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Today I am contemplating a complete change to my writing cave. This decision hits right in the middle of a writing session and at a crucial time in my writing…but it is something that I have come to realize is affecting my own creativity.

First, do you notice how I refer to my office as a cave? For years it was my escape, sort of a home away from home where I could go and let my mind wander to the worlds of my characters, my imagination would take flight and there would be words flowing onto my pages. As time passed, as I became more of a mom, a caregiver, a person who didn’t say “NO” when asked to get involved in other projects (although that is not a problem I usually have, I actually am hard to corner when it comes to group projects) but, for some reason, I often seemed to be the go-to person for other projects.

My office became a room filled with boxes, with things that ‘need to be done soon’, with insurance claims that needed to be filed or to be tracked, with family things that no longer fit within the confines of my home. It became a closet-hoarder’s home away from home. You know the type, my home may be fairly clean and pristine but open the door to my office and find my memories stacked in boxes, or in neat little piles (maybe some not so neat), or things that need to be done soon but are hiding away there until I can find the time (energy?) to tackle whatever else comes along.

BUT…..this affects my writing. I sit and stare at the blank page and the characters in my story seem to scream at me to get those insurance forms done so they can thrive! LOL, almost like they are trapped in their stories behind a fence built of forms and boxes which keeping them from escaping.

My major spring cleaning in my home has been done, the animals are fed and happy, the laundry and kitchen are clean and out-of-the-way. My cave…..needs the same attention. It is MY place and my characters place that I share with my beloved writing and it has been sorely neglected.

I promise myself now this will soon no longer be a cave, but a writing haven. A haven with lots of lightness and inspiration, a home for my happiness and my creativity. Wish me luck folks, I am actually looking forward to a newer space with inspiring colors and room to breathe. Heck, it may be hard to get me back into our den after I’m done.

This may not be such a bad idea, just more writing from me…..for you,

KW

Writing is love, a mission and a calling, and how and where and why you write are very crucial issues.   ~~  Lynn Sharon Schwartz

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Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found to be an excuse for not going on. It also interferes with flow and rhythm which can only come from a kind of unconscious association with the material. ~~. John Steinbeck

It is the end of January already? Wow! And I have found the perfect quote for me… I am so guilty of rewriting as I write……. the main thing that gets me behind in my goals. Thank you, Mr. Steinbeck, for this is advice I need to post above my computer and heed!

Writing and aiming for those stars!

KW

Don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work ~~. Pearl S. Buck

I love this quote. Very simply put… if you are going to write, then write. These last couple of years have been hard for me, wanting to keep my writing going and not having the ‘mood’ hit me… finding myself sitting on the sofa hours after saying I would write… then finding the mood just didn’t hit me. It isn’t and shouldn’t always be that way. Writing is a passion, yes, but for those of us who want to be authors, it is also a job of sorts. Nothing gets accomplished without actually sitting there before the computer or with a tablet or with pencil and paper…and writing.

Remember, this is the time I am making my biggest steps to achieve my goal! How about you?

KW

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things about all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you. ~~Stephen King

I grew up loving to read… and I read all sorts of books. Mysteries, romances, books too scary to read at night, you name it… I loved to read. I recall wanting to be Nancy Drew, to be the heroine in Victoria Holt’s novels or to complete the ending of Gone With The Wind. It was those thoughts and those ideas that began to transpire into a need to write.

Keep your creative processes going!

KW

You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it. ~~ Neil Gaiman

It is one week into the new year, 2015! Keep those creative juices flowing, those ideas forming! If you can, keep a notebook or journal nearby for those daydreams or thoughts that will eventually appear in your writing!

KW

Wishing you a Happy New Year 2015! May all your dreams come true! I am actively working towards mine… this is a BRAND NEW YEAR with endless possibilities! ~~Karen Ware

Whether you are an author who has published or is seeking to be published, this is the perfect day to look at your resolutions and aim for the stars. I want to make it my year to shine!

KW

11:11:11

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”

With these words President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed in 1919 that November 11 would be observed as Armistice Day. Through the years that followed the event was observed on differing days and affected by different government Acts,but in 1975 President Gerald Ford signed into law the return to November 11 of this important date. Veterans Day, of historic and patriotic significance, was set at the same date each year, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls.

According to the Veterans Administration, the restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

I have heard it said that at 11:11:11 we should observe a moment of silence to honor those who have served our country.

As a writer who loves and deals with history, I will take that moment, and probably a few more after that, to remember and reflect on those who have served in the Armed Forces. You can bet at 11:11:11 today I will stop whatever I am doing and say a silent THANK YOU to those brave men and women who’ve given of themselves.

KW