• AN ALGORITHM FOR JULY

    AN ALGORITHM FOR JULY

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    An algorithm is a set of rules or guidelines describing how to complete a task or solve a problem.
    While the word receives heavy traffic in the computer and math worlds, its meaning translates into any and almost every arena of life.
    I've created an algorithm for July;
    A set of guidelines to enable a fresh continuance in writing.
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    An algorithm for July:
    1) Jacket your ideas.
    Record two new subjects or verbs that come to your mind and explore them.
    Wrap them around your mind, body, and soul and "feel" them.
    Get familiar and comfortable in them.
    "Wear them."
    Figure out ways to enhance them and develop them.
    Consult an expository, old dictionary (words had different definings in earlier days,) Thesaurus, or Word Finder to aid fresh inspiration.
    Familiarize yourself with the unfamiliar.
    One of my exploratory words is Algorithm.
    I'm putting it to work in this writing.
    Jacket your ideas and allow them to foster writing movement.
    2) Utilize new resources for writing.
    Speak to an expert on a theme you're working to develop.
    If you're working on a "mystery," speak to an individual who works in law enforcement and pick their brain on detective work.
    If you're creating a work of fiction, visit an environment conducive to its setting and create a chapter in writing there.
    Writing movement is intensified and broadened when we enlist and invite resources that aid in accentuating our subject.
    3) Look at your subject differently.
    View your subject or theme as a kaleidoscope and "turn it" in order to see it differently.
    Ask for input from others and listen intently, without interruption, to the contributions they provide you with on your subject.
    Ask a child, teenager, parent, professional, and elderly individual to speak to your subject and you'll be amazed at the "turn of lens."
    Variation in audience provides a variation to lens and it costs nothing.
    Take advantage of it.
    People love to talk and hear their own ideas being voiced.
    Look at your subject differently by listening to others.
    4) Yachts and Yurts are delightful messengers.
    Write, think, and create in a new environment.
    Explore ideas while in a rowboat or laying on a dock.
    Examine your subject while gazing at an open arena of stars in the dark of night.
    Climb up a tree, visit a state park, hike a new path.
    Explore. Explore. Explore.
    Let your feet take you where your mind will wander.
    Enjoy a new environment, employ a new landscape,and write until you're fingers turn an inky blue.
    An algorithm creates a writing rhythm for the pen.
    Employ your mind,
    Expand your ideas in the month of July.
    Keep writing ...

     


  • JUNE'S JOURNEY

    JUNE'S JOURNEY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    June is deemed a month of transfer:
    School rooms are vacated and replaced with outdoor activities.
    Routines are replaced with random and sporadic outings.
    Geographical moves and vocational changes create a boon for the housing market.
    Travel plans, vacation splurges, and the color green (representing many areas) target "June" as the layman's introduction to a season teeming with movement, motion, momentum, and hopefully, preserved memories.
    But how to retain the memories.
    Hmmm ...
    By implementing a few respectable "practices" we can keep our writing on task and our creative juices flowing and flourishing.
    Ideas for consideration:
    1) Journal your way through spring.
    Purchase a new journal that suggests the look and feel of rejuvenation and refreshment. Begin every page with a spontaneous and contagious quote and look for small but energizing practices to add to your pages.
    Draw, doodle, dare to be expressive;
    Venture out in adventurous and creative ways.
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    2) Unpack unnecessary writing "baggage" and take a break from writing projects and obligations.
     Simply write to write.
    Write because you love to,
    Because you desire to,
    Because it's in you.
    Remove yourself unapologetically from frenzied activity and allow your mind, soul, and spirit time to process your own experiences.
    Offer yourself the gift of time and make no exceptions.
    Be specific about a desirable "writing" timeframe and selfishly keep to it.
    At a minimum ... one hour.
    Write for the sheer enjoyment of writing.
    Write with the knowledge that the only eyes which will be rehearsing and reading your writing will be your own.
    Enjoy!
    3) Navigate a new library or bookstore.
    Make part of your vacation a trip to a bookstore that hosts a coffee shop and a sweet roll and splurge on a new "read" while indulging on a caffeine and carb overload.
    Savor the whole fun experience and intoxicate yourself with a timely indulgence.
    Mmmm ...
    4) Engage your mind with a revitalizing visit to a place you've never been:
    Attend a theater, play, or orchestra.
    Purchase tickets to a concert, museum, or special speaker.
    Purchase a state park sticker, sit on a bench beside a river, or find a tree to simply laze under.
    Allow your mind to experience something new, fresh, and experientially exciting.
    And then of course ... record it.
    Tap into every sense ignited and allow yourself to feel it until it gets in you.
    Mmmm ...
    Enjoy the month of June and allow a little piece of "splurge" to attend you.
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  • MAY'S STRATEGY

