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The Simplest Things of Life

Life is sweet, life is fun

Life is full of great new dreams

Life is fresh, life is good

Life’s not tampering with my mood

 

I can see, I can breath,

I can live life to the full.

 

I can talk, I can walk

I can swing my arms around.

 

I can dance, I can jump

I can play the games I like.

 

I can pray – everyday!

I can sing on many notes.
‘Tis a great thing to be blessed

With the simplest things of life

These are rarely boasted about

But are vital things to enjoy.

So the next time you are low

Fight that feeling with these thoughts

And be thankful for the simple things of life.

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Why do you write: for self or for publicity?

“Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.” 

Cyril Connolly (1903 – 1974)

This is a quote I heard at the tail end of an episode on Criminal Minds – it was a fitting epilogue of what had just taken place, given that the criminal in question had been leaving strange writings on the bodies of his victims.

That line set me thinking, why do writers write? What is the real motivation behind the endless hours of typing and researching and compiling and editing? Perhaps it is to satisfy the ego or a deep inner need in our lives. Or perhaps it is for others to know that we can write, or for them to read our books, magazines and articles for pure entertainment or for knowledge sake.

The quote above gave me food for thought though. What would be more important to you when you write, your self or the public?

Let me know what you think…

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Have a great weekend!

Thinking Writer II

Writing and thinking go hand-in-hand; one does not come before the other. On the contrary, they are like partners and each serves the other. Writing is an exercise that enables you to find out what you are thinking, and at the same time, your thinking plays the role of shaping your writing and defining its content. William Zinsser, an American writer, editor and teacher, puts it simply: “Writing is thinking on paper.” I couldn’t agree more!

Remember in school how it was so important to write notes in class, even though sometimes it felt easier to just sit and listen without writing? It’s because writing serves as reserve storage for what you have imbibed into your memory in the course of learning. The process of writing ensures that important points stick onto your memory and not only that, they become clearer. Noting down things on a piece of paper or notebook has always been known to aid memory.

Think of writing as a complimentary resource to your brain that facilitates deeper thought and helps clarify what is already brewing in the subconscious.

My writing mentor teaches that writing is basically a journey that has to begin somewhere but can end anywhere. This happens often when searching for some material to write about; you begin with one thought then as you continue writing, different ideas linked to the one you started with begin to pop up and look more promising. For instance, if I look outside my window now I see a large avocado tree with big leaves. I may begin to describe the tree physically but when I get to describing its fruit I realize there is more to write about the avocado itself. In the process of describing the avocado, I remember its health and nutritional values and finally that becomes my topic. In this exercise my thinking and writing are aiding one another and contributing to the finished product, an essay on the benefits of eating avocado.