On Writing

If one of your goals is to write a book, then start writing. It doesn’t matter how good you think it is. In fact, your inner critic is gonna raise hell with you when you start writing. It’s what the human mind does. It’s gonna say “who do you think you are, trying to write a book?”

It’s gonna tell you that you need to edit as you write. Do not fall prey to that temptation. It will stop you from creating, from telling your story. You can always go back and edit later.

We are all storytellers. We all have something to say.

What if part of your legacy is to tell your story in written form? What if it’s fiction? Any good work of fiction is based on characters that are known to you, most especially you.

Even if you have no desire to write a book, write something. A short story. A poem. A letter. Keep a journal. Write a note. (Who doesn’t love getting handwritten notes)? But write! It’s good for your soul.

I used to keep handwritten journals. Lots of them. My thinking was that, after I’m gone, my kids will be able to read them. But now, with the digital age, most of my journal keeping is done on a private online app. Which means I’ll probably have to write down the password and put it in a sealed envelope to be opened after my demise.

Either way, they’ll know things about me that they didn’t know. Kinda cool.

Be good to yourself and each other. Namaste’



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Amazing how time is flying by.  Doesn’t it feel like 2011 is a distant memory?  For some, that might be a good thing.  For others, there are people, places and things that want to be remembered.

For this writer, as the days fly by, it seems that the happenings need to be recorded somehow.  Many of us have blogs for passing along information, sharing our feelings, baring our souls, etc.  But for those who don’t like to bare their souls in the public domain, there’s an alternative for you to shout from your soul or whisper from your heart.

PENZU is an online private journal and it’s absolutely free, secure and easy to use.  Of course, like most free programs, you can upgrade to premium but you don’t have to.  It functions just great in the free version.  I used to keep a handwritten journal (several, actually) but have found recently that I can type faster than I can write, so it’s Penzu for me.  I’ve found that I sometimes  start my entry with bitching, moaning and complaining, but by the end I’m finding something to be in gratitude about.  I think it’s important to write it all down. Some experts say we can even write our way to good health.  If there’s truly a mind/body/spirit connection, and I believe there is, then why not write for a better overall sense of well-being?  Personally, I believe writing in a journal to be a great stress reducer.  Why?  Because we get to write anything we want and there’s no outside forces judging us for it.  The worst critic will be our inner one.

I love how Penzu says “Free Lunch Does Exist.”  Pretty clever and they aren’t kidding about it being free.




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