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Weekly Writing Prompt — April 3, 2013 Edition

Greetings writers. I almost don’t know what to tell you since we’ve finished The Artist’s Way. I’m still digesting every thing I learned going through the book (for the third time). I very much appreciate the opportunity to have gone through it with all of you. I love your stories of discoveries, watching everyone move from “stuck” or “blocked” to creating like mad. Keep it up. Don’t give up on your morning pages, or your artist’s dates, or being aware of the synchronicity we’re blessed with as we plant the seeds of our dreams and allow them to blossom.

First up, announcements:
Calling All NaNoRhinos for NaNoWriMo Writing Marathon!

Join other SnoValley Writes! members for an 8 hour write-in on Saturday, April 13th.

Write for 2-4-6…can you write for 8 hours? Edit your NaNo from November. Get ahead on blog posts. Anything related to writing counts.
We’ll start at 9:30 am at the North Bend Bar and Grill for brekkie writing and then move to Pioneer Coffee at about 11:30. We’ll go through until 5:30 or until the last pencil rubs to a nub and the last finger crumples on the keys.
If you feel so inclined, make it official and pledge to the NaNoWriMo cause. Info here: http://nanowrimo.org/marathon
Please RSVP to sherikcarriage@msn.com if you know you’re coming.
Come when you can, leave when you must. Spring forward on your writing with us!
I am going to join all of you for as long as I can; hopefully you’ll do the same — come when you can; leave when you must.
Don’t forget, April 9, at 6 p.m. is our next Writing Work Shop at the North Bend Library. 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. We’ll continue our MFA on the Cheap lesson plans. We’ll be talking about marketing ourselves. Seems like perfect timing because I’ve been getting lots of questions about that. Also, it might serve to motivate me to re-invest into my own personal marketing. You all always keep me on my toes. I’m so grateful. Thank you. Be sure to RSVP for the workshop so I can plan exercises accordingly. Also, don’t forget to bring work to trade for feedback.
Our writing prompt this week is actually reading. I want you to find a book. Read it. Then post a review of the book (hopefully it’s positive, but remember to be a positive critic if you have feedback that isn’t so good, yeah?), post that review on your blog, amazon, goodreads, etc. These are some of the best ways that you can a) learn to be a better writer; b) support other writers, c) encourage others to do the same. It’s a happy circle then.
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King

What did you Write today?

Casondra Brewster
Sno Valley Writes!
Helping Writers Reach New Literary Peaks Since 2008
Check us out on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SnoValleyWrites

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron

Weekly Writing Prompt — March 27, 2013

Well, congratulations — especially to those that came to the workshop yesterday. We finished The Artist’s Way.

Now what, you ask?
Reread it on your own and do the exercises and tasks again. Continue to look out for synchronicity; do your morning pages; take your artist’s date. Keep doing the work.
Now we will transition into more MFA-style work. We worked on some of that yesterday in the workshop, too, concentrating on working against Writer’s Block (more accurately described as resistance). I’ll be pulling from many resources for this, and I’ll share them with you as appropriate.
But let’s start at the basics of  a writing life. Below are some questions you need to ask yourself. Write down the questions in your notebook/journal and actually answer them. Give details.
Reading, Writing, Workshop, Community.
First:  Reading.  Do you read regularly? If so, how many books per year, on average? What are your top three preferred subjects or genres? List the last five books/magazines you’ve read. What are you reading now?
Second:  Writing.  How long have you been writing regularly? Do you have a project you’re focusing on? Are you experimenting with various things? How often do you write? Is your writing schedule regular or sporadic? (That being a writer versus being an author dealio we talked about int he beginning of the month).
Third:  Workshop.  Do you belong to a writing group or have writer colleagues who read your work? (and not just via Email — are you doing in-person stuff?) Do you participate in workshops at conferences or other live or online events?  Do you take time to evaluate the feedback and implement what resonates with you into your work?
Last, but not least:  Community.  Do you have writer friends? Do you engage with other writers either face-to-face or online? Are you a member of any writing associations?
Any places where you’ve answered No is likely the area in your writing life that you need to give more attention to. Now make a plan on how to do that.
Alright Authors:  Don’t forget the Writer’s Cafes this week.
And now your moment of Writing Zen: “Love is easy, and I love writing. You can’t resist love. You get an idea, someone says something, and you’re in love.” ~Ray Bradbury

What did you Write today?

