Found a few places for you to apply your writing today, both at Today.
Visit A Poets View where Joanne Olivieri is looking for submissions to her poetry and writing ezine called Ya’Sou! Ezine! that has been in publication since 2000. Currently it is an ezine exclusively. Not a writer or poet? She will consider art blogs as well.
If Joanne wasn’t busy enough with that she has a fun writing contest going on over at My City By The Bay …her everything San Francisco blog. Apply your skills at writing from a photo prompt and win a cool prize.
Trust me, if you’re a writely applied writer than you are busy and those are the only places you need to be in the coming days to apply yourself.
Yes, I’ve been busy with life. I’ve watched my oldest start middle school, my youngest enter preschool…and my middle child will finish off her last year of preschool before Kindergarten. I’ve re-entered the workforce of sorts but only because it is rewarding and keeps me in tune with the creative community I love. Many of you are part of this community, the bloggers, writers and inspired creativity seekers.
What we seek may be different than what we will find. If you are on the same page as me then you realize that that is just life. And so life happens everyday. It is in our way, it is a part of us…it is what we maneuver around to get where we are going.
Where are you going with your writing? Is life an obsticle, a motivator, the inspiration that fills the page?
Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring.
So when your imagination isn’t conjured up by tooth brushing, what do you do to get the creative juices flowing?
I hate it when a creative idea is tickling my brain. You know the one…at first you think you are nailing down the right word or phrase, a title perhaps…and in the next moment you’ve seen you’re work flash before you start to finish and wish you could write fast enough to complete a novel in 45 seconds instead of 45 days or months, before you lose one grain of throught.
It can seem very overwhelming and I have years of crimes to solve and children’s adventures to recount. Am I afraid of waking the lion?
“I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.”
Peter Nivio Zarlenga
American Businessman, Founder of Blockbuster Videos
Do you think we can claim that? Can we be imagination? Do you think you see what others cannot see and hear what others cannot hear?
Being that person of imagination is nothing if we then do not create and share. While we are feeling what other hearts have not felt, can we make their heart feel as ours? Do you recognize this as a creative call?
So often I have found myself in one of those creative positions…the place without a pen and paper. I’m usually doing one of the following…resting, brushing my teeth, taking a shower or driving. Now sure they make all kinds of gadgets to help with this problem. It doesn’t matter; I may already own them all. But I still find that when I’m creative, I’m the most unprepared and have to get out of bed or consciously repeat my thought with a mouth full of toothpaste until I write it down or it is gone.
We are aware of our responsibility to create. We do hear a calling and we know it is not for ourselves alone.
Is there a call? When are you most creative? Do you always have a pen and paper…or a toothbrush?
So I had to come back from vacation. I’m thrilled to be back and like I said before I left, I didn’t over pack and I’m glad I didn’t since I only got through a few chapters of my creative book.
I did very little recreational writing…that is what freelancers do instead of drugs, I mean when they are not writing for other people. The words were fluid but constantly interrupted by having to get up and catch a two year-old before she wandered off from the watchful eye of the older eleven year-old.
Would I consider it a creative vacation? Did I keep up my end of the bargain? You bet. I figure out of the two or three chapters I read and the two or three pages I actually wrote that I did more than I had accomplished in the past. It is something to celebrate about if I think about it. I actually wrote for myself, not a blog, not a keyword rich article, but for myself. Okay I did jot down some notes for you and Writely Applied. We are in this together.