Posts Tagged ‘writing goals’

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

The Sylvia Beach Hotel’s Dr. Seuss room is a delightful mixture of childlike fun, primary colors, and of course, SEUSS!  We stayed next to it in Agatha Christie (larger room facing the ocean) but if I were coming up to this Oregon B&B by myself I’d book this one for writing inspiration.

Above this furry-footed bed is this sign:

There is a lovely desk for illustrators and writers:

And a chair for reading and playing with the stuffed Seuss animals:

Writing Prompt: 
1. Use Dr. Seuss to inspire your writing.  Write rhyme.  Read Dr. Seuss to get you in the mood of course!
2.  You have every writer’s fantasy.  You are allowed a month at a retreat.  You can go anywhere you want to go.  You may bring any reading and writing projects with you.  What will you work on?  What are your writing goals?
3.  What’s stopping you from starting those writing goals NOW?  Remember Anne Lamott’s advice in Bird by Bird.  Just write a little bit at a time.  Don’t look at the huge book, article, paper, or website.  Just try writing a paragraph per day or whatever YOU can manage. 
4.  Give yourself a goal.  Cut back on television, surfing the web, socializing, or all of the above.  Give yourself 20 minutes a day to write ANYTHING. 
5.  Check off the days on the calendar when you stick to your plan.  Pretty soon you’ll develop a writing routine.  THEN you can call yourself a writer!

You Have Twenty-One Days to Begin a NEW Habit

Friday, January 1st, 2010

I read about a book called Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston.  Although I haven’t had a chance to read the book yet, a magazine noted the book recommends releasing yourself from addictions to find better health for twenty-one days.   

What is stopping you from writing the project that calls to your heart?  How do you waste time, energy or your resources?  Can YOU commit to twenty-one days of working on a goal?

For twenty-one days I pledge to work on my writing every week day except for school visit days.  (sorry – - I’m all used up on those days!)

And after this month’s fun and parties, I’ve decided to give up sugar and bread for twenty-one days.  For those of you who know me, many of you have hit the floor in a faint right now.  Yes, chocolate has sugar.  Yes, I will be giving up the big C.   Can I do it?  Time will tell.   I’m creating a calendar and will give myself a dog stamp every day I am successful.  If I’m not, I’ll come clean here and will be red-faced with shame.

Along with this twenty-one days of healthy eating for me, I’ll be sending out the California Writers Club Young Writers Contest Workshop information and guidelines  to one hundred schools in Contra Costa County.   Feel free to post questions, comments, and start a dialogue about writing here about writing poems, short stories, and personal narratives.  (Categories of the contest)

In my own writing, I’ll be working on a novel, a new picture book project, and revising a nonfiction book.

What about YOU?