Casondra Brewster
Sno Valley Writes!
Helping Writers Reach New Literary Peaks Since 2008
Check us out on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SnoValleyWrites

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron

Weekly Writing Prompt — March 20, 2013 Edition

Welcome Spring! And Welcome to another week of creative recovery and writing focus.

We are in the throws of Week 12 of The Artist’s Way. This week’s tasks focus us on Recovering a Sense of Faith. In this final week, we acknowledge the inherently mysterious spiritual hearts of creativity. We address the fact that creativity requires receptivity and profound trust — capacities we have developed through our work in this course. We set our creative aims and take a special look at last-minute sabotage. We renew our commitment to the use of the tools. 

Again, we’ll be looking at Trusting, Mystery, The Imagination At Play, and Escape Velocity. If you haven’t checked out the readings in The Artist’s Way, I highly encourage you to do so.
This week’s Tasks:
1. Write down any resistance, angers, and fears you have about going on from here. We all have them.

2.  Take a look at your current areas of procrastination. What are the payoffs in your waiting? Locate the hidden fears. Do a list on paper.

3.  Sneak a peek back at Week One, Core Negative Beliefs (page 30). Laugh. Yes, the nasty critters are still there. Note your progress. Read yourself the affirmations on pages 36 and 37. Write some affirmations about your continued creativity as you end the course. 

4.  Mend any mending.
That’s all for this week.
Remember Next Tuesday is our next Workshop at the North Bend Library Meeting Room. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please RSVP if you plan to be there so I may plan accordingly. Certain exercises don’t work with certain numbers. So, it’s always helpful to me from a planning and logistical point to know how many folks will be there. Be sure to bring some work to exchange. Feedback is one of the most critical things we can receive from SnoValley Writes! participation.  As always, be sure to bring something to write on/with (notebook & pen, or laptop).
Don’t forget, we have three separate writing cafes for you to set aside writing time and network with other local authors. Plan on attending at least one this week.
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music — the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” ~Henry Miller. 

What did you Write today?

Casondra Brewster
Sno Valley Writes!
Helping Writers Reach New Literary Peaks Since 2008
Check us out on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SnoValleyWrites

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron

Weekly Writing Prompt — March 13, 2013 Edition

Good Morning Authors!

I’m returning to putting this all in an email because the response has been that going to the Web site first has been difficult for some folks. It will still appear on the Web site; however, we’ll have it in our mailing list as well (again.)

Are you doing the work to be an author?

Workshop last night was great. At least, I thought so. So sorry that some of you missed it. I do need to correct some information from last night. I gave the wrong author name for a book out there. My apologies. It is Steven PRESSFIELD, not Presser. My apologies. You can find his two great books about writing that I was talking about:

I encourage you all to read it. Unless you’re catching up on THE ARTIST’S WAY. Do that first. Then check out Mr. Pressfield’s stuff.
We’re finishing up the last of Week 11. We had fun with some of the exercises and tasks last night in the work shop, as well as discussing moving from being a Writer to being an Author. Some of us are going to get an email and/or a letter to our inner artist. What fun! Looking to receiving mine.
Here’s your tasks for today (this week), from page 191 in Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way.
Most of what we’re doing is lots of examination, introspection and reflection. So take the time to do these exercises and really spend the energy that you do as a writer thinking — and think about these things:
9.  Once more, reexamine your God concept. Does your belief system limit or suport your creative expansion? Are you open minded about altering your concept of God (the Great Creator? The Energy of the Universe

