creative life depends on it.

One of Steven Pressfield’s professional habits that rings true; The professional accepts no excuses. I shared this was something I needed to work on a few weeks ago. I am still working on it, I am aware this is an excuse. The professional is not accepting this. I am aware and ready to take the next step to get my creative life back.

How is your creative life? What steps are you taking to get back on track? I love hear from you. When we share we help each other to say, we are not alone.

Thank you for being here with me today.

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

The Creative Life ~ Where Is The Magic?

I believe in magic. Yes, I do. That is where I find creativity. The sparkle of the unknown triggers my imagination. I find new characters and ideas amongst the levels of magic that happens when writing. As I make my through Steven Pressfield’s, Turning Pro, I am reminded of the mystical craft of writing is. I have to trust creativity.

Pressfield shares:

The professional trusts the mystery. He knows that the Muse always delivers. She may surprise us. She may give us something we never expected. But she will always put something inside the box.

Though I focused on writing memoirs, I do have a few fiction books inside me. I hear a characters whisper, sharing who they are, what they are passionate about, who they want to be. Then I hear a conversation between two characters, the plot begins.

Pressfield shares: Work Over Your Head. Writers learn early that it is possible to write a character who is smarter than they are.

How can that be?

The answer is in the mystery.

That place that we write from (or paint from or compose from or innovate from) is far deeper that our rational thought.

It is instinct

It is intuition

It is imagination

If you and I cast Meryl Streep as Queen Boudica in our next Hollywood Blockbuster, we will have any doubts that she can pull it off (even though she has never heard of, and knows nothing about, Queen Boudica)?

You and I can do it, too. We can work over our heads. Not only can we, but we must.

The best pages I’ve ever written are pages I can’t remember writing.

This is true for me. I have written 30,000 words of a thriller romance that I don’t remember writing. How would I know that the belladonna flower kills a human slowly, or can numb them so the killer can slash their throat with ease? Oh how I love the creative process!

I must keep writing the ideas that show up in the middle of the night, in the shower, or while driving. I must keep diving deep past the levels of magic to get to the core of the story. I crave to write, I cry out to write more, I must make the time and space to keep writing.

Have you written a character that is smarter than you? Or about something you don’t know anything about? I would love to hear about it.

Thank you for being here with me today.

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The Creative Life ~ Practice-Practice-Practice

Practice makes perfect. If you do something for 10,000 hours then you are considered an expert. How many times have you heard this? And what is a practice?

Steven Pressfield, shares in his, Turing Pro:

To “have a practice” in yoga, say, or tai chi, or calligraphy, is to follow a rigour, prescribed regimen with the intention of elevating the mind and the spirit to a higher level.

A practice implies engagement in a ritual. A practice may be defined as the dedicated, daily exercise of commitment, will, and focused intention aimed, on one level, at the achievement of mastery in a field but, on a loftier level, intended to produce a communion with a power grater than ourselves – call it whatever you like: God, mind, soul, Self, the Muse, the superconscious.

I believe in a higher power, Creativity, the Muse, my Angels, Spirit. It is all the same. I am being led by creativity. Creativity chose me to work through and I have committed to creativity with my whole heart, soul and being. Now it is time to get back on track and prove my commitment not only to creativity, but to myself.

Pressfield shares a few aspects of any practice and I have chosen the following three to dive into further with you and to work on in my own practice

  • Space
  • Time
  • Intention

Space: Where do you write? Do you have a room, a favourite café, the library? I like to entertain creativity in all three areas. When I read, On Writing, by Stephen King, he shared to have a room so you can shut the door to tell the world you are writing, you need the time and space to be left alone to work your magic. I didn’t follow this suggestion until my early thirties. When my hubby and I moved into a two-bedroom condo in Campbell River, BC, I remembered what Stephen King said and I set up my writing room. I entered my first 3-Day Novel Contest and wrote 50,000 words in that room. I filled that room with words and creative energy. Every time we moved, we were provided wit a two bed-room or a one-bedroom with a small den area and those spaces became my writing space. I made a commitment to my writing life, and I started to take it seriously and if that meant I had a room to go to then that was what needed to happen.

