images_012The other day, I sat at my desk and looked at all the piles, folders, papers papers and decided to make this mess smaller. No, I do not hoard. In fact, I hate clutter and here is all this STUFF covering my desk. Most is junk and I started out with that first. I got caught up in the momentum and the shredder smoked. After the important STUFF appeared, the slow down began.
I’m sure each of you have your own important papers that you file until you get bombarded with life and happenings. This makes for a day of filing instead of just filing. You begin to reread the papers. Oops, maybe this should not be discarded or shredded. And that pile of filing turns into two piles: O.K. to toss and better hang on to this. The piles got smaller and just right to put aside and wait until my head cleared. I’ve gotten paranoid about tossing without considering the taxes and possible deductions.
After years and years of working, you’d think this would be a breeze and no piles should appear on my desk. Nope. The working years gave me a sense of purpose and duty. Now, no one is looking over my shoulder or gives a thought to what is going on, and I slack off. Except, my piles are not mixed, rather everything is in its correct pile, but the piles get bigger and bigger. Ever had this problem?
No more. Today is the day to get back on track and the old saying “A place for everything, and everything in its place.” I can’t handle mess and confusion, so my file drawers get a make over and labeled again. As I sort and replace, there are things I can even shred from here and hesitate. “Either toss, keep or shut up,” I tell myself. My two biggest files are writing and exercise. These are straight. Why? Because these are the dream of my retirement and I keep them close at hand.
Anyway, it was hectic day and well worth the effort. STUFF makes for discontentment of life. STUFF can be anything that clouds your thoughts, fills your file drawers, clogs your brain, or possesses your time. Look, read, important, and then toss or file. Sure makes energy sprout up and stuff disappear.
Now it is time to get on to the next chapter with a clear head.
Happy Writing. Happy Space.  Happy You.



unicorn danceYou have gone through a process of allowing yourself to use writing as a healing tool, now you can put creativity to what you learned. Go back to your journal and revisit each section.

Section One: Free Writing. What did you learn about yourself, your life, traumas, inhibitions, and the exhilaration you experienced?

Section Two: Invisible Partner. This is where you shared your secrets, longings, disappointments, and loves. Pay close attention.

Section Three: Labels. Read over each label you gave your feelings and see how they match each section in your 3-ring notebook. With your labels identified, it is time to work with your characters.

Take a good look around your home. Is there a lot of clutter? Would you work better if the ‘stuff’ was gone? How does your protagonist, antagonist, or secondary characters react to their clutter? In your story, characters bring their baggage to the pages and you need to show how they lighten their load(s). There may be one trauma left that keeps the reader hanging on until the last chapter, the last sentence, and on the last page.

What about all your secrets and loves? No, you do not list them, rather pass them on to your characters. When you rethink this section, prod yourself to go back and be an observer. Does any music or favorite song come to mind? Forget the era and remember the music. Let your character(s) feel the same beat, the slow dance, the rhythm, and the sensuous movement of bodies together.

Looking back over your notebook, is there a time when a desire you needed went the other way or the decision you made floundered? Okay, you have some insecurities and you can give these to your characters. Let them make your mistakes over and over and over. Show their anguish and how they turned away from new choices and kept repeating the same ones. Then, you show the characters pulling themselves upward, out of their messes, and your reader will relate to the incidents.

With all you have learned about yourself, you are able to create new thoughts, ideas, stimulate the brain and crawl out of the ruts. You have emotional freedom and can play with your characters.




When you get up with an idea, it doesn’t matter what time of year or season. What does matter is ‘what you do with the idea.’

This new thought bounces, jumps and dances. You pour your first cup of coffee and start in on some normal household chores to let the new thoughts simmer. Then you sit down at your computer. Maybe you have a notebook where you write new thoughts before hitting the keyboard. Where did your ideas go? Where is the Muse hiding your thoughts?

Why should your Muse stay with you all night long, and then have to wait? You need to channel the flow of your thoughts. Your brain is primed to expound on all points, until you do your normal activities. Then, this person in your head (your brain) says ‘not important,’ and shuts the information down.

Don’t panic. Go write at a coffee shop you have never tried. Take a walk. Just do something different. Listen to all the sounds around you. Breathe in unique aromas. Don’t push. Let your creative juices flow in all directions.

When you least expect anything to happen, your mind opens and the vision of your dream appears. Your pen covers sheets of paper or your fingers fly over the keyboard and page after page appear. Your brain did not forget. You cluttered your mind all by yourself.

Remember to play with your imagination. You will have more ideas, words and a new story. Let go of hard thinking and enjoy the new creativity. Your Muse will stick beside you, when you listen to her say — Creativity is not work. Creativity is fun. Come play with me.

Give your Muse a  big hug.