10.  List ten examples of personal synchronicity that support the possibility of a nurturing creative force. 

(For those that need a reminder of what personal synchronicity looks like, here’s a reminder:  http://artistswaypages.blogspot.com/2010/10/synchronicity-fairy_1297.html)
I have found that personal synchronicity increases (or at least my ability to recognize it) when I’ve done my morning pages and explored areas in my life that are needing nurturing and loving action. Amazing how much positive energy those morning pages produce. Are you doing your morning pages? How about the loving action to give yourself an artist date? Those in the workshop yesterday were given the task to plan one week’s worth of nurturing for themselves. This means one concrete, loving action every single day for one week, even allowing yourself to binge on loving yourself, pampering yourself, even dreaming of the ultimate week of nurturing and pampering yourself. It can be something as simple as going for a walk, instead of eating your lunch at a cubicle. The next day replacing your beat up notebook that holds your morning pages and only has a few pages left with a beautiful one covered in Octopuses because dang it you love those silly creatures. Or even allowing yourself to buy a favorite childhood treat (how many licks does it take to get to the center of the Tootsie Pop?). You get the picture. Now go and do it. Be nurturing to yourself and your inner artist.
Don’t forget Writer’s Cafe at Sawdust Coffee in North Bend beginning at 6 p.m. until about 9 p.m.
Next cafe is the Day Trippers gathering at The Black Dog in Snoqualmie on Friday at 9:30 a.m.
And Monday Muse is still alive at Pioneer Coffee at 11 a.m. (I’m even going to make an honest change effort to send out a reminder).
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” ~Albert Einstein

What did you Write today?

Casondra Brewster
Sno Valley Writes!
Helping Writers Reach New Literary Peaks Since 2008
Check us out on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SnoValleyWrites

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron

Weekly Writing Prompt — March 6, 2013 Edition


Greetings to you. The frogs serenaded me last night; the birds awoke me with their songs.

Spring is here. It will fight an epic battle for the next few weeks with Old Man Winter. But she is here. There is a sense of newness in the air (I moved my winter greens to their Spring-time beds), and I saw a doe and fawn early this morning. It’s all right here in front of us. But, sometimes I think we let the world and all its troubles detract us from the goodness and beauty right in front of us. I hope you have a chance to pause and reflect and allow the goodness and beauty to seep into you.

Enjoying life doesn’t mean there isn’t work, however. But, when it’s writing work, creative work, it doesn’t feel like work, right?

Today we continue making our way through the very last of The Artist’s Way.

Today’s task is this:

Build yourself a special creativity notebook. Number pages one through seven. Give one page each to the following categories:  health, possessions, leisure, relationships, creativity, career, and spirituality. With no thought as to practicality, list ten wishes in each area. All right, it’s a lot. Let yourself dream a little here.

That’s it. No other task this week from us. Just do that one. But you do have an opportunity tonight at the Writer’s Café at Sawdust Coffee in North Bend, beginning at 6 p.m. to complete this task/prompt/creative nudge.

If you don’t have an artist’s date planned this week, please consider supporting one of our fellow writers and artists in the valley by attending a book launch/signing in North Bend.

Agatha Hattie – Queen of the Night, written by our own Jacquelyn Fedyk and illustrated by local favorite artist, Leslie Nan Moon are being hosted by Selah Gifts on Saturday, March 9th, at Noon until 2 p.m. There will be a reading, signing, and definitely a chance for you to acquire as many copies of this great children’s book. Please consider setting aside some time to support them. For more information, please visit http://agathahattie.wordpress.com/

Next work session for the group is March 12 at the North Bend Library at 6 p.m. Hope to see you all there.

And now your moment of Writing Zen:

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…Otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” ~Buddha

Weekly Writing Prompt — February 13, 2013 Edition



Quick administrative notes before we dive into this week’s writing tasks –

We need a “host” for the Write-Ins on Friday mornings and Mid-Day on Mondays.

Any volunteers?

Our Friday one is 9:30 a.m. to Noonish (currently at the Black Dog) and Mid-Day Muse is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (currently at Pioneer Café).  Locations could be changed, but SnoValley Writes! needs someone to volunteer to make sure that a table of writers is started. Let me know if you’re interested in  doing this.

Alright…now for our writerly workings for the week…

We’re working through the tasks of Week 10: Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection within The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

Note:  Many of you have come to me and said that this work we’ve been doing going through The Artist’s Way has been enlightening, difficult, helpful, hard, and oh, so, inspiring. I’m glad so many of you are getting so much out of it. Like I’ve told you in the past, this is my third time through it and I still gather benefit from the exercises, tasks and stories within its pages.

