Wednesday Wallpaper for Writers~May 30th~WriterzBlox.net

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great.” ~ Mark Twain


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Weekly Writing Spark~May 28th|| WriterzBlox.net

Mythological Mash-up

You come across an old text that claims you are in fact a demigod, a person whose one parent is/was a mythological god and whose other parent is/was mortal.  Many ancient civilizations such as Greek, Celtic, Sumerian and Indian hosted the belief in demigods and some still do. Who was/is your godly parent? What would your “divine” gifts be? Do you have super-human strength? Can you walk through fire?

Write about a day in the life of your “demigod self”.

Get creative and more importantly….have fun! 🙂

Honoured to be nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award via www.BelindaWitzenhausen.com

Just took a moment to check my inbox for the night only to find a message saying that the lovely and talented Ash N. Finn ~ http://ashnfinn.wordpress.com has nominated me for the “One Lovely Blog Award”!

The wonderful and talented Ash N. Finn who calls Dublin, Ireland home, is a wonderfully gifted writer and such an authentic soul. I am truly at a loss for words (which, trust me doesn’t happen often) and honoured that she has nominated me for this award. 🙂

The rules of acceptance for this award nomination are as follows:

  • Thank the person/people who nominated you and link back to them in your post
  • Share 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 or so bloggers you admire
  • Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know

The 7 things about myself which I would like to share with you here are:

  1. I am happily married to my best friend!
  2. I have an extremely goofy sense of humour and it often comes out at the oddest times.
  3. I love learning new things and probably know more useless facts than anyone ever should.
  4. I love to collect items such as cameras, typewriters, and fountain pens. I love anything vintage, especially useful everyday items; I like to think of the wonderful words and images that were captured by their previous owners.
  5. I am totally enthralled by the creative process and in addition to writing I am also an artist and amateur photographer.
  6. I have a bad coffee and chai tea addiction, and I am not apologizing for it! 😉
  7. I love music and have very eclectic tastes, I listen to everything from Jazz to Punk. I am also my husband’s bass roadie and #1 fan.


The 15 fabulous bloggers I choose to nominate are all extremely talented and giving writers:

  1. Constance Wallace~http://legendsofgreenisle.com/
  2. Sylvia McGrath~http://sylviawmcgrath.wordpress.com/
  3. Lora Fisher ~ www.flairCreativ.net
  4. Amber Meadows ~ Amberrisme.com
  5. Melissa Foster ~ http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/
  6. Rich Weatherly ~http://richweatherly.wordpress.com/
  7. Sandra Coelho ~http://www.authorslcoelho.com/
  8. Trish Gentry ~http://chickletslit.wordpress.com/
  9. Eri Nelson ~http://www.dearharts.com/
  10. Glenn Starkey ~http://glennstarkey.net/
  11. Damyanti ~http://damyantiwrites.wordpress.com/
  12. Allan Douglas ~http://www.simplelifeprattle.com/
  13. Frederick Lee Brooke ~ http://www.frederickleebrooke.com/
  14. Ciara Ballintyne ~ http://ciaraballintyne.com/
  15. Carlyle Labuschagne ~ http://www.carlylelabuschagne.com/
There are so many more that should be on this list, so please don’t feel bad if you’re not included! You’re all my favourites! 🙂

That’s pretty much it! I am honoured and would like to thank Ash for nominating me! Wishing everyone a wonderful day! 🙂

Weekly Writing Spark~May 21st|| WriterzBlox.net

For those who celebrated the Victoria Day Weekend…this one is for you.  For many the Victoria Day weekend marks the launch of the nice weather and to some the start of the warm weather outdoor festivities (camping, BBQ’s etc.).  For some Canadians it is often nicknamed the May 2-4, which is slang for a case of twenty-four beers.  The May 24 weekend is the weekend that many wild parties have been spawned…parties, you dare not speak of…or do you?!? You wake up the morning after the weekend and don’t seem to remember much of the preceding events but notice several things seem oddly out of place, namely…

 

Get creative and have fun! 🙂

Writerzblox.net’s May 2012 Monthly Newsletter!

Welcome to Writerzblox.net’s May 2012 Newsletter! This month we have some tips on choosing topics, as well as book recommendations, a monthly writing prompt, free wallpaper, tips, tricks and plenty of inspiration.

What to Write ~ How to choose topics with passion!

At one point in their writing career, a writer will ponder what it is they should be writing about.  Many writers have heard the old adage, ‘write what you know’.   In some cases, this is true – if you have extensive knowledge of and a passion for a subject, it will most likely make for intriguing and passionate prose.  For many though, writing offers them a chance to learn and research a topic that they might not ever otherwise have a reason to read about.

There are so many ways to generate ideas to write about. For many, topics come easily but if you are stuck, ask yourself some of the following questions or try some of these tips:

  •         What have you always wanted to learn about?
  •         Are you taking a course or class that you can use as fodder for your writing?
  •         Do you have a particular skill that you can share with others? i.e. computers, sewing,  etc.
  •         What are you interested in? i.e. history, movies, music, etc.
  •         Do you travel for work or pleasure? Write reviews of resorts or tourist attractions that you visit.
  •         Do you know any every day hints and tips that could help others? i.e. cooking, organizing
  •         Scour newspapers, magazines and the internet to get topic ideas.
  •         Use your cell phone camera to take pictures that inspire you and write a story based on them.
  •         If you’ve had an interesting life, write a memoir of your experiences.
There are so many different ways to be inspired.  One of the most important ways to capture ideas is to keep a notebook handy at all times.  A few cheap dollar store notebooks kept in your car, bag and bedside can ensure that you are always able to jot down ideas as they come to you.  Even if an idea seems too bizarre or strange, write it down anyway – it could lead to something tangible.

Writing is a creative act, so don’t be afraid to get creative with topic selection.

‘Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.’ ~  E. L. Doctorow

Affirmation For Writers

This Month’s Affirmation: “I am always inspired, motivated and ready to write.”

May’s Book of the Month

Book Review

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything [Hardcover]

Ken Robinson (Author)

Reviewer: Belinda Witzenhausen

‘The Element’ is a book that discusses the importance of creativity in our lives. Not a self-help book per say, but a book that opens up the mind to different perspectives asking one to explore the necessity of creativity, diversity and imagination to enhance life. To quote Ken Robinson, “The Element is where a person’s natural talent meets their personal passion.” Robinson explores the conditions required for us to uncover the Element in ourselves and encourages us to invite others to partake as well. “The Element” discusses creative people such as Matt Groening, Mick Fleetwood, Bart Conner, Paul McCartney, Meg Ryan, and Debbie Allen just to name a few. “The Element” also goes a step further, discussing the impact of our current education system and the drawbacks that will be facing children in the future.

“The Element” is a book written to incite thought and open our eyes to the diversity of unique abilities that we all have. In my opinion this book is a wonderful, intelligent, often humorous read that will definitely help one gain a much broader perspective about ourselves, and society as a whole.

List Price: CDN$ 28.50

For an interesting video from TED Talks~ Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity


May’s Book Recommendations

Becoming a Writer [Paperback] by Dorothea Brande (Author)

List Price: CDN$ 16.50

How to Be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play [Paperback] by Barbara Baig (Author)

List Price: CDN$ 18.99

May’s Writing Prompt

Dream Big!  For most of us we often harbour huge dreams that we never act on simply due to a fear of failure. What is the one thing you would do if you knew you could not fail? Get creative, write and most importantly have fun! 🙂


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