Switch On To Positive

Two friends“Wow! I thought she’d forgotten about us ,” Ethel said .

“No  way. She knows not to be gone for long ’cause we’d make a scene, and it would not be scenic.”

“But here she is with something we need to think about:  a negative scene or a positive scene, and let’s hear her out before we make any scenes of our own.”

Yes, before you get out of bed in the mornings, make certain your body switch is on the positive. You need this close by your bedside table or wear the switch around your wrist. Better yet, set it the night before inside your mind. This is crazy. No it is not, and we need to take a look at the possibilities of hitting the day in a positive mode.

Lately, a lot of people (of all ages) have been commenting about the time change on November 2, 2014. “Hey, we get to have another hour of sleep.” Or, “how can I make up an hour of sleep from six months ago.?”  Just forget it. I look at the clock and if it tells me the time, I go with this. Of course, some people still complain that the time is okay, but their bodies do not agree.

It does not matter what time zone you are in or the spring forward and fall back bit, you can get up in a positive mood with the switch of your thoughts.

Have you ever awakened and thought, “This is going to be a crappy day?” and then it turns out to be a crappy day. What if there is a switch you can adjust in your sleep and wake up to a positive attitude and a positive, productive day? Yeah, just say it and it’s almost there.

We are in tune with the world and the events of the day, BUT, we are writers and we can make any day we want to sing with the sunshine. So get used to the mind switch from negative to positive and try it every day in your writing world. Oh, yeah, we still need conflict to keep out story moving forward and drawing our readers inside the covers.

Sure, you do. It is an important part of your writing life. And note, I said writing life. You can create any area for your protagonist or the antagonist, and that is your job. But, if you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, the negative side, you will taint your story with all the wrong feelings. And then there is the possibility you wake up in the best of moods, and your characters become happy-go-lucky, when they should be cautious and suspicious.

So, what should we do as writers? Wake up, be quiet, and feel the day unfold. Do you have a window in your bedroom? Look out through the blinds. Is the sun starting to rise? Or are you too early? Does the taste of anxiety fill your throat? Or does the feel of anticipation of new chances fill your mind? You can control how you look at the new day. You cannot control how it will turn out.  You need to switch to the positive side.

If you go back to the sun rising, you turn yourself over and forget about a new day, you are turning the positive switch off.  You will never get your work done. I’d suggest you let the sunlight into your early morning life, or at least the light clouds, and continue your day with positive thoughts, positive words, and get those fingers to the keyboard. It is the early morning vibrations that propel you and your thoughts forward. Do not let the negative switch have an opportunity to ruin your day.

Remember, only you can move the switches between positive and negative. Think positive . . .and reap the benefits for yourself, your family, and your readers.

May your positive switch hold all of life for you and your writing.

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, taste the experiences to the utmost, reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

Be positive. Be happy. Write with conviction. Write with gratitude to being positive.

“See there, Ethel, she was just on a mind journey to give us something else to think about.”

“Yep, you are right, Edna. She needs to do this more often.”

“Keep positive, Ethel.”

 

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MOIST MONDAY

BlogYes, I am another day behind schedule. We’ve had rather moist days, which included Monday and the rest of the week. I wanted to get online and talk about how weather can hit our writing, but needed to stay off the keyboard.

Many thoughts ran through my head: could I write upside down and would my computer work in the wind and rain? Local news and CNN kept me informed and I shut down. Sleep? If you can sleep with both ears open for odd sounds, one eye, which did not close, hearing the wind howl, branches of trees screeching, and flashlights from heaven, in the form of lightning bolts, bringing daylight into your whole room, my hat is off to you.

This brought me to relate weather with writing. We all need some calm downtime to gather our thoughts, remove our worries, and make these distortions the smaller size instead of escalating. Storms are scary, even frightening, yet have you ever noticed your writing sizzle during these times. It’s like, get that hesitation, that fear, that feeling of isolation into your character. If your setting is in a bleak area and a storm is on the horizon, you have the experience of your storm to give to your character’s storm. You give yourself to the situation and do not hesitate. You now know what the wind sounds like and how it feels to see lightning streak across the room.

Storms can create havoc in your writing. You get to SHOW your hesitancy and can apply this to a character. Your anxieties do not hide, and you transfer these to your characters. You notice your breathing becoming short and heavy. Your hearing sharpens for any unfamiliar noise. Is it a panic attack or just plain nerves? I’d go for the nerve bit. However, if your character needs an attack of sorts, go for it. Weather can make us do strange things, and let your character do the same.

Clouds are once again gathering and the tree limbs nodding a little faster. So, a short MOIST MONDAY is in progress.

Chaotic Writing. Fantastic Writing. Safe Writing.

p.s. May all the victims of the recent and still to come storms be remembered