Happy New Year! What’s new in the Garden?

Happy New Year, Gardeners!  It's a great time to be in the Writer Zen Garden. Inside this blog: Prompt Circles are back - next one is Jan 21st from 2-4 at Open Books Walking In This World online workshop, Jan 22nd through April 22nd F.E.A.R.S. Workshop - Finish, Edit, Analyze, Research and Submit, Feb 5th to Mar 4th Dialog - Who Says What To Whom, March 12th to March 25th A to Z Blog Chal...

Writer Wednesday – The Dangers of the Echo Chamber and Why Handwriting Is Important

Writer Wednesday – The Dangers of the Echo Chamber and Why Handwriting Is Important
We are surrounded more and more by media - social media, augmented reality games, television commercials at gas stations; the list goes on.  I'm the first to admit that the internet can bring people together - I am, after all, writing this on  blog I started with some friends, all of whom are geographically scattered. But I have noticed the echo chamber can have an unhealthy effect.  Psycho...

Darla’s Writer Wednesday – Inspiration

Dear friend and gifted writer Nicole Gordon once gifted me an inspirational book. It’s called “Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing” and offers all sorts of open-ended writing experiments, encouragement from writers and poets, and enough blank pages to let your words roam. That’s taken from the cover, by the way, and fittingly descriptive. Karen Benke and company clearly wish to instill...
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The Writer Zen Garden – Tools From A to Zen: Reflections on the A-Z Challenge

The Writer Zen Garden – Tools From A to Zen: Reflections on the A-Z Challenge
Wow.  It's hard to believe it's already well into the second week of May already.  It feels like it should still be April.  Or, if I'm being honest, January. Of 2010. But I digress. We all know that time seems to whizz by.  No sooner do we put away the holiday decorations and it's time to take them out again.  So, too, for writing groups.  I've noticed small groups tend to wax and wan...

Zen

Zen
End mind, beginner's mind?  We're at the end of our challenge for this month, the April A to Z Blog Challenge.  Six of the WZG crew participated this month, and we've brought you all sorts of content from, well, A to Zen.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. Why Zen?  Why Writer Zen Garden? One of the central ideas of Zen Buddhism is to be in the now.  By being fully in t...

Y is for Yoga

Some of the benefits of Yoga are: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved respiration, energy and vitality. Maintaining balance. Weight reduction. Cardio and circulatory health. Improved athletic performance. Protection from injury While I love Yoga...I really do, in this instance I'm using it as a metaphor for writing. Now how can you apply these w...

An Alternative to Xanax

Writing can serve as a path to the self.  In troubled or stressful times, we need this more than anything, but our society's advice is to avoid the problem - take a pill, a powder, and do anything but face it head on.  As news of Prince's death trickles out, and his possible addiction to prescription medication, it's become even more apparent to me that we are a nation addicted to drugs - lega...

W is for Why Do I Prep?

I grew up in Florida. On the coastline. Not sure If I really need to say more. I loved storms, watching the clouds roll over the waves and the lighting dance and crack in the sky. But then, I was a kid. I also remember my parents being a lot more worried about tropical storms. Especially ones that grew into Hurricanes and got to be named. Now I grew up in the years before we had males names...

V is for Viking Swords & Fantasy World-Building

Have you ever envisioned a certain weapon for your character that was so specific that nothing compared to it in reality? I faced that problem in my WIP, and it’s kind of like going on a shopping spree with an exact image of the perfect outfit…. I set myself up to fail. I had in mind an image of a large sword encrusted with gold and jewels. It needed to be light enough for my heroine to wield ...