Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Fear of Sailing

A new study says that we add two years to our life by staying off the couch. Moving is good! Can you imagine how many brain cells we save when we keep challenging ourselves with new adventures?

The author John A. Shedd said, "A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for."

Trying something new is scary but also exhilarating. Fear and excitement accompany every new adventure but in the end the excitement of trying something new overpowers the fear.

So don't let your ship stay in the harbor too long. Expand your writing. Try new genres. Tie your writing into something else you love. If you like cooking, write a cookbook. Love to eat out, query your local newspaper about writing restaurant reviews. If shopping is your thing, blog one day a week about specials you find.

Have a passion? Tell me how it may compliment your writing or lead you on a totally new venture. Mmmmm, got you going now.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Necessity, the mother of invention.

The need for fulfillment drives us to keep changing and re inventing ourselves. One of the things I love about writing is that it allows me to change hats by providing a buffet of different opportunities.

A poem can turn into a short story just by thinking a little deeper. That short story can lead to a novel that eventually becomes a play.

I use my writing to express all of my dimensions without locking myself into a corner by defining who I am by any specific style of writing.

I am a blogger, a writer of short stories and a freelance writer of articles that find themselves on the pages of many different publications. My writing has taken me from hoovering over a keyboard to standing behind a podium speaking about my passions rather than writing about them

No sooner than I get settled into selling my articles I get an itch to write in a new way. Yes, your friend Debra is about to embark on a new adventure that will combine my writing, speaking, knowledge of farming with my passion for food and.........not so fast.

Remember the first lesson you learn in writing is to show don't tell.

While you are waiting for further hints of my transformation, I want you to tell me how has your writing led to other influences. Maybe friendships, love, travel, hope, courage, joy or adventures. C'mon lets hear it. Inquiring minds want to know. What new and different road has your writing led you to?