SummerExciting news!

I’ve decided to launch daily writing for pleasure prompts via my new school.

Nobody wants tons of writing pressure in the summer. But it’s really beneficial for writers to write everyday whether they have a work in progress or not.

Remember when I used to do moment challenges via email? Those were great.

But this time, I’m going to set the daily writing challenge up in my school instead. And each prompt will be like a mini-lesson in writing well.

So even though it will seem like you are only writing for fun, you will actually be learning valuable skills that you can apply to everything you write.

Everyone who participates can submit one 500-word moment from the challenge to me at the end of the month and I will select the best one and publish the name of the author in my blog. (I will publish the entire piece if the author grants permission.) The author of the chosen piece will also receive a free product of my choosing.

I will have all the details by Friday! Stay tuned if you want to keep your writing skills cooking even as you kick back and relax this summer.

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What is it about typewriters anyway? Does anyone know why so many people find them compelling?

Like many people, I am obsessed with them, which first prompted me to create my Typewriter Obsession Pinterest page a while back.

Then my husband gave me a broken-down typewriter, which I wrote about yesterday. I shared the before photo and now I’m going to share the after photo, which I turned into a poster for my Etsy shop.

I also had a hashtag inspiration when posting my before photo yesterday. #Icouldplantinthat is a new hashtag I am starting for folks like me, who look at old objects they see and immediately assess whether or not they could fill them with dirt and plant something in them.

I hope you will join me this gardening season in creating unusual garden containers and sharing them by using the #Icouldplantinthat hashtag on social media. No one is currently using the tag, so when someone starts using it, we’ll know they are one of us.

Here’s the new poster. Let me know what you think.

Grow A gainst Type Print Photo 1

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Bouquet-Poetry Quote Poster Image 1My latest fascination is gardening. Something has clicked this year and instead of a little trial and a lot of error, I’m experiencing a little trial and a lot of success.

Yay. And it only took me…well, never mind how long it took me.

What matters is that my gardens are looking really good and I’m starting to plant in unusual containers again. I always found this frivolity amusing but for some reason I stopped doing it for a while.

Honestly, I often feel torn between writing and gardening. I love doing both. But I can look back and see that when I was writing intensely, my gardening was on the wane. And when I am gardening intensely, my writing is on the wane.

But I don’t want to have to choose. I want to do both.

Recently my husband gave me a broken-down typewriter that someone had donated to his theater department. The Underwood is to junky to use as a prop but, of course there are other possibilities… So broken down typewriter: prepare to become a pot.

Typewriter Planter

When Jason gave me the typewriter, I got the message. Why struggle? Writing and gardening have so much in common. This was the theme of this month’s Become Your Own Writing Coach pep talk and it’s a topic I have addressed before in The Writer’s Workout. I even wrote an article comparing platforms and gardens for Author magazine, Grow For It: Activate & Reactivate Your Perennial Platform Power. It was one of my most comprehensive articles on platform development.

So why do I put my writing and gardening at odds with each other? Why can’t they compliment each other? They could if I let them, since they already do.

All of this was the inspiration for a new digital download poster I created for my Etsy shop. The quote is: “A bouquet is a poem written in flowers.” And the photo is selection of flowers I picked from the garden with my daughter Samantha on Mother’s Day weekend.

If you love words and gardening, you are not alone. If you words and many other things, you are not alone. We are allowed to mix things up, to juxtapose them, to bring unlikely things together. The creative impulse wants to move forward into the new, not have to choose one direction over another. So why not just go with it?

In the past, I have shared lower resolution images of my posters on Pinterest. This time, I am sharing images of the framed poster. The digital download itself is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. It turned out beautifully and I had so much fun making it.

If you like it too, thanks for sharing it with your friends who love words and flowers.

How about you? Do you have things in your life that you put in competition with your writing? Do you need to stop creating friction and start creating something new instead?

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downloadI happened to stumble on this blog post by Amanda Flaker while I was on Facebook earlier today.