Time: Time is irrelevant when you are in the flow of writing. It feels like time stands still and when you rise from the page it seems like nothing has changed in the “time” you were away from the “real” world. I have written many times about how I seem to have lost the time to write. I use to write for hours and now I am happy with the thirty minutes I sit down to write a blog. But it takes time to write a book. It takes practice to set time to write.

Pressfield shares: when we convene day upon day in the same space at the same time, a powerful energy builds up around us. This is the energy of intention, of our dedications, of our commitment. The goddess sees this energy and she rewards it.

Intention: Professionals don’t show up to mess around. They show up to practice, the page, the game, to work, to score goals, make that touchdown, get words on the page. It all must poses intention. It is my intention to get better, to go deeper, to works closer and closer to the core.

How is your writing routine? Where do you write? What are your intentions? I would love to hear from you. We help each grow when we share.

Thank you for being here with me today.

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

The Creative Life – Inspiration and Everything in-between

The reminder of September I am devoting my time to getting back on track with my writing routine. I do this by sharing inspiration from other writers who share their best practices and I implement some of those traits into my own routine.

I have been reading and rereading Steven Pressfield’s, Turing Pro, and working on the professional’s qualities. In my recent blogs I share a big list of Pressfield’s professional qualities and there are a few more he shares that I will focus on today.

  • The professional will not be distracted: The amateur tweets. The pro works.
  • The professional lives in the present
  • The professional does not wait for inspiration

The professional will not be distracted. This is a big one for me. When I was the GM of a hotel a few short months ago, I did all the social media for the hotel, plus our farm and my own personal pages. Talk about a time suck. No wonder I had no time to sit down and write. I was flipping back and forth from company to personal social media pages to keep up with the “Jones”. I was distracted to the tenth degree. I was aware of this and now, it has been three months since I left the GM position and the social media for that particular hotel. I found I had more time to work on my own social media and ultimately not worrying about engagement numbers so therefore I have created the time to sit down and write. I will not be distracted.

The professional lives in the present. This is a hard one for me because I am memoir writer. I tend to live in the past when working on my books. It’s part of the package, but when I leave the page and move into the present, I leave the past where it belongs, on the page. I am aware of how to live in the present and practice meditation to make sure I am right here and now every moment I can.

The professional does not wait for inspiration. Inspiration usually is waiting for me to sit down and write down the whispers of a story idea that I over heard while in the shower, walking around the farm, listening to music or any given moment when inspiration strikes. I have a project that I am working on and I know what has to be done to finish it. I am the only one who is going to write this book and I can not wait for my muse to motivate me; she is with me all the time. Like I said, I’m the one in the way, my muse is currently sitting at the end of my desk, swinging her legs very excited that I am sitting here writing these words. So am I.

This is how I get back on track with my writing life. I write about writing. I live my life around writing. I share writing quotes. I buy pens and journals knowing they will be filled with words that I place down every day. I read about writing; I talk about writing. I love writing. It’s that simple for me.

How do you get back on track with your writing life? I love hearing from you.

Thank you for being here with me today.

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

The Creative Life ~ Home is Where the Heart Is

When I was living out West, I would fly back to Nova Scotia to visit family every two years. It was and still is expensive to fly across the country here in Canada. A flight can be up to $1200 round trip. In 2003, I could have flown to the UK, hotel stays and meals for that price ticket. I did a little research when I was looking for flights that year. Don’t get me wrong I love to travel and going back home filled me with joy, it helps me rejuvenate the creative soul where I could people watch in airports, one of my favourite things to do to gain more character development. I also loved sitting in the waiting area with my laptop and writing. Hundreds of other people would be working on whatever they had going on and there was an understanding, we are writing, if you need help during an emergency, I’m there, but right not, I’m in my space. Or so I would think to myself as I was working on my first self-published memoir. My imagination runs wild at the best of times, but in an airport or café, watch out, the ‘what if’ question runs around collecting and creating new stories. I love the creative process!

It’s been a long two years with this pandemic. Between lockdowns I was grateful to see my parents and when the Atlantic bubble reopened in July, I have made a point to visit my parents at least once every two months. As I shared, this is more than I was able to when I lived out West. I would visit Nova Scotia every two or three years for a week at a time. Now I am able to drive for five hours in the same time zone and spend a few days with my family. I am grateful for this opportunity. It’s one of the reasons we moved back to Atlantic Canada, to be closer to family and to start our farm. The farm is growing every day, we are so happy and joyful for the opportunities being provided to us to grow the farm to provide fresh local food for the community.