Now for this week’s Tasks:

  1. The Deadlies:  Take a piece of paper and cut seven small strips from it. On each strip write one of the following words: alcohol, sex, work, money, food, family/friends. Fold these strips of paper and place them in an envelope. We call these folded slips the deadlies. You’ll see why in a minute. Now draw one of the deadlies from the envelope and write five ways in which it has had a negative impact on your life. (If the one you choose seems difficult or inapplicable to you, consider this resistance.) You will do this seven times, each time putting back the previous slip of paper so that you are always drawing from seven possible choices. Yes, you may draw the same deadly repeatedly. Yes, this is significant. Very often, it is the last impact on the final list of an annoying, “Oh no, not again” that yields a break, through denial, into clarity.

This one is a lot of work and I really want you all to work on this one. So, be sure to get it done.

And now your moment of Writing Zen:

“Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do good things.” ~Edgar Degas

Don’t forget, Writer’s Café tonight!  6 p.m. at Sawdust Café in North Bend.


Weekly Writing Prompt — February 6, 2013 Edition

I’ve lost count how many years I’ve been sending out these prompts. I know it’s been a lot, however. I hope that it helps keep you focused on your literary passions and continuing to seek out your dreams and goals. 

We are continuing with Week 10 of our group effort working through The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. This week we explore the perils that can ambush us on our creative path. Because creativity is a spiritual issue, many of the perils are spiritual perils. In the essays, tasks, and exercised this week, we search out the toxic pattern we cling to that block our creative flow.

But, before we dive into that, a few administrative notes… We continue to want to make our Web site the best it can be. Please let me know what you would like to see with the Web site. We are open to suggestions. Just remember, this is volunteer work and we have zero budget. Anyhow, let me know and we’ll do what we can to increase the sites usefulness to everyone who calls themselves part of SnoValley Writes!

Also, next work session is Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again (and hopefully this nasty crud I’ve contracted will be gone). Please RSVP, so I can lesson plan accordingly. Homework is to just be there and be ready to write.

Okay, onto Recovering a Sense of Self-Protection.

I must say that personally, it’s good that this chapter is coming at this time in my life. Self-protection hasn’t been one of my strongest characteristics and I’ve been working hard to improve that. Won’t you join me?

In Week 10 Chapters, the author talks about the dangers of the creativity trail, workaholism, anxiety, creative drought, fame, and competition. I encourage you all to get The Artist’s Way and read these sections.

Our first work is to take a workaholic quiz:

  1. I work outside of office hours: seldom, often, never?
  2. I cancel dates with loved ones to do more work: seldom, often, never?
  3. I postpone outings until the deadline is over: seldom, often, never?
  4. I take work with me on weekends: seldom, often, never?
  5. I take work with me on vacations: seldom, often, never?
  6. I take vacations: seldom, often, never?
  7. My intimates complain I always work: seldom, often, never?
  8. I try to do two things at once: seldom, often, never?
  9. I allow myself free time between projects:  seldom, often, never?
  10. I allow myself to achieve closure on tasks:  seldom, often, never?
  11.  I procrastinate in finishing up the last loose ends:  seldom, often, never?
  12. I set out to do one job and start on three more at the same time: seldom, often, never?
  13. I work in the evenings during family time:  seldom, often, never?
  14. I allow calls to interrupt – and lengthen – my work day:  seldom, often, never?
  15. I prioritize my day to include an hour of creative work/play:  seldom, often, never?
  16.  I place my creative dreams before my work:  seldom, often, never?
  17.  I fall in with others’ plans and fill my free time with their agendas:  seldom, often, never?
  18.  I allow myself down time to do nothing: seldom, often, never?
  19.  I use the word deadline to describe and rationalize my workload:  seldom, often, never?
  20. Going somewhere, even to dinner, with a notebook or my work numbers is something I do: seldom, often, never?

In order to recover our creativity, we must learn to see workaholism as a block instead of building block. Work abuse creates in our artist a Cinderella Complex. We are always dreaming of the ball and always experiencing the ball and chain.