    MAY'S STRATEGY
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Every month has it's own unique contributions enlisted as a part of its "story" just as every writer does.
    This month I'm contributing a provoking "truth and tip" contribution to challenge you on your writing journey and engage you with some new ideas:
    1) Truth: The month of May was named after the Greek goddess, Maia, of fertility
     Tip: Create a short list of five new words or ideas that move with your writing project and develop new thought formations that intrigue your reading audience.
    Utilize a "Word Finder" or a Thesaurus to help in the quest and note their helpful differences:
    A "Word Finder" provides a substitute word and also produces an augmentative word which enhances or contributes to the word.
    "Word Finder" example of DARK - Perilous, haunted, mysteriously, impenetrably, creeping.
    A Thesaurus enlists new word selections of a "word" bearing similar meaning.
    "Thesaurus" example of DARK - Black, ebony, cloudy, sooty.
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    2) Truth: The emerald, symbolic of love and success, is the birthstone of May.
    Tip: We all know what an emerald is. One word has the power to paint a visual picture in a reader's mind and foster a deeper attachment to it as a result. Look for vital word enhancements that engage the reader at a deeper level and utilize imagery concepts throughout your writing.
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    3) Truth: The Empire State Building officially opened its doors May 1, 1931.
    Tip: Factual historical assertions can be invaluable in story placement and create a fixed time-table in the reader's mind. Such assertions can also promote a visible attachment to the reader propelling him deeper into a story.
    Consider a few historical assertions and see what it does in you:
    September 11, 2001 - Terrorist attacks.
    John F. Kennedy - November 22, 1963; presidential assasination in Dallas, Texas.
    April 19, 1995 - Oklahoma City bombing.
    In the writing of a story compose your timeline utilizing significant historical events to enhance a reader's attachment to it.
    *Apply at least one new strategy to your writing this month and see where it takes you.
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    Favorite writing tip of the month:
    Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
    -A. Chekhov



  • OF LENS AND LANDSCAPE

    OF LENS AND LANDSCAPE
    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    April is a transition month.
    Cold days are replaced by hesitant warmer ones and, slowly but surely, the landscape changes:
    -A snow white downy landscape gives way to an earth swept, barren carpet composed of brown soil and flamable dry grass.
    -Stark naked trees assert the possibility of early budding plumage.
    -Geese make their honking debut and begin to break from steady formation.
    -Expanding bellies and gestational completion dates intersect and the early signs of life fill the air.
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    A change of landscape has the ability to change our perception, sharpen our lens, and forge new thoughts. All of these valuable inducements unearth and expose new signs of life and provoke new writing possibilities within us.
    With the theme of transition in mind, I'm going to utilize the month of April as a simple acrostic and suggest the implementation of a few meaningful changes:
    - Author.
    Study an author you respect and immerse yourself in "their" landscape. Allow the lens of an experienced writer to sharpen your own and absorb yourself in the life of one of your writing "mentors."
    P - Placement.
    Place yourself deliberately in a new "writing" environment.
    If you're used to writing inside, settle yourself outside.
    If you're used to utilizing a laptop, insist on notebook and pen.
    If you're used to sitting still, consider some movement to spawn thought.
    Purposefully exchange your familiar writing landscape and habits with some unfamiliar elements and expect to see some new discoveries erupt from your pen.
    R - Read.
    Read something different; something you might never pick up on your own.
    Ask a friend or respected "reader" to give you a top-shelf, must-read book, and you'll be amazed at what you take from the experience.
    You'll find your mind dipping into a whole different color and kind of ink.
    Discoveries such as this have the ability to pave the way into a whole new writing avenue.
    I - Interview.
    Interview a fellow writer and learn what makes them tick.
    What habits have they developed?
    What books have they read?
    What conferences have they attended?
    What disciplines have assisted them on their writing journey?
    Ask strategic questions that lead "you" into a new landscape of your own and implement at least one new habit into your life.
    L - Listen.
    Pay attention to the noises in your landscape and describe them in concise, concrete terms. Sound has the ability to transmit an unbelievable creative surge.
    When you dip your quill in the ink, write about the first thing you hear and you'll be amazed where the sound of "listening" takes you.
    Listen to your landscape and transcribe it.
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    Familiarize yourself with change this month.
    Fill yourself with the meaningful wonder of a new and "waiting-to-be-discovered" fresh landscape.
    Open your eyes,
    Take a deep breath,
    Dip your quill in the ink,
    And write something ... different.

