By: Darrelyn L. TuttWriting 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.Ouch!Expect muscle strain on this one.-----R - ResolveGood 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."-Unknown.-----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. TuttAn 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 ...
MAY'S STRATEGYBy: Darrelyn L. TuttEvery 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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