There is a difference between zestful work towards a cherished goal and workaholism. That difference lies less in the hours than it does in the emotional quality of the hours spent. There is a treadmill quality to workaholism. We depend on our addiction and we resent it. For a workaholic, work is synonymous with worth, and so we are hesitant to jettison any part of it 

In striving to clear the way for our creative flow we must look at our work habits very clearly. We may not think we overwork until we look at the hours we put in. We may think our work is normal until we compare it with a normal 40-hour week. One way to achieve clarity about out time expenditures is to keep a daily checklist and record of our time spent. (I did this in my morning pages for some time…It’s very enlightening.)  Even an hour of creative work/play can go a long way toward offsetting the sense of workaholic desperation that keeps our dreams at bay.

Because workaholism is a process addiction (an addiction to a behavior rather than a substance), it is difficult to tell when we are indulging in it. An alcoholic gets sober by abstaining from alcohol. A workaholic gets sober by abstaining from overwork. The trick is to define overwork – and this is where we often lie to ourselves, bargaining to hold on to those abusive behaviors that still serve us.

In order to guard against rationalization, it is very useful to set a bottom line. Each person’s bottom line is different but should specifically mention those behaviors known to be off-limits. These specific behaviors make for immediate recovery than a vague, generic resolve to do better.

If you really have no time, you need to make some room. It is more likely, however, that you have the time and are misspending it. Your tie log will help you find those areas where you need to create boundaries. Boundary is another way to say bottom line. “Bottom line, I will not ________________.” That is your boundary. (We’ll be practicing this soon.)


And now your moment of Writing Zen:  “Saying no can be the ultimate self-care.” ~Claudia Black

Weekly Writing Prompt — May 23, 2012 Edition

Greetings! Hope the rain and cloud cover has you inspired and not mired in “where is the sun?” complaints.

Once again, we continue with our work through The Artist’s Way together. We are still working through the tasks and exercises in Chapter 4 — for those keeping track via their own copy of the book.
But, first, it’s check-in time!
1. Morning Pages?
2. Artist’s Date?
3. No reading this past week? What did you do instead?
4. Doing the tasks and exercises?
Today’s Tasks include the environment and time travel.
1.  Environment:  Describe your ideal environment. Town? Country? Sank? Cozy? One paragraph. One image, drawn or clipped, that conveys this. (For those with Tumblr Accounts, feel free to do this there). What’s your favorite season? Why? Go through some magazines and find an image of this. Or draw it. Place it near your working area.
2.  Time Travel:  Describe yourself at eighty. What did you do after fifty that you enjoyed? Be very specific. Now, write a letter from you at eighty to you at your current age. What would you tell yourself? What interests would you urge yourself to pursue? What dreams w2ould you encourage?
3.  Time Travel:  Remember yourself at eight. What did you like to do? What were your favorite things? Now, write a letter from you at eight to you at your current age. What would you tell yourself?
4.  Environment:  Look at your house. Is there any room that you could make into a secret, private space for yourself? Convert the TV room? Buy a screen or hand a sheet and cordon off a section of some other room? This is your dream area. It should be decorated for fun and not as an office. All you really need is a chair or pillow, something to write on, some kind of little alter area for flowers and candles. This is to help you center on the fact that creativity is a spiritual, not an ego, issue.
DayTrippers on Friday at the Black Dog at 9:30 a.m. until about Noon-ish.
Monday Midday Muse at Pioneer Cafe at 11 a.m. until about 1 p.m. ish
Writer’s Cafe @ Carriage Insurance at 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.
Next Writer’s WorkShop Session:  June 10th.
Steve Matlock kindly shared this link and information. Might be of interest to some of you:
Direct submissions to Arthur Levine (@Scholastic)
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“The primary imagination I hold to be the Living Power.” ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Weekly Writing Prompt – May 16, 2012 Edition

By now you should know that I’m going to ask you about:

Morning Pages?
Artist Date?
Spiritual Reading?
Hopefully you’re making some of these habits.
Today we begin Week 4 in The Artist’s Way:  Recovering a Sense of Integrity. (Italics indicate quotes directly from the book).
This week may find you grappling with changing self-definition. The essays, tasks, and exercises are designed to catapult you into productive introspection and integration of new self-awareness. This may be both very difficult and extremely exciting for you. Warning:  Do not skip the tool of reading deprivation.
1) Honest Changes and Affirmations.
We tell ourselves “We can’t” all the times. It becomes a block. It becomes an excuse. This week we will break down that block and change those excuses into affirmations.
This week you need to use your morning pages — or part of them — for writing affirmations. 

