By: Darrelyn L. TuttNaked trees trailed by a drizzle of snowflakes;the feel of November creeps in.She breathes into cracks around the doorways and leaves ringed circled halos on glass panes. She encourages the finger art of toddlers and allows frosty words to be left on vacant vehicles. Scarves, hats, and mittens are prescribed and winter coats are no longer in question.A shift in weather and landscape tone, and the air grows cold around us.The seasons change ...November's nuance.This month's acrostic seeks to provoke mental stimuli through practical means and move the mind and pen progressively forward.Let's indulge ourselves in activity and move into November.-------N - NOSTALGIA Sentimental longings and wistful affections enlisted and evoked by feelings or ideas of the past.Nostalgia ought to be enjoyed and employed in practical form.Read an old classic and invite the art of pure language to challenge you:-THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN by Mark Twain.-THE SCARLET LETTER by Nathaniel Hawthorne.-GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell.-THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA by Ernest Hemingway.-THE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London.------O - ORCHESTRA ATTENDANCEAttend an orchestra or listen to a symphony on CD.Music by Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, or Hadyn has the power to work wonders in a creative mind.Find a composer or musician that "works" for you and employ your mind with the magic of music. Keep a pen and paper handy and consider what style of music provokes your writing best.------V - VARIATION Variation in author produces variation in thought.Consider studying an issue or individual through the writings of two opposing voices. Open up your mind and be willing to learn a different viewpoint. Subject yourself to unfamiliar strains of thought and it will contribute to better writing.------EM - EMPOWER the MINDConsider what's been most productive and meaningful in empowering your mind and provoking your pen to write ... and then ADD something new. For instance, if you have a tendency to frequent libraries and bury yourself in books, maybe it's time to do a live interview with an individual who has knowledge on your subject of interest.Empower your mind with a new mental boost.If you have a tendency to stick with new contemporary authors, consider investing in older and more seasoned minds.Resist the urge to stay in mental comfort zones and invite new and empowering resources to assist you.------B - BETTER YOURSELFTake stock of where you'd like to be one year from now and begin movement in "that' writing direction.Be adamant about inviting new books, peoples, and subjects into your life and better yourself in all arenas of life in order to become a more effective writer.Seek to improve yourself daily and critique the heck out of yourself where you're slow or sloppy!------E - EXERCISEFresh air and physical exercise are necessary components in providing stimuli and stamina to the brain.Resist the urge to remain indoors stationed at a desk or seated behind a computer and utilize the free resources of nature and fresh air.Move. Move. Move.An active mind creates active thoughts and many writers find that a productive pen is stimulated through something so simple as a walk outdoors.Nature has a way of imposing surprising and mysterious thoughts.------R - REFLECTTake a look back and take a look forward.November signals a close proximity to the end of another year.Reflect on some of the experiences you've had this past year which have contributed to the development of your writing and then consider how you want the upcoming year to look.Begin to prepare yourself NOW for a season of new writing growth by investing in an early goal before January arrives.When requests are made for Christmas "gift" ideas, suggest specific resources that would assist your upcoming writing goals.You'll be blessed and furthered in your writing venture by the gift of a writing enhancing resource and the "giver" will be blessed by knowing they've contributed to a dream or goal of yours.-------November ushers in the bustle of the holidays. Employ your mind to the greatest degree with forethought and action before the business and craziness sets in.Make your time productive and make the moments matter.Put it in writing ...and begin with words of Thanksgiving.------
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