By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Writing is a lot like hiking:
    You have to take deliberate steps if you desire to arrive somewhere substantial.
    Hard work. Discipline. Strategy. Forethought.
    Energy. Passion. Persistence.
    All of these traits are developmental requirements in reaching the summits we aspire too.
    Utilizing a "September" acrostic,
    Let's gear ourselves up for a hike to the "Summit."
    S - Strategy.
    Create a writing goal for the month of September. Put it in writing and don't put it off.
    Keep it "front and center" before you and remember that, until you have a goal, it's not possible to achieve a goal.
    Close your eyes and view the formation of the goal as your "Writing Summit."
    Now you're ready to ascend!
    E - Every Day.
    Every day rehearse your goal and take a defined and deliberate step toward the summit.
    A step upward is a victorious step forward. One step at a time, acknowledge the simple steps you're taking and the advancements you're making in your writing journey.
    This is energizing!
       P - Practice.
    Practice makes perfect and, persistence in it, is what sets excellence apart from mediocrity.
    Persist and acclimate yourself to new writing heights by "hiking" with fellow writers who have contributions to aid you with on your writing journey.
    Ask questions and make new discoveries through that big step called "humility" and put inot practice what "others" have learned before you.
    T- Time and E - Energy. 
    Time and Energy are precious commodities that you don't get back and which become your defining.
    Utilize them wisely.
    Make sure the steps you're taking qualify for reaching your own summit and not somebody elses.
    Refuse and resist the "copycat" mentality and be your own writer on your own journey.
    This is vital to originality, creativity, and a writer's self-respect.
    M - Methods and B - Books.
    Secure healthy methods as a means by which you ascend upward.
    Books are difficult to compete with and prove, I think, the most effective enablement and aid in fostering growth and progressive intent and movement upward one can find.
    Study an author who has ascended a similar "summit."
    If you're writing fiction ... study a top-notch fiction writer.
    If you're writing a biography ... study the best of biographers.
    Books can be returned to again and again ... and prove a wise and weighty return of investment.
    Make sure you're hiking with "progressive" summit climbers!
    E - Eliminate.
    Eliminate all that's a hindrance to the climb!
    Familiarize yourself with saying "no" to peoples and places that aren't a part of the summit you're aspiring to.
    Excellent and profitable writers, without exception, assert themselves privately and publicly by setting themselves alone and apart from others as needed in order to complete a Summit hike.
    Ask yourself "what" and "who" needs to be elimated from your life in order to complete the "climb" you were made for and then take action.
    Expect muscle strain on this one.
    R - Resolve
    Good writing takes firm resolve for which there are no substitutes.
    The resolve to continue to the Summit when you feel "writer's block" and "muscle ache," is crucial to writing development.
    Every step is not an easy step and backward steps will always be a part of the journey.
    Resolve to continue when the way seems exceptionally lonely, difficult, and frustrating.
    Resolve to continue when others discourage, dishearten, and disappoint you.
    Resolve to continue when your mind feels numb and dumb and your pen feels paralyzed.
    Resolve to complete a writer's journey to the "Summit" no matter what!
    "Don't stop when you're tired,
    Stop when you're done."
    A "Summit" view is an empowering view and those "chosen" writers who ascend and reach it, never forget it.
    Indeed, it merely fosters and fuels the energy for a Summit of a new name.
    Keep moving upward,
    Keep moving forward ....
     September's Summit is calling you and the "climb" is yours to make.
    Take one more step.


    By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

    Over time, my speedwalks have fortified me with unexpected little gifts and delights.
    Special trinkets and tokens line my shelves and writing desk reminding me, tangibly, of God's kindness, goodness, and faithfulness.
    He's worked His magic of orginality with me too many times to count,
    And employed within each little "gift" a timely, profound, and personal message.
    One such little trinket quite special to me is a child's airplane.
    The small 1 1/2 inch sturdy steel plane is painted white with red stripes on the wingtips.
    The plane is set for "lift-off" and speaks a message of movement to me.
    Words are a lot like airplanes;
    They have the power to lift, carry, and convey subject and thought.
    In order to effectively optimize August, we'll utilize airplane lingo for our lift-off and see where we arrive.
    An observant reader will note me making use of my signature "acrostic" ('August' this month,) beginning with "A" for Airplane.
    -Upsurges are urges of upward movement which propel the pen to a higher altitude.
    Pay attention to authors who prompt you to pick up a pen and dive into your plot at a higher altitude.
    Pay attention to individuals in your life who launch you into an "air" charged with articulating fuel and writer's energy.
    Work them deliberately into your day and foster "time" habits with them.
    -G-force is a form of acceleration that erupts into an experienced "felt" force in an opposite direction. The force of being pressed into a seat and the feeling of being "velcroed" into it is a common experience known to flight passengers.
    G-force is that writing force that "velcroes" us to a specific idea, word, or theme:
    -A simple line from a book suddenly surprises and acts as a G-force.
    -A stirring quote suddenly compels and produces a G-force.
    -An individual speaks and and suddenly prompts a writing G-force.
    Always, always, always keep a pen at your ready.
    G-force writing moments erupt with spontaneity and pass just as suddenly as they arrive.
    -Upward mobility in writing occurs with the habitual practice of solitude.
    Not everyone is comfortable with the necessary writing discipline of isolation, but familiarity with aloneness and planned times of solitude fortify and make strong the writing gift.
    Strategize and work solidifying practices of solitude into your writing life.
    Solo flight is a powerful flight necessary for writing development.
    Familiarize yourself with it.
    -Steady by jerks.
    Writing growth is a creative habit involving stops and starts, jerks and jarrings, and a host of intermittant distractions.
    Setbacks are a "part" of the writing process and should be viewed as such. Determine before the setback arrives how you will conquer and get beyond it.
    Subject your mind to the most simple of habits:
    Write and record thoughts daily, (even if it's the writing of a strong inspirational quote not your own) and steadily ascend into writing productivity.
    Allow the empowerment of the smallest of goals to fuel your mind's engine and keep you on task.
    Steady by jerks.
    Feel that intense enveloped moment when excellent writing stares back up at you, when your pen is laid down, the plane comes in for a landing, and a work of completion meets you.
    Mmmm ...
    It's so exhilarating and intoxicating;
    Ain't nothin' like it in the world!
    Good job fellow writer.
    Celebrate your touchdown,
    Keep your mind in liftoff mode,
    And your pen will follow.
    "Goals in writing are dreams with deadlines."
    -Brian Tracy



    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.
    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 ...



    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.
    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.
    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.



    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.
    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.
    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.
    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

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