May Day! May Day!

Yesterday I walked to the college in one of my brightest outfits. It was the last “official” class–final projects are due tomorrow–and the warmth of the sun had me removing my jacket within the first half-mile. Ah! The joys of summer vacation!

I might just remain in my fuzzy fuchsia jammies all day today, though. Klaus and I will probably even start a fire soon. Ah! The joys of living in little mountain town!

Happy May Day!

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Laurel lives and laughs and publishes and podcasts in Colorado's Rocky Mountains! She has published several multi-genre books and hosts the podcast "Alligator Preserves," where she interviews fascinating people, talks about the human condition, and shares scary stories from her "Dark Ebb" collection.

2 replies on “May Day! May Day!”

First of all I would like to say wonderful blog!
I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind. I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing. I’ve
had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there.
I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10
to 15 minutes are lost simply just trying to figure out how to
begin. Any suggestions or tips? Thank you!

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That’s a great question, and it’s one that writers everywhere struggle with, some ultimately throwing up their hands and blaming “writer’s block” for their inability to get started. Since I decided that writing will be my job, I have found that I’m often overwhelmed by the idea that there is SO much to write! One suggestion I have for you to clear your thoughts and get your ideas out there is to do a “brainstorm,” and if you’re not familiar with the term, simply imagine that the “storm” in your brain (all those ideas swirling around with no apparent order) is looking to spill out onto a piece of paper or a computer screen…and so you need to let it all out! Scribble if you must, type with wild abandon if you must, but let whatever is in your head OUT without second guessing, without judgment, without any attempt at organization. Once you do that, you have something you can then evaluate (and, by the way, you’ve been writing!).

In my writing group we start with timed exercises that are similar to the brainstorming idea. We may start with a line of poetry, an idea, or simply one word, and the challenge then is to write for 5-10 minutes without stopping on whatever that phrase/idea/word makes you think about. Often these short drills deliver powerful insights!

I’ve been posting writing tips on my Facebook page at Leadville Laurel: and I’d love for you to check them out.
Thank you for visiting, and I hope these suggestions help you!

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