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The key to a healthy society is a thriving community of storytellers.” ~ Franco Sacchi

Yesterday our blog was about New Year’s resolutions, and the need for Americans to add PLAY MORE to their list of priorities for 2013. “Play more” means something different to everyone, depending on our own interests and hobbies.

growingbookLast fall I enrolled in a creative writing course, just for the fun of it. I enjoyed it immensely; it was enlightening. As a result of the class, I feel as if my brain has been fertilized and my garden pot of memories has sprouted and grown. I have thoughts that would be rewarding to share with others, in a way that never occurred to me before. Funny, how that has happened.

I made a decision for myself this morning.  Creative Writing II has been added to my “to do” list this winter. I have an independent publishing project I’m pondering; I wish to work through it, with the guidance of a skilled writing professor.

Finding inspiration is not always easy, but, researchers say that the more we create, our minds become more open and receptive to invention, ingenuity and artistry. I suppose this explains why “mad scientists” who come up with one great idea to patent, often go on to explore and invent other key concepts to copyright. Authors, after writing one book, often find the motivation to continue, and write a second.

 Imagination How Creativity WorksImagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer addresses how many factors in our lives  nurture creativity.Click for more info & ordering

There is an interesting review in Psychology Today magazine that both questions and validates what Lehrer says in his book. To read the article, please visit this link. http://bit.ly/W7A4xh.

There is also a good article for writers and artists on how to stay inspired. http://bit.ly/YlZKaS.  Many people who live long, fulfilling lives attribute satisfying lives to the fact that they never stop growing and learning. Is there something you have always wanted do but haven’t dared to? Perhaps 2013 should be the year to pursue it.

This blog brought to you by Sue Batton Leonard, author of Gift of a Lifetime:Finding Fulfilling Things in the Unexpected

Writers: Explore and Navigate

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The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar and familiar things new.  ~Samuel Johnson

Throughout the history of mankind, there have been explorers in all kinds of fields – medicine, business, science, space, technology, publishing, communication and more. The pioneering spirit is driven by hope for fulfillment through research, prospecting, investigation and discovery.

When an individual is exploring possibilities of writing a book, producing a film or music the impetus behind the mission is to create with words, images or audio sounds an original idea. Researching what has been done before, and devising a plan independent of the “the same old, same old” is not an easy task. In publishing, finding a contemporary way of communicating thoughts and ideas is what constructing a successful publication is about. There is a company that can help create a plan for your idea and find a novel way of sharing it. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/h7EukB

Moreover, shaping a marketing campaign, that communicates the originality of your published projected, is essential.  If you will be selling your publication on the world-wide-web, and have never navigated the waters of internet marketing, there are professionals that specialize in e-marketing for independent publishers. There are all kinds of innovative ways of broadcasting the marketing message, far and wide, in this electronic age.


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