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...
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Q is for Writing Quotes

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong
One of my most recent addictions is Pinterests. I love browsing quotes and there are so many! Inspirational and motivational quotes for the days when I feel I need a boost to get into the writing zone. Funny quotes for the times when I need that laugh to keep me going through the next writing hurdle. And the advice infographics that help me when I feel a little stuck. There’s everything there, and...
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Darla’s Writer Wednesday

It’s rare that my scheduled blog posts line up on consecutive days. Since this is one of those cases, I would like to further address creative goals for this Writer Wednesday. Many people who know me are probably aware that I do not consider myself good at setting goals.And I have a tendency to edit while I’m writing a first draft. Though the dual process may work for some authors, it’s really not...
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Just Do the Next Right Thing

I have shamelessly borrowed today’s blog post idea from Corinne Rodrigues. She quoted my blog’s title from a book by Matthew Kelly while I, interestingly, first heard the advice from Julia Cameron.Just do the next right thing. Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? And therein lies the beauty.We can easily bog ourselves down with overly ambitious goals. They often pile on the emotional weight until the wh...
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Alan Watt’s “The 90 Day Novel”

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I've been fortunate to have a warm, safe place to share both my writing successes and frustrations in The Writer Zen Garden forum. And now my friends there have welcomed me to host a workshop based on Alan Watt's "The 90 Day Novel".A local writer introduced me to the idea. I resisted at first, not wanting anyone telling me what and when to write. That's how I initially saw this process despite her...
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E Is For… Event – Camp NaNo

Besides posting some A to Z entries here and the entire alphabet for my Darla M. Sands blog, I am also endeavoring to meet another writing challenge. The Office of Letters and Light, hosts of November’s National Novel Writing Month, provide still more opportunities for writer’s to test themselves. Camp NaNo happens in both April and July, I believe (can’t stop to research details now!).The rules ...
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Shaking Things Up – Darla’s Writer Wednesday

Tired of feeling like a lump, I recently discovered the joys of working out. I’m learning as a novice that increased fitness relies on alternating exercises. No surprise there.  No doubt circuit training has its place, too – set routines using the same equipment for X number of workouts. Switching seems to suit me well right now, though, especially as it keeps things more interesting.Of cour...
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Writing Tools and Tricks for Getting on the Page

Wisdom abounds about writing goals – so many words written a day, keeping certain routines, having accountability.  Many kindly authors will share their valuable tips when asked.  Yet each individual is different.  To this day none of these ideas have worked for me.Once the glorious bustle of November’s National Novel Writing Month ends, so does my grand output.  Good habits ...
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Darla’s Writer Wednesday – Dabbling with Drabbles

Many years ago I discovered a website through which people shared their stories.  I met some really great people and read some remarkable fiction.  Another unexpected discovery turned out to be learning a miniature story format termed the drabble.Each drabble should be a mere one hundred words and sketch a complete scene.  Some readers and writers despise them.  I became addic...
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Darla’s NaNoWriMo Update

Now that National Novel Writing Month has begun, I’m really finding my stride.No, I’m not a horse.  ~rolls eyes~  But I am writing.  My word count is in a range I haven’t produced since last November.  Quite frankly, NaNo inspires me.And inspiration is what I’d like to spread today.  I read a terrific pep talk on the NaNoWriMo website.  Author Chuck Wendig shared ide...
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