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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!

maintain focus


I maintain focus in my writing life. My daily – weekly – monthly goals signal to me, as beacons in the night. I remain steadfast, headed towards my goals. I am focused.

Distractions are but a minor blip on my radar screen. This is my writing time. I honor my time for scribing the words in my head and my heart.

The chores, tasks, errands, email, Facebook and phone; they wait. They will have their turn. When it’s my writing time, I write.

I turn off the internal distractions. If they return, insistent on getting my attention, I quiet them with my mental ‘snooze’ button. I tell them I will give them my full attention … in 500 words, in 1,000 words, in one hour … whatever my goal is for that session.

My research is ready. My tools are ready. I am prepared.

My writing is a priority. I remain focused.

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