Thoughts on Journal Writing

Thoughts about journal writing The format of your journal is up to you. It can be like a captain’s log (” At 8:00am, I awakened to the sound of bluejays over the Sandish Hills.”); it can be a commonplace book- where all things that inspire you…

Introvert at a Birthday Party

It’s wonderful when people celebrate the day of your birth. However, being the center of attention can be a drain for many, including introverts. So here’s what you can do to endure with grace. Make your birthday a day of giving to someone else. It was…

Just Start Already? How?

You might have a goal. You might make plans. You might hear people tell you “just start already,” but if you have internal hangups,  you still might remain exactly where you are despite your plans. How do you get over whatever is preventing you from accomplishing…

John Grisham, Erma Bombeck on Writing ~ Writers to Inspire You #2

Here are a couple of writers to inspire you. John Grisham was recently in the New York Times with a brief list of suggestions for writing popular fiction. They are bits of advice that you may have read before, but reminders are good. Some of the…

The 3 Phases of Excitement (According to Barbara Sher)

We’ve discussed scanners before – people with varied interests. (You may also know them as hummingbirds, polymaths, multi-potentialites). When a scanner is interested or excited about something, she/he has unstoppable energy and enthusiasm and can’t wait for the idea to be realized. Barbara Sher, author of…

SARK has an Inspiration Phone Line!

Y’all! I know I’ve been talking about the author of Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper a lot lately – SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy)- but I just had to let you know. This author has what she calls an “Inspiration Line,” a phone number where you can…

What is Your Ideal Journal Writing Environment?

What is your ideal journal writing environment? Journaling has been such a personal endeavor for me since childhood that I never considered that others might do it any different way than I did. I didn’t think too much about how anyone else would do it. Since…

Blogging and Fitness [Links]

If you are a blogger, desk worker, or person who sits a lot, here are some links to tips on how to improve your health while at the desk or in the office. I have not yet found a blogger who specializes in fitness for bloggers.…

Your Words and Stories Are a Gift to the World (According to SARK)

I’m in the midst of reading SARK’s Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper. It’s one of those books about writing which causes you to pause and digest the meaning. Sometimes for days. One of the sentences which stands out to me is this one on page 49: All…

Bill Cunningham, Fashion Photographer | Introvert in the Spotlight #1

I discovered Bill Cunningham -fashion photographer for the New York Times-  about a year before his death in 2016. His documentary –Bill Cunningham: New York– is fascinating. He lived a single life and a singular life. Although I don’t recall anyone straight up saying in the…

How Seth Godin Writes A Daily Blog

Stumbled across this Hubspot interview of Seth Godin – a bestselling author known for books and lectures on marketing. He’s also known for a daily blog which he has written since 2002. It’s the latter that interests me the most. How does Godin find the time…

Here’s One Way to Savor a Moment

Use your five senses to help create vivid memories and savor your moments. Ask yourself the following: What do I smell? What do I see? What do I hear? What do I taste? What textures do I feel?   It has been my experience that slowing…

Casey Neistat and Orson Welles on a Creator’s Job

Casey Neistat addresses someone who states, “You’re a filmmaker; stop vlogging.” His answer is one that can be useful to any creator, whether filmmaker, writer, blogger, painter, etc. Our job as creators is to further define the medium. Our job is to create the new cliches,…

Your Many Ideas Have a Golden Thread

Hi, It’s Deborah. I’ve talked about my previous businesses before [See Content Revamp Article]. But I did not tell you this. One of my previous business ideas, one that predates this website- was that of online used bookseller. There are 5 elements to such an enterprise…

An Introvert on the Career Schmooze

Long ago, a mentor said to me, “Deborah, to gain the career you want, you must schmooze.”  I interpreted schmoozing as going to functions that you do not like, where there are powerful, or potentially powerful, people in your industry and ingratiate yourself to this group.…

David Bowie on an Artist’s Popularity

There is an illustrated interview series on Youtube called Blank on Blank. One of the interviews I’ve recently run across is of rock star David Bowie on the subject of popularity and your own artistry.  What he says might apply to writers/bloggers, as well. “An audience…

Wreck This Journal [A Review]

Dedicated to perfectionists all over the world, the Wreck This Journal challenges book lovers and journal writers not to hold every book as precious and un-fool-around-able (or, at least, not this book). Wreck This Journal is an art journal with prompts. With page-by-page instructions, such as…

An Archeologist’s Blog about Burying Books

Book lovers! Here’s an odd little blog to read – Burying Books. It’s all about stories of people who placed books in the ground and covered them up, sometimes retrieving them. Motives vary – neglect, artistic drama, hiding it, penance for allowing their writing to take…

Is Your Home a Museum of Grief?

Author Elizabeth Gilbert has a thought-provoking question which might help you and me de-clutter and grieve at the same time: Is your home a museum of grief? Do you hang on to mementos and journals that make you cringe every time you see them? Are you…

An Introvert Celebrates Texting

The texting culture– where people expect that you will send a text message via your cell phone instead of the usual phone call with your voice or video call- has been a big boon to introverts. Some introverts tend to feel rushed or drained by face-to-face…

Journal Prompts -After Listening to a Music Album

Have listened to a music album recently and wish to write about it in your journal? Here are a few prompts to get you started. Journal Prompts for Listening to a Music Album Name the album. Why did you choose it? Is it your first time…

What is Your Primary Gift to the World?

Author of The Introvert Entrepreneur, Beth Buelow, asked on Facebook the other day, What is your primary gift to the world? Of course, you do not need to be an introvert nor a businessperson to answer this question. The primary gift that yours truly brings into…

Journal Prompts for After a Concert

Do you need journal prompts after attending a concert? Here are a few prompts to get you started. Journal Prompts for After a Concert What concert did you attend? What is it about this artist that induces you to spend time at one of their concerts?…