Finding Your Readers Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips, by Suddenly Jamie

Finding Your Readers Plus Good Reads and Writing Tips, by Suddenly Jamie

Good Reads and Writing Tips

This article about what writing really means, deep down, to writers, is eloquently written and no one could say these things better.

I am enlightened after reading some of these insights about why authors do what they do and what keeps us going, and even more importantly, what do we want to communicate through words.

I will put this post somewhere that I can reach out to when I am getting frustrated or questioning the author’s path, for it is a feel good article.

Live to Write - Write to Live

So Many Fish in the Sea, So Many Readers in the World

wooded roadWriting is an intrinsically challenging task. To do it well you must corral and harness many different parts of your intellect and spirit. You must learn to manage the diverse elements of your vision, imagination, and craft so that they move in tandem, pulling your story forward. The process requires varying degrees of earned skill, innate intuition, and stubborn stamina.

If, in addition to getting the words on the page, you also hope to have others read those words, you introduce an entirely new layer of complexity to your literary endeavors. In essence, you invite strangers to collaborate in your creative process. Because, make no mistake, crafting your story with a reader in mind (even an as yet unknown reader) changes both the writing experience and its outcome. As Samuel Johnson said, “A writer only begins a book…

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From Hubspot’s Sidekick: Unusual Concentration Techniques That Transform Daily Energies

From Hubspot’s Sidekick: Unusual Concentration Techniques That Transform Daily Energies

The Unusual Concentration Technique That Transformed How I Work, By Scott Tousley

Circadian and Ultradian Rhythms

This article covers the way the writer manages his energy throughout the day. It is very interesting and explains how to handle the natural ups and downs that can either benefit us or wear us out. In particular, this applies to those who work in a home office, but as you will read, it is for everyone.

I took from this information a few key points on how I can better manage my time, especially since I have many projects going on all at once. I like to think it is all healthy stress, but when I find myself sitting at the computer for an hour reading about stuff, I realize I should have taken that break I needed the hour before.

The writer of this article, gets into the utilization of another site that helps him keep track of everything, but it is not necessary to even check this out, because the real information here is about how we can manage our time and health. So, the most important point of this enlightening information is to understand that it is natural to have daily rhythms. What we find here are ways to map out our day, to suit the way the body fluctuates. I find that fascinating and am implementing changes in my schedule, including releasing false guilt when I take that thirty minutes every hour and a half, to either play, pray, or nap.

It’s also interesting to note that music helps us work. I use background music to comfort me, sometimes distract me, or to inspire me. There are two different platforms that I use depending on my mood. The grooveshark.com is great because one can find broadcasters of continuous, playing music, of the genre of your choice. Then find which artist fits your mood. Another platform that one can just put on and leave to play is the songza.com. It has choices of day music, moods, and decades. It too can be left playing in the background without having to either find music to play or laboriously set up a continuous stream.

This article is from ‘Sidekick’ by Hubspot, a great business platform with tools and tips. They now offer a Customer Response Manager (CRM) that I am learning about and using in my marketing business.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“In reality, the human body operates on 120-minute biological intervals throughout the day called ultradian rhythms. These are broken into a series of peaks (when we are energized) and troughs (when we are exhausted).”

http://www.getsidekick.com/blog/ultradian-rhythm-pomodoro-technique

Here are a few more resources to find out more about our natural, Circadian Rhythms:

Ultradian Rhythms and The Natural ‘Trance Cycle’

“You may have heard of the ‘Circadian rhythm’ the daily bodily cycle that regulates our ‘awakeness’ during the day and night. The Circadian rhythm is the reason that we feel like getting up in the morning (hopefully !) and what causes us to feel sleepy at bed time.

Another type of bodily rhythm is the ‘Ultradian’ rhythm. Whereas the circadian rhythm occurs once a day, ultradian rhythms happen more than once. One ultradian rhythm has been shown to moderate the ‘hemispheric dominance’ within the brain.

Although the exact function and interplay of the 2 hemispheres is as yet unknown, we do know that the left hemisphere is more specialized for linear, logical thought and communication, and the right is more active when we are relaxed, dreaming and in hypnosis.