     

  • MARCH: EVERYTHING "WRITE" AND GOOD

    EVERYTHING "WRITE" AND GOOD

    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Some of you are out there making the most of your "March,"
    And others of you are barely moving at all.
    Since goals are essential for arriving at a healthy and determined place, we'll utilize the month of "March" as a helpful acrostic in making tangible progressive movement toward achieving them.
    1) M - Manage your time for the month by ascribing a specific day of the week as an assessment day. Since Monday is the first day of the working week, it has the power to set the tone for everything "write and good" in the rest of the week.
    For this reason, consider making Monday your goal setting, go-getting day.
    Set this day aside as an evaluation day comprised of a specific number of hours with which to both evaluate and begin your new writing assignments.
    Things you might evaluate:
    -How much writing did you do this past week and what are your goals for the upcoming week?
    -What or who got in the way of achieving your goals?
    -Which writing piece of yours do you view as most vibrant and stimulating?
    -What was your biggest writing struggle this past week and how might you send it packing in your next?
    Specific, concrete questions and answers enable you to manage time with greater effectiveness and work with sharpened awareness.
    Pick a day and objectively assess your writing productivity.
    2) A - Arch your back a moment.
    Literally, stand up, create fists with your hands and place them in the small of your lower back and bend as far as you're able. Do you feel the way your entire body works together to allow the arch?
    In the same way allow your mind to get familiar with some "over the top" publishing possibilities and writing opportunities.
    Dream, in realized ways, about authors you would like to meet, workshops you would like to attend, and a writing magazine you might enjoy subscribing to.
    Compose a list of the places that might bridge you with these peoples and opportunities and place it in a visible setting where you see it continually and allow your mind to wander to the "write" things.
    Arch, imagine, and canopy your mind over unlimited writing stimuli.
    3) R - Read.
    If ever you hear a more redundant theme from me it will land here.
    Reading moves us from where we are to where we desire to be.
    Reading fortifies the mind, clarifies the lens, and improves our ability to think, write, clarify, and freshly process goals, dreams, and aspirations.
    Explore the world through the words of others and expand and magnify your writing options exponentially in doing so.
     Utilize the "free" warehouse of libraries, book stores, and your friends' bookshelves and read, read, read.
    Consider the reading of "one book a week" as a positive and constructive goal which lends itself toward writing enhancement and situates your mind for growth and learning.
    4) - Concentrate your efforts.
    Shut off all forms of technology and concentrate your efforts and energy on pure writing pursuits. Distractions such as Facebook, email, snapchats, and texts are avoidable and unnecessary.
    Remove yourself from them in order to enter the "writer's zone."
    You will not find your place withour creating your space, as a writer.
    Discipline yourself and confine yourself to a writer's cell which mobilizes you for writing productivity.
    5) - Hatch an investment plan.
    Very few dreams materialize without some little financial cost involved.
    For this reason, hatch an investing plan which leads you into the realization of reaching your writing dream.
    -Open up a savings account and earmark it "writer venue account." Once a week make a small deposit and watch it grow and develop with your dreams.
    -Create a "visible bank" by setting a glass jar on your writing table. Put your loose change into it at the end of the every day with the object of investing it in one of your writing dreams.
     Hatch a dream and create a visible means to realizing it!
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    March to the beat of your own drummer by creating a "Marching" list of your own.
    Discover and uncover the more that's waiting to be explored within you, and ardently set out on some new writing exploits.
    Everything "Write and Good" begins with a single step;
    And from a step ... a fervent March.
    May you experience a positive and productive month of writing.


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