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New Beginnings – Namaste 2017

Namaste 2017. I bow to the divine in you.

Blaise by the river – image by Kev Howlett

For many, 2016 was a hellish year. Not so for me, it was a year of recovery after the hellish year of 2015. But now we can look forward to new beginnings. I’m a big believer in energy and probably use more than I have, hence the need sometimes for downtime to recover. I have a good feeling about the energy of 2017. In numerology terms it equates to the number one (2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10. 1 + 0 = 1), so I view that as a chance to make new beginnings. To start fresh.

The down time over the new year has allowed me time to reflect and get creative, so I have fresh ideas to implement. I’ll be releasing my childhood memoir, The Road to Tralfamadore in June, as well as working on lots of other awesome publishing projects that we have simmering away.

I’m excited about 2017. Are you? Have you been writing, drawing, reading? Creating something? Don’t beat yourself up about it if you haven’t because you need time to regroup. When you do this, the creative juices start flowing. But always keep in mind that word energy. In order to create something, and finish something, we need to put energy into it. You having nothing to work with if you don’t make a start. And you can’t complete something unless you sit down and do the work.

Yes. I hate to tell you this but it takes work to make your dreams become real. It isn’t enough to manifest them. So stop talking about writing your book and put that butt on the chair and get to it. Start writing words. One word at a time. Eventually you’ll make something. It might not be gold but it’s something that you can polish until it is.

It wasn’t my intention to get all new agey in this blog. Sometimes when you sit down to write, your brain decides for you. Funny how that happens. Maybe it’s my brain telling me what I should be doing because I don’t always do what I tell others to do!

What are some things you can do to help you get your book written? Join a writing group, find an accountability buddy, hang out with other writers, do some writing workshops and get yourself organised with our Australian Writer’s Companion. Yes, all of these things will help but at the end of the day, it’s just you with your computer/tablet/pen and paper.

So. Let’s get cracking for a bumper year.

Blaise, the book chick

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Write for your sanity

Write for your sanity: pic by Blaise van Hecke
Write for your sanity: pic by Blaise van Hecke

To follow on from my series of blogs about reasons to write, this one is a biggy for me. I’ve just come back from a holiday where we went out into the wilderness. It was so great to be off the computer and without power or internet for a lot of the time. I planned to do nothing: no writing, no reading, no work. I did manage this mostly.

But what I find when I get away from the busy-ness of life is that my creative brain goes crazy. This meant that I had to at least jot down ideas and think about things. I figured thinking wasn’t off the table.

Writing is a way of quieting our monkey minds. It might just be jotting down thoughts into a journal or writing a poem. In this way, we can convert our noisy thoughts into something more constructive rather than the internal looping that can happen. It’s strange that by writing it down we are able to process these thoughts and create order out of the chaos. It’s almost like purging our thoughts onto paper (or computer screen).

Here are three ways you can write for your sanity:

  1. Write a letter to someone who you may be having difficulty with. There are two ways to do this. You might like to completely vent with them by writing about all the things that annoy or trouble you about them. The second way is to write a letter of gratitude to this person and see what you discover. You might be surprised. The idea isn’t to send this letter but to purge.
  2. Writing daily in a journal has so many benefits. Again, you can purge about all the things that are troubling you but equally important is to look at what you can be grateful for. Try to think of three things that you are grateful for each time you write in your journal. It really opens your eyes to a different reality.
  3. Write a poem. I’m not a poet and any poems hanging around that I’ve written are not for public consumption but it’s a really fun exercise to play with words and try poetry to express what you’re feeling. Don’t worry about the way you write it, just give it a go.

Be mindful of your mood when writing. I find that I can write myself out of a bad/down mood but you have to be conscious of what you are writing about. It can be quite meditative and fun.

Blaise, the book chick.

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