Writing Tip #2: Be careful with adverbs. Too many will look amateur. Find an alternative or delete it all together.
New post theme! Every Monday for 100 weeks, I will post a tip on writing that I’ve learned either from personal experience or an outside source. So, here we go!
Writing Tip 1: Anything can inspire a story. You need only look around you and open your mind.
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Have you ever been doing something, some activity or hobby, that makes everything in the background practically fade out of existence for a while and your mind to forget anything and everything except what you are doing right now in that moment? And you didn’t notice it was happening until you paused and suddenly life leaped out at you?
You can probably name one particular activity that puts you in that state of ecstasy. I have a few.
The biggest one is (surprise!) writing. But not just any writing. It’s when I’m creatively writing; fiction, short stories, poetry, skits and dramas. My head gets filled with imagination and I love, love, love how my current troubles melt away for a time.
Another activity for me is crafting. The moments when I was at my desk making handmade Christmas gifts for my family or decorating journals was some of the most peaceful moments I’ve ever had.
When I’m hiking and exploring and climbing, I am so swept up in the adventure the rest of the earth pauses and only resumes when I come back to normal life. Not to mention the physical activity feels amazing!
Reading. Oh, thank you, Lord, for books! And I imagine it’s a common thing that helps people forget the world, but I’m among them.
Getting away from the world now and then is healthy, and you don’t have to go somewhere or hide away in a remote place to do it. It can happen right where you are. Recognize those hobbies and activities that make you feel free and escape through them. When you’re beginning to feel the tremors of hardship, stop and go bake cookies, or dance, or play the piano, or take a walk, or research an interest, or take photos, or make origami animals, or string jewelry, or shoot some hoops, or read to children, or whatever makes the background fade away, the troubles melt, and your mind hone in.
- I watch my favorite movie, Whisper of the Heart. Actually, any of Miyazaki’s films are good for inspiration, but this particular title somehow always makes the gears turn again. Perhaps that’s why it’s my favorite movie.
- I hang out with friends. If I can, I try to get together with encouraging pals who make me feel great. Whether it’s the social stimulus or the ideas that come my way, something about being in good company triggers my brain cells.
- I dance. This usually happens when I need a quick physical fix, mostly because I’d been sitting all day. Taking a walk is great too for refueling my inspiration.
- I read my Bible. I believe I’m re-inspired by this not just because it’s God’s Word, but because the revival I get every time I read it also rejuvenates my inspiration.
- I make lists. Even if I don’t have something necessary to list, I just make a random one, listing anything that comes to mind. Usually they pertain to me and my dreams. And of course I keep them; it’s re-inspiring to re-read them too.
What interesting quirks do you do to re-inspire yourself?
There are certain people that I feel an extra amount of sympathy for because of their specific position, and my heart always yearns to do something that can make their day better. Here’s 5 things that can done unto those that will certainly appreciate the smallest gestures:
- Prepare a little snack, a bottle of water, or even an envelope with money with a handwritten note to give to those on the streets when you pass them. Tell them something they want to read on the note, and let them know they’re being thought of before you even cross their path. Preparing a little something in advance will make the giving all the more wonderful for both of you.
- Give back to the cashiers in retail with a coupon or monetary token to say thanks for their hard work. Cashiers can go through a lot of crap in one day that can turn that day upside down fast. Let them know that what they’re doing is worthwhile and you’re thankful for it. Include a little thank you note with the gift.
- Leave a bouquet of flowers (or a different item that’s more fitting) at your neighbor’s door. Leave a little note for fun (and so they can know who it is and not freak out). Do it on occasion, such as once a month or so.
- Make a habit of baking cookies or bread or bringing a special snack to your church or workplace on a schedule. I love making oatmeal scotchies for the media team at my church. Everyone goes crazy for them 😀
- Show teachers how much they’re appreciated! Whether it’s your own or your child’s, do something regularly to make them feel loved. A simple note and token can turn a day around. If you don’t have a teacher, in any way, bring a collective gift to pass out to your local school or college.
Be that someone who people know can put smiles on their faces through your actions and gestures. Not only will you be making their days, but the amount of joy it will bring can make your own day too ^_^
“When you ask God for favor, He answers with opportunity.” -Nathanial Smith
I found this post incredibly enlightening, encouraging, and powerful. Be inspired and stirred up by this 3 minute video, and then go on and read this inspiring post about dreaming again by Nathanial Smith.