Where Dreams Meet the Business of Writing

meditation_stones candle sandIt’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about WRITER’S ZEN: Where writing and meditation meet.

Meditation and positive affirmations can directly benefit our lives in many aspects. It also can benefit our writing — in the creative aspects, our productivity, our career as an author, our feelings about writing and much more. I’m making a conscious effort to make more time in my life for meditation. I’m also practicing using some of these techniques to improve my writing. Through the A to Z blog challenge, I’m sharing some of mine with you.

Read through the affirmations for each subject. Some will probably resonate with you better than others. Maybe all of them will. Maybe none of them will. We are all on our own paths, having diverse needs at different times. Even on our own individual journey, we still require different words and messages on different days.

Pick one or two thoughts that speak to you. Sit quietly for a few moments. Repeat the affirmations to yourself. Say them aloud. Reflect on how these thoughts affect your life and your writing. Are there roadblocks in your life that is stopping the goodness from entering? Are we in any way allowing this roadblock to exist? Are we putting it there ourselves? Open your mind to allowing new possibilities to present themselves.

If a phrase feels more needed, copy it onto an index card or post-it note. Keep it with you, in the car, or on the computer. Repeat throughout the day, reinforcing the message.

Give it a try! Let me know if these help your writing, or if you have any thoughts on affirmations that would be useful to use in your daily life.

Happy Writing!


A to Z: ‘C’ is for CHARACTERS

My characters are seen as real people.

They are believable and dimensional.

My characters have real lives.

They see.

They smell.

They hear.

They taste.

They touch.

My characters are in motion.

They act.

They move.

They get up and do things.

My characters keep my stories moving forward.

My characters have flaws. My characters have shining qualities.

They have quirks, just as people do in real life.

My characters are memorable.

My characters are believable. They stay in action.

My characters use all their senses.


Comments on: "A to Z: ‘C’ is for CHARACTERS" (4)

  1. what an inspiration. So much more energy in these than tightly written prose in a writing book. I might even go and write right now so I have a piece to read out at the writing group at 2pm

  2. I like the last one the best. Sometimes I find it hard to encorporate all of the senses. Thank you for another helpful post.

    • Thanks for your feedback Nana. It’s very helpful. I find that this is one of my weak points, I need to have my characters more involved with the different senses. Hopefully, with repetition of these affirmations, I can remember.

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