It's writer Wednesday and I want to know how you are doing? I really do, so please message me on social media or email me and let me know how I can support you.
I feel like this is going to be a bumpy, bumpy, week.
I kept saying all week---thus far---it's like being on the airplane, once they close that door there is nothing you can do, so there is no use worrying about it----but there is and it's IMPOSSIBLE not to.
I honestly didn't write this blog ahead of time because I wasn't sure how I would feel today or how you would feel, or what would be the state of the world, but I do know this...being CREATIVE has saved my life many times over.
A personal story, I lived alone when I was 13-almost 16. ALONE--my mother left me and so it was me and my Pomeranian--by ourselves for almost 3 years. I was afraid to go into the system and I thought something was wrong with me or why would she do this? Right?
She paid the rent so luckily I wasn't homeless but things were impossible and I was way too young to be in that situation. I told NO ONE, not even my sister.
What I did was I wrote a book about a boy named Larry. That was my first novel and I wrote it on a typewriter. The boy was also left alone and I gave him all sorts of adventures in the arcade (hey, it was the 80s, those were a thing back then), with friends, on the streets, etc.. what it did for me was it gave me a place to go to when the reality was too difficult to face.
I also spent a lot of time at the movies, watching television, and listening to MTV.
Today I have no words of comfort except that as a creative WE HAVE THE POWER to change our reality, even if only for a moment.
Here are some tips to get through and push through when it seems impossible.
1. Turn off whatever it is causing pain--the news, your relatives (like don't answer the phone or email), the internet, social media, etc.
2. Focus on your creative outlet. If it's writing, then write. If you want to paint, paint. Dive into something creative.
3. Write about whatever it is. You'd be surprised at how much this helps. Just write a story or journal about it. You are in control of the outcome as you are the creator.
4. Watch a movie, watch a TV show, read a book---lose yourself in something that brings you JOY!!
In 2016 I started watching Hallmark holiday movies right around the election time and it saved me that year and now, it's a tradition. I also always do NaNoWriMo which forces me to write fast and that helps too.
I want you to take time today to really FOCUS on what brings you joy. You can do it.
When you are writing, just allow your mind to let go of the outside world and immerse yourself into your story, or a new story if you need to. I know you can do this because I have done it for many, many years.
I also strongly believe that us creatives feel things deeper than others so it's easy to get distracted and sucked into the bad place. You are in control of how you see the world and how you react to it.
Take some deep breaths--in and out--in and out--and think about THREE things you are grateful for.
Have some coffee or whatever you love and just sit down and write-it will help. I know that it will!
Okay, next week I will give some mid-month NaNoWriMo tips to help you finish strong!!!
Sending everyone out there massive love. Thanks for reading this blog and please share with other writers.
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