I was recently in Nova Scotia to visit mum and dad over the Labour Day weekend. I left on Friday morning and returned on Sunday afternoon. During my last visit I intended to visit my Aunt E, but the timing was off, so I took a chance this trip and stopped to see if she was home at two o’clock on a Friday afternoon and she was home. My Aunt E is one of my mom’s sisters, she took care of me many times when I was younger. My mother would fly to visit my father when he was away at sea for months on end. The Navy use to fly wives out once during each time their spouses were out at sea. How things have changed over the past thirty years.

When I walked into her house the memoires of how much fun I had during our family gatherings rushed through my body. It seemed like every Sunday when I was a young girl, we were at Aunt E’s house where the family would get together for a pot luck dinner. The green gunk pistachio Jell-O salad is something that I avoided every time it was presented on the table. If you are interested send me an email for the recipe.     

          

One memory that came clear to me was when I shared my creativity with my one of my cousins. It wasn’t planned, he was playing with his hot rod racing cars and I was playing on the piano. I remember hearing a song in my head and I just started to hit the piano keys hoping it sounded like what was rolling around in my head. Then I started to sing, more like singing a story, a play by play of the story, something about a boy fighting for his town and a girl he loved. It’s very vague, but I remember how time stood still and I was in the flow of creativity. My cousin was playing but he mentioned to his mother that I was singing and he liked what he heard. Do you think I could recall any of it the next time I sat down at the piano? Not one note. But the feeling of being in the creative flow was flowing in my veins. Creativity chose me at a young age and I’ve been working with creativity for a long time. I have strayed but always coming back and creativity is always there to say, ‘hey, let’s get to it.’ I sit down and it’s like no time has passed. It’s like coming home.

The rest of my visit with my parents was very relaxing and filled with touring around to my favourite places in the area. My father and I cooked a meal together which I cherish each time. We watched movies and relaxed. I maybe 47 but I am still their baby when I am in their presence. They try to let go but I understand. I hear stories from friends who parents treat them to same way. It’s their way of showing their love and that is okay with me. I knew I needed to fill my creative well again, I craved to be by the Ocean, I waded in the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean and washed away the busy summer and connected to the earth.

I sit here at my writing desk sharing these experiences because we all need to know we are not alone. I am here to share stories and as I get myself back on track with my second memoir, I am reminded that I am the only one who can write my book, so it’s time to sit down and get to it.

Thank you for being here with me today, I wish you a great day.

Until Next Time, Keep on Writing…

Missing The Writing Life

I have been writing memoirs for over ten years, with oneself published book and a handful of poems and short stories floating around the worldwide information highway. These days I am miss writing fiction. I have more than a few notebooks filled with half-finished romance, thriller-type stories needing my attention. To be truthful I have been filling my time with ego-related activities that are pushing me away from the one thing that I love. Writing. How do I get back to my routine of writing every day? Practice. I do write morning pages every morning. It is how I start my day. It is where I dump all the stuff filling up my brain that needs to be shuffled to the corners so creativity has space to play. I haven’t been writing much after my morning pages. I go to my day job and after eight to nine hours, I started to tell a story that I didn’t have time to write after work. That is downright a lie. I have all the time in the world to write after work. I just need to sit my butt down in the chair and at least be in front of a notebook or a laptop and start writing, even if it ‘I have nothing to write’ something will show up after the pen or fingers start taping on the keyboard. I have to remind myself of this.

Other ways I get back to writing. Reading about writing. I am a big fan of reading other authors’ books about their writing experiences. At the moment I am reading, Turning Pro, Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work, by Steven Pressfield. Steven is downright truthful on how to become a better writer, he doesn’t hold back. You either want to write or you don’t. There is no waffling. Yes, there are hurdles to jump to get to the writing life, but it comes down to one thing, do you want to write or don’t you?

