By: Darrelyn L. TuttSandwiched beautifully into the seasons is the most delicious "middle" we call October:It's flavored with chilly mornings and cool evenings,Snuggly sweaters and fireside sittings.Finger mitts and warmth of hat,Falling leaves and ... all of that.I love this crisp October.Mmm ...-----This month's writing acrostic is composed of delicious "middle."Eat it, taste it, and let it be sweet and good in you.Splurge and do a "double" in the middle.O - Order a new book or ... maybe two.Invite a new author into your life and accept an invitation to grow.C - Connect with an individual deemed deliciously appealing and inspiring. Make a lunch date with them and be treated to some stirring thought and insight.T - Travel to a place you've never been. If city limits is what you can afford, then stay within them ... but for heaven's sake, venture out, dear writer.Familiarize yourself with the "unfamiliar" and create a new writing environment for yourself by traveling somewhere new.O - Observe an author or individual who makes continual excellent headway into writing arenas and emulate an active habit of theirs. Take a step in the "shoes of the successful" and better yourself in a specific writing practice.B - Bust out of the bag you find yourself in and situate yourself into some new flavors. Find lodging in the midst of new landscape, new voices, different thought, and opposing ideas.Nabisco encourages new flavors and new fillings in an attempt to work people toward their delicious "Oreo." Be willing to do the same in your writing and give your readers something new to bite into.E - Employ a new strategy in writing.Entertain ideas outside the "norm" and educate your mind on something new and decidedly different:-Read a Novel instead of a Biography.-Read a Children's book instead of a Thriller.-Study a Composer instead of an Author.-Write about a Reader instead of a Writer.Hmmm ... Does this not sound a wee bit delicious and intriguing?R - Refresh yourself in a little hide-away tucked into an "out-of-the-way."Get off by yourself and tuck a provoking read and bag of Oreos into an overnight bag and splurge on a writer's "right" to get away.Read yourself into a sweet stupor of rest and relax in an October haven.Enjoy the "middle" of this beautiful season,And taste October.-----
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