The Power of Making Lists

  Lighten.....the burden Mind clutter is something I try hard to avoid. It's like an illness which just won't go. Headaches occur, sleep refuses to come, neurosis sets in. The solution? List making. With my google calendar open, I add things to do at the top of each day. The very act of transferring a … Continue reading The Power of Making Lists

A Change is as Good as a Rest

Fruitful ways Things have gone a bit quiet here on this blog over the last month or so, just when I'd got my mojo going and content was flying out pretty regularly. I'd written posts on making time, and how small bits (aka activities) make big bits over time with perseverance. But since the 'day job' revved … Continue reading A Change is as Good as a Rest

‘Procrastination is the Thief of Time’ Time: Part Three

A problem that needed fixing Yesterday I planned to finish off my accounts - yes it's that time of year again! I was ready to continue my fourth novella in progress, but there it was, staring me in the face on my google calendar, making me feel guilty: 'Update accounts'. I was most definitely not … Continue reading ‘Procrastination is the Thief of Time’ Time: Part Three

‘Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes’

  Understanding and empathetic Writing my novella series about a fictional high-end shoe shop, which has drawn a number of clients with colourful pasts, I'm reminded of the phrase 'Walk a Mile in Someone Else's Shoes.' It tells us that before we leap in and judge others we must learn to be understanding and empathetic … Continue reading ‘Walk a Mile in Someone Else’s Shoes’

‘Time is of the Essence’ Time: Part One

Timelines The phrase 'Time is of the Essence' normally implies that it's necessary to get something done quickly, but for me it has another meaning too: the handling of time in a story line. it's so easy to take this for granted when reading books by other authors, but it really is an important consideration … Continue reading ‘Time is of the Essence’ Time: Part One

‘Riding the Bus’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part Two

Another question In my previous post on this subject, I spoke about the need to identify problems in our writing which, with or without external factors, might well be the cause of writer's block. I focused on asking the question 'Why is this?' and 'What exactly is the problem?' Once these questions have been answered … Continue reading ‘Riding the Bus’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part Two

‘A Proactive Approach’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part One

Creativity is a precious thing I'm often coming across blog posts about the dreaded writer's block theses days. While it's reassuring to know that as a writer I'm not alone in suffering from this malady from time to time, I also feel saddened to read that many writers suffer from it. Creativity is a precious … Continue reading ‘A Proactive Approach’ Unblocking Writer’s Block, Part One

Milton and Meta Models

A way to communicate and work effectively Some years ago I attended courses on Neuro-Linguistics Programming (NLP) and qualified as a practitioner. Since then I've used the skills in both my teaching and writing. While on those courses I learned about Milton and Meta models as a means to communicate and work effectively. Powerful outcomes … Continue reading Milton and Meta Models