I want to write

One of the chapters (which are either one to two pages ) that I have posted around m writing room is: qualities of the Professional, Steven shared these habits and qualities in, The War of Art, another inspiration book about the writing life. It comes to the habits and qualities that the professional possess that the amateur doesn’t:

  1. The professional shows up every day.
  2. The professionalstays on the job all day
  3. The professinal is committed over the long haul
  4. For the professional the stakes are high and real
  5. The professional is patient
  6. The professional seeks order
  7. The professional demystifies
  8. The professional acts in the face of fear
  9. The professional accetps no excues (something I need to work on)
  10. The professional plays it as it lays
  11. The professional is prepared
  12. The professina does not show off
  13. The professional dedicates himself to mastering technique
  14. The pforessinal does no hesitate to ask for help
  15. The professional does not take failur or succes personally
  16. The porfessional does not identify with his or her instrument
  17. The professional ensures adversity
  18. The professional self-validates
  19. The professional reinvents herself
  20. The professinal is reconized by other professionals

This is a big list and there are more qualities Steven shares with us. I will share these qualities in the upcoming blogs in September. I can look at this list and say that I am not a professional. I have the qualities of a professional, but my habits are of an amateur at the moment and that is my motivation for being a professional. I have to stay put in my writing room and keep writing. I will start with number one, the professional writes every day. I can say that I do write morning pages every day, but I know I need to work on my other writing projects every day. I will start creating a habit where I spend at least 15 minutes on my writing projects every day. I will share my progress publically and honor my commitment because creativity chose me to work through and I have to show up to honor that privilege to be chosen by creativity. It has to be that blunt for me. Sit down and write for 15 minutes and after that 15 minutes see what happens. Keep writing or get up knowing I honored my commitment to myself and creativity. It feels good to share this commitment with all of you. Now back to the writing.

Thank you for being here with me today. If there is anything I can offer to help you with your writing commitments please drop me a line at marionann.berry@gmail.com or message me on social media. I am here to help and support your writing life.

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

The Creative Life ~ Truly Outrageous

A colleague of mine shared a sweet story about her four-year-old daughter. Her daughter was in a rocking chair singing and rocking a little faster than she was used to and she fell off the rocking chair head first resulting in a bump on her head that needed the small but deep cut to be glued together. Sounds awful, more for the parents but the four-year-old was not phased at all. At the emergency room, the little girl waited patiently and did not cry when the doctor attended to her minor abrasion. She was more excited about the multiple Wonder Woman band-aids she received for being a brave little girl.

My colleague shared her little girl loves all things girl power, anything that uplifts women. I loved hearing this and for some reason, I thought of Jem, The American Rock Star Cartoon TV series from the mid to late ‘80s. There were underlying themes of girl power, sharing how young women can do anything when they work hard. Nothing comes for free type of theme.

So, is Jem?

Jem is an alter ego of Jerrica Benton, the owner, and manager of Starlight Music. Jerrica’s father built a holographic computer named Synergy, that transforms Jerrica into Jem.

Sound a little familiar? That’s because Jem is a collaboration by Hasbro and Marvel, the same team responsible for G.I. Joe and the Transformers. Alter ego’s saving the world, themes of helping your fellow human being. Jerrica also has twelve foster girls living with her, she helps them with life skills and uplifting them to know they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. It was an entertaining show when I was ten, but it must have set an intention within me because here I am at the age of 47 remembering this short-lived animated TV series. Is it because of the power of subliminal messaging in the writing of the show or was it just because I was looking for a mentor at an early age and I found an underlying message through an animated TV show? Possibly a little of both.

On the flip side, my creative life has always been engaged with sharing stories of how to uplift people. To share that no one is alone in this. We are here to support one another. I am here to share experiences, to share stories, to connect, and be of service. Sometimes a story about a four-year-old bumping her head triggers the reminder of who am I. For that, I am grateful.

What was one TV show that has stuck with you? How did it impact you? I love to hear from you.

Thank you for being here with me today.

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The Journey of a Writer

As I make my way through Margaret Atwood’s, On Writers and writing, I find myself nodding in agreement to similar stories of the creative life.

The transformation of not being a writer and becoming a writer for Margaret was much like mine. It just happened in a way that in one moment I knew I was a writer. I was eight years old and just watched the original movie, Annie, with Carol Burnette singing her blues in a bathtub and Daddy Warbucks tap-dancing his way into Annie’s heart. I was hooked on the story, the thrill of the chase, the plot twists, the romance, the laughter, and the ups and downs of emotions the writers moved us along with.