Empath Vs. Highly Sensitive Person (They Are Not The Same Thing)

I was searching for something else and this network for highly sensitive people came up. Maybe I was already a member. I’m not sure.

I would consider myself a highly sensitive person and I am also an empath. Being an empath means I can and sometimes do experience other people’s feelings as if they are my own.

In order to lead a happy life, an empath needs good boundaries and connections with positive, constructive people. Being surrounded by negative or angry people for any length of time is an empath’s worst nightmare.

Some folks may not realize that they are highly sensitive. Others may not realize that they are also empaths. I think it’s helpful to know yourself and especially to know if these two traits apply to you.

I think most writers are highly sensitive people. I occasionally encounter a writer who does not seem to fit the definition of highly sensitive. But this is fairly unusual.

As you can learn from reading the above post, just because a person is highly sensitive does not mean that they are nice. There are plenty of fearful, negative, and defensive sensitive people in the world.

If you think you might be highly sensitive yourself. Here are some resources that can help you find ways to move through the world sensitively without feeling continually irritated and overwhelmed:

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D.

The Highly Sensitive Person Website

Sensitive, Watch Preview Of The Documentary

Are you highly sensitive, writers? Here’s a self-test. See for yourself and then chime in with your responses to this post.

I also liked Amanda’s follow-up audio about the differences between highly sensitive folks and empaths. She seems to have some good resources on her site for those who fit these descriptions. She seems quite young to be taking on such tricky topics and this makes me want to applaud her.

I guess what I’d like to say to both highly sensitive and empathetic people is, you are a highly creative person. Your sensitivity grants you abilities that other less tuned in folks may not have. If you can focus on self-expression as a goal, you can move beyond merely surviving and into thriving as a sensitive person. Focus on tapping into what you have to offer rather than merely coping with what it’s like to be highly sensitive. Nobody wants to spend their whole life coping, but just about everyone has a deep desire to express themselves authentically.

You have a lot too offer. We all do. Don’t let being highly sensitive stand in your way.

I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

If you liked this post, you might also like my recent piece on imposter syndrome that appeared in my recent Prosperous Writer ezine.

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More Joy For Mom This Weekend & All Year Long

May 6, 2016

If you follow my offerings, then I’m sure you already know that I’m a mom. I love being a mom and I love serving moms in my work. Moms have incredible power to inspire a better world through our children. I love that the work I do inspires moms to improve their lives. And I […]

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Course Price Changes & Additional Instructor Support Services

April 27, 2016

Course Prices Are Going Back Up Now that things have settled back down, I am raising the prices on my writing and publishing courses back up to where they belong on May 9th, the day after Mother’s Day. I want to give everyone, including moms, plenty of time to take advantage of these courses at […]

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All The Ways I Currently Help Writers With Goal-setting

April 26, 2016

Are you ready to set and reach all of your writing career goals over time? I know writers can achieve their dreams because I surpass mine on a regular basis. I also work with writers to set writing career goals and I have for been doing this for over fifteen years. The writers I work […]

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Creative Nonfiction Offers Publication Opportunities For Quality Writing

April 25, 2016

I have a lot of respect for Lee Gutkind and Creative Nonfiction magazine. I enjoy being a subscriber to a magazine with such high-quality nonfiction, and if you like my teachings, you likely will, too. And good news, now The Creative Nonfiction Foundation is launching a new publication that pays writers for true stories. Here’s […]

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Oldie But Goodie: Writer Mamas, Are You Ready To Get Published?

April 22, 2016

Writer mamas, you know how much I love you. This post’s for you! Here are the kinds of things that beginning writer mamas get overwhelmed by: Finding enough time Battling distractions Guilt/Torn in too many directions Over-committed/Too many volunteer activities Don’t know what to prioritize first Can’t decide which idea to pursue Tired from working […]

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So You Want To Become A More Professional Writer? Read On…

April 21, 2016

A writer has never approached me and said, “I want to do worse than I am doing. Can you help me?” Writers usually work with me because they want a writing life and they don’t have one yet. They also work with me because they have a writing life but they want to create better […]

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