If not too stressed, you will have, after getting out of bed in the morning, around 90 to 120 minutes more focused attention followed by a 20 minute period of lesser focus. This is often experienced as difficulty concentrating.

During this 20 minute period you are more likely to feel sleepy or ‘day dreamy’ This is often the time that people take a break, grab a coffee or smoke a cigarette as a way to try to cheat this natural break.

However, since it has been shown that taking advantage of this natural rhythm has profound physical and mental health benefits, it is a better idea to do what your brain is asking you to do – Relax!

Hence the creation of ‘power naps‘ and their adoption by progressive companies. Unsurprisingly, in workplaces where regular breaks are encouraged, productivity increases and rates of sickness drop.”

http://www.uncommon-knowledge.co.uk/hypnosis/ultradian_rhythms.html
Peak Performance and the Ultradian Rhythm

May 26th, 2012 | Posted in Effectiveness, Leadership Fitness, Vitality by David Chinsky

Thanks for reading and sharing my journey to spiritual fulfillment and prosperity!

Jennifer T. Webb

‘May Love Reign In All Universes, and Peace Within Each One Of Us.’

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Writing and Poetry Contests!

Writing and Poetry Contests!

Short Stories, Poetry, and Writing Contests!

Enter Today!

For those who like to enter contests, here are a few to mull upon and for those who enter and win, promotion is a given for your current books!

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THE 2015 COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN 

The Prize is open to everyone, as long as the work is original and previously unpublished.
There is a 6,000 word limit.
The entry fee is €12 per story and you can enter as many stories as you like. 

http://www.themothmagazine.com/a1-page.asp?ID=3055&page=8

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Vallum Award for Poetry 2015

DEADLINE JULY 15, 2015 (postmark) * CONTEST NOW OPEN *

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Vallum is accepting original and previously unpublished poetry submissions for the Vallum Award for Poetry 2015. This year’s contest judge is award-winning poet, Stephanie Bolster!

ENTRY FEE:

$25 CDN for Canadian residents, $25 USD for international entrants, which includes a free one-year subscription* to Vallum

http://www.vallummag.com/

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Register for the Freeditorial Long-Short Story Contest on WTD!

This may be the most important moment of your journey as a writer.

Register for the Freeditorial Long-Short Story Contest—and you could win up to 15,000 dollars!

There is no registration or entry fee! And you even get a present for registering! You’ll receive the report 10 Vital Self-Editing Tips  immediately after registration. Once you’ve registered, you can submit your story or stories at any time until the close of the contest on June 4th.

The Freeditorial Long-Short Story Contest on WritetoDone

This contest is for ‘long-short story fiction’, i.e. stories between 10,000 and 40,000 words. Entries must be in English. Ultimately, your story will be judged by its popularity and its literary merits.

The cool thing about this process is that the audience has a say in how successful your story will be! And you’ll get exposure as a writer, right from the start of the contest.

http://writetodone.com/register-long-short-story-contest/

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Welcome to AuthorsSupportingAuthors.

Welcome to AuthorsSupportingAuthors.

For Authors: Ronovan is stepping out with his new blog in honor of us self-publishers, i.e., indie authors. “Authors Supporting Authors: Authors United to Make Dreams Come True”! For all I have learned since entering the world of WordPress.com, I want to say thank you to all you wonderful, Courageous, creative individuals who live and breathe for inspiration. Indeed, our free, unheeded, imaginations and creative machinations are what takes us from ‘reality’ to other worlds of words!

Authors Supporting Authors

Welcome to AuthorsSupportingAuthors, Authors United to Make Dreams Come True. Here is my vision for the site. Authors join and agree to help each other with book launches. This is a central place to go to in order to find people to:

  • Agree to host some aspect of a book launch.
  • Find out if there are book launches occurring that might compete with their own.
  • Find people to form critique groups.
  • Find Beta-Readers.
  • Find advice from veteran Authors.

There will be pages for various things such as book launch requests, as well as another idea I have in mind. But I’ll be asking some advice for that.

The site is to remain professional. If you don’t like what’s going on, or agree with something, by all means you may visit another site. This isn’t the place for drama or games. We are here to help each other. I have my…

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