I found myself thinking about what happened next. I wrote a side story about how Annie’s life turned out after she moved out of the orphanage and how her friends wanted to move in with her, they wanted out from under Mrs. H’s thumb. All I wanted to do was write stories and that’s what I have been doing ever since I can remember.

What Type of Writer I Thought I Would Be

I read a lot of Judy Blume, Sweet Valley Twins, and young adult romance novels when I was younger and my mother was always reading a Danelle Steel novel. I was surrounded by books and formulaic writing at an early age. I started reading Stephen King when I was in Junior High and High School, I then thought I could write thriller/horror books, but could never stomach watching any type of horror movie. The images and dialogue stayed with me for weeks.

Write What You Know

I thought I may write young adult romance novels because I was a young girl who had crushes on boys who didn’t share the same feelings. I could write about the heartache of someone not loving me back just because I wasn’t their type.

So, I wrote short stories about the boys I had a crush on, and then I started to write about other people’s relationships. I watched my friends with their boyfriends and pretended I was the one whose hand was being held for the first time, what excitement, and the first kiss, oh my! I couldn’t even imagine. I wanted to write about everything I experienced. Little did I know I planted the seed to write memoir.

Thank you for being here with me today.

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…

Living a Creative Life

To give back something of what has been given to me ~ Margaret Atwood

I am reading Margaret Atwood’s, On Writers and writing. I love books about writing, that is one of the reasons I started this blog. To share about this creative life, to share about the writing life, all things writing, the good, the bad, and everything in between. Some weeks are easier than others. There are times I, the ego, doesn’t want to write something because the ego is thinking way too much, “no one is reading this, what’s the point? Why even try?’ Ouch! The ego can be downright daunting at times. Do you know what the creative, the true self says?

“This is fun, I am sharing experiences, we are not alone, I love telling stories that have been whispered to me. It doesn’t matter if one or one hundred people read this. I’m writing for me; I’m writing to get the words on the page to share. I’m writing because I can not, not write.”

Because the story took hold of me and didn’t let go ~ Margaret Atwood

I have been gratefully struck by the muse on many occasions. The story started off with a whisper of a conversation between two characters and when I started to write down their words, the story grabbed me close and didn’t let go. I couldn’t let go, I didn’t want to let go, I wanted to see what was going to happen next. I wanted to learn who these characters were, what makes them tick, their backgrounds, I wanted to learn everything I could. I was hooked.

I continue to work on this particular story. It was presented to me over five years ago and I am aware it may leave me to move onto another writer. Elizabeth Gilbert shares in, Big Magic, how creativity wants to work through and with us, but it may move on if we don’t pay attention to the story. This scares me so I make it an effort to visit my stories that have shown up over the years to make sure they know they are not forgotten about. The story that has been popping in and out from time to time is a murder/thriller theme about an intriguing woman serial killer. Her back story is in-depth. I have spent long periods of time learning about her. I can’t let her go, so I much get back to her as soon as possible.

The only excuse I have is ego-related because ego says, “I’m too busy” Well that is a bunch of bullpucky. This writing life is not to be wasted on ego. This creative life is to give back to what has been given.

How do I stay on track with my writing life? I am a creature of habit and latch onto a routine that works for me. Lately, during the pandemic, I haven’t been as committed to my routines as I once was. A lot has happened and I already see the ego-related excuses starting and I won’t go there. I simply didn’t make time for my writing as I once did and I am fully aware of the choices I made. Now I am back. I am taking it one step at a time; I am giving up the excuses and open to the endless possibilities that are being provided to me to maintain and excel this amazing creative life. I am starting with Sundays. I am now part of an intimate spiriting writing group. We sprint for 20 to 30 minutes at a time and I get a lot of work done during the sprint. We chat about all things writing and life. It is good for me and the writing.

I am committed to my writing life. The next step is to break up with the TV, again. It’s been long enough of the nights after dinner of binge-watching Netflix or Amazon shows. It is time to get off the sofa and move back to the writing desk. It is time and there are no excuses anymore. It’s simply time to take back my creative life and the ego can go back to the corner for a long time out.

Now, back to the writing.

Thank you for being here with me today. Happy writing!

Until Next Time, Keep on Typing…