“put it in writing,” we often say when making a deal. There is a special power in writing out the deal we are making with the universe. “I receive your good willingly” and “Thy will be done” are two short affirmations that when written in the morning remind us to be open to increased good  during the day. 

“I trust my perceptions” is another powerful affirmation to use as we undergo shifts in identity. “A stronger and clearer me is emerging.” 

Choose affirmations according to your need. As you excavate your buried dreams, you need the assurance that such explorations are permissible: “I recover and enjoy my identity.” 

Choose your own affirmation as is appropriate. Remember to keep the language positive and no “can’ts.” An affirmation does not look like this:
“I can’t write today.”
“I can’t stay at this abusive job.”
“I can’t rescue a sister who needs to save herself.”
“I will allow myself to write today”
“I will open myself up to new possibilities in my life.”
“I am supportive and loving to those in my life.”
You will also say them to yourself — out loud — as often as you can remember. (My technique is each time I have to visit the facilities, I take a look in the bathroom and say my affirmation.)

As recovering creatives, we often have to excavate our own pasts for the shards of buried dreams and delights. Do a little digging, please. Be fast and frivolous. This is an exercise in spontaneity, so be sure to write your answers out quickly. Speed kills the censor. 

1. List five hobbies that sound fun.
2.  List five classes that sound fun
3.  List five things you personally would never do that sound fun. 
4.  List five skills that would be fun to have.
5.  List five things you used to enjoy doing.
6.  List five silly things you would like to try once.

As you may have gathered by this point in your work, we will approach certain problems from many different angles, all of them aimed at eliciting more information from your unconscious about what you might consciously enjoy. The exercise that follows will teach you enormous amounts about yourself — as well as giving you some free time in which to pursue the interests you just listed.


If you feel stuck in your life or in your art, few jump starts are more effective than a week of reading deprivation.

No reading? That’s right:  no reading. For most artists, words are like tiny tranquilizers. We have a daily quota of media chat that we swallow up. Like greasy food, it clogs our system. Too much of it and we feel, yes, fried. 

Don’t know what to do instead of reading? Here goes:

Listen to music, knit, work out, make curtains, cook, meditate, wash the dog, fix the bike, have a friend to dinner, sort closets, water color, pay bills, rewire the lamp, get the stereo working, write old friends, paint the bedroom, sort bookshelves (a dangerous one), repot some plants, rearrange the kitchen, go dancing, mend.

Don’t read. If you can’t think of anything else to do, cha-cha. 
And Now Your Moment of Writing Zen:
“When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image.” ~ Meister Eckhart.

Weekly Writing Prompt — May 10, 2012 Edition

Sorry we missed yesterday. You missed this, right?

Yesterday was one of those days you’re not really sure where you are, what you’re doing, or why you’re doing it. And I kept thinking it was Tuesday.
So here’s the check in:
1. Morning pages? Doing them? Yes? No? If so, how often?
2.  Artist date? What did you do? What did you discover?
3.  Synchronicity? Did you have it? What happened?
4.  Spiritual Reading? Doing it? What did you discover?
Exercises as we push through chapter 3 in the Artist’s Date. If you’re actually doing these you will see progress.
A.  List five people you admire. Now, list five people you secretly admire. What traits do these people have tht you can cultivate further in yourself?
B.  List five people you wish you had met who are dead. Now, list five people who are dead whom you’d like to hang out with for a while in eternity. What traits do you find in these people that you can look for in your friends?
C.  Compare the two sets of lists. Take a look at what you really like and really admire — and a look at what you think you should like and admire. Your shoulds might tell you to admire Edison while your heart belongs to Houdini. Go with the Houdini side of you for awhile.
And now your moment of Writing Zen:
“Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure.” ~ Piero Ferrucci

What did you Write today?

Casondra Brewster
Sno Valley Writes!
Helping Writers Reach New Literary Peaks Since 2008
Check us out on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/SnoValleyWrites

“But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew upon a thought, produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.” ~ Lord Byron