Where Dreams Meet the Business of Writing

It’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!

writing is a way of life

A to Z: ‘L’ is for LIFE

My writing reflects real life.

My life experiences are my training ground for writing.

The people in my life – both past and present – are inspirations for my characters.

My real life world is a rich source of material for my stories.

Writing is an integral part of my life.

I live my life fully and create spaces in it for my writing.

I live. I breathe. I write.

writing life

Comments on: "A to Z: ‘L’ is for LIFE" (10)

  1. Really nice post, great to connect with another blogger through atoz. http://aimingforapublishingdeal.blogspot.co.uk/

  2. The wind is blowing fiercely outside but after reading your post, I really want to feel the effects – walking my journal, pen, and self outside right now. Thank you!

    Very interesting post today! I grew up in the public school system but church every Sunday. I’m a christian but also have to stop and slap myself for not living out the teachings – in fact, judging when there should not be judging. I do ask for forgiveness a lot and pray for better days to right my wrongs.


  3. Sorry, that second part of my post should have gone on another A – Z blog. I don’t know how to delete it so there it stays.

    • LOL. That’s fine. (You should have seen me with my brain trying to remember what part of the ‘Life’ post had to do with judging and forgiveness though. It probably would have been worth the laugh, seeing my face and my early-morning-still-asleep brain in search mode lol)

  4. “My life experiences are my training ground for writing.” This rings so true to me today. I write my life experience for myself, to get the words, thoughts and feelings down. That is my training ground, my practice, my preparation for the real deal. Thank you for the inspiration today.

    • And you, Lucy, have quiet the life experiences for your writing!
      I am always amazed at your compassionate and loving attitude. I would imagine though, that in the earlier part of this particular journey there was probably more pain and confusion that you’ve since worked through. I applaud you for how you’ve worked with what ‘life’ has given you.

  5. Lovely quotes and affirmations thank you so much. and yes, writing is indeed a way of life, like breathing.
    Garden of Eden Blog

    • Thank you Susan. Yes it is a way of life. And sometimes, we make the choices to either create time for this necessary part of ourselves, or give in to the demands of ‘life’ and push the writing aside.

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