Sunday, May 31, 2015

Red's book tips 102: Ocean Inspiration

If you have been following my Facebook page you saw that I recently did our local ArtWalk to showcase my books, a huge success by the way & then the day after that my husband & I took a vacation to Tokeland & Seattle, WA. (Thank you Auntie & Uncle for helping make our vacation spectacular).

During vacation I brought a book to read called: Some Instructions on Writing and Life.  By: Anne Lamott.

I would like to say that I devoured every bit of it on vacation but in reality I didn't open the book until the day we got home. I will say though that while in Tokeland the grayness & misty days sparked my story brain & I did begin writing again. It felt good letting my brain spill out onto my paper with my pink pen. Something about writing on paper is more satisfying to me. Having finally opened this book, I love it & I am only through the first chapter. As I read through it I thought I would try to post things I find helpful or thought provoking or funny.

She shares a piece of simple advice in the first chapter. Her advice to finding time to be creative:  "You sit down. You try to sit down approximately the same time every day.  This how you train you’re unconscious to kick in for you creatively. So you sit down at, say, nine every morning, or ten every night. It is a matter of persistence & faith & hard work."

This seems so simple, yet it’s hard to do. I find personally when I end writing a book I have those overall sense of freedom like I can fly. Then as time passes my mind starts to fill with stories again & I know I must write but sitting down everyday even for an hour seems so daunting.

And then she says something so great about authors & maybe because we spent three days by the gray misty ocean surrounded by the dark wet forest of WA is why this next piece keeps circling in my head.  ..."We may notice amazing details during the course of the day but we rarely let ourselves stop & really pay attention.  An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, & this is a great gift.  My gratitude for good writing is unbounded; I'm grateful for it the way I'm grateful for the ocean."

I read that blurb & couldn't help but think, "Yes that IS what we authors do. It is easy to get lost in the daily routine of life & forget we have a creative talent that should be shared.

Well, I hope that gives you some encouragement to write. Write anything too, I'm not just writing about writing books but if you love to write whether it is poems, short stories, comics...whatever, make some time for your creative brain & write.  Your brain will appreciate it. 

(picture below from our stay in Tokeland, WA)