I’m excited to try these books to help organise my writing journey; the Author’s Diary, and The Novel Handbook both by Lauren Clarke.
While I’m more of an organic writer, go with the creative flow, and throw out the goals, I do recognise that using tools like these books can help ensure I keep progressing my writing journey. After all, there are parts to writing and being creative that requires a bit of structure from time to time! Both daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. Hence the Author’s Diary for 2018. Plus it will be an interesting record of what I do this year and something I can use to reflect on to see if there are areas that need more attention than others for next year.
The Novel Handbook, is all ready to help plan out the next novel I write, whatever that may be. Normally I use notebooks which I often temporarily misplace, so don’t always have the basic details of characters or story development handy when I need it to be. So I’m hoping by having this book, I can easily enter character and story details and find it later without having to turn my house upside down!
Also books like this inspire me to get planning and organised and that’s always a good thing.
Do you have any prompts or writing tools that help you write it journal? Please share below in the comments.
Lilliana Rose 🌹
Today I decided to go back to one of the cafes where I was Cafe Poet in residence a few years ago. The Annex Cafe, which is much different now, with new owners, a more open space and new menu, yet the vibe was familiar. Perhaps it was my memories that haunt me and make it feel familiar?
Sometimes it’s nice to visit new cafes, but then again it’s just as inspiring and good for the muse to write in one of my old haunts.
A productive morning writing, not bad for the start of the weekend. And I’m sure it’s got everything to do for visiting a cafe where I used to write a lot, and to re-connect with my muse who lives here.
This old haunt might just have to become a regular once more.
Lilliana Rose 🌹
The other day I caught up with my sister from interstate. Of course it was over coffee! I did mention that we should get a picture together, but conversation took over.
So this is the only photo of the outing, two cups of coffee! But of course the conversation is where is needs to be, in my heart. It’s easy to get caught up in photos to mark the catch up, but sometimes it’s more important to follow the flow of the words being spoken and share life instead of pausing forgetting the flow all for the sake of a snapshot.
Lilliana Rose 🌹
The tangle of yarn in the photo is the result of un-doing my current crocheting project. Sometimes, even with a plan or instructions to follow things don’t always turn out right.
There’s nothing wrong with unpicking, unraveling or deleting words in your creative project. It’s part of the process, but it’s just not seen in the final product. Which is why I’m putting up this photo. It’s a reminder of the true creative process. The bits that have gone wrong and need to be fixed. Things that don’t need to be feared or to weigh me down or stop further progress.
This isn’t quite the back to the drawing board sort situation, but there’s a big pile of yarn waiting to be crocheted again. This will take a good few hours in the afternoon to catch up to where I was. It’s all worth it, especially as I think if the final product. And that’s part of the key when having to re-do part of the creative project. Not to think of what’s lost, but what will be gained and the finished project.
Going backwards is sometimes just part of the creative process of going forward!
I just had a minor panic as I couldn’t find my two favourite pens! And I’d just sat down to write at a cafe!
After a few deep breaths, and taking out my trusty cheap BIC pen I decided to look in a different section of my bag. There they were!
Lucky! One of these pens were a gift, and another a special treat to myself, so I was annoyed they were lost. While I can write with any pen, there’s more meaning when I write with these because of the story behind getting them. And this can help with the creative flow. Or at least with my frame of mind when I sit to write, which in turns influence the creative flow.
And the flow was good this morning! In which I’m grateful for 💖
What better way to start the day and finish the week by writing! Especially the first week of the new year!
I’m still in holiday mode, so by taking just a little time to write I feel connected to my creative flow and I get my writing fix which sustains my soul! All in under an hour.
Sometimes these snatches of time to write are super valuable and give me a chance to slip into a state of writing bliss.
Once again thanks to A Blissful Existence I’m using the colouring of a mandala and crystals to connect with the new year and set positive focus for the months ahead.
I do find this process relaxing and powerful. It helps me to set my intention and goals for the new year.
There are so many layers of meaning here for me which flows naturally, the colours used, the shapes identified, helps me to set a clear path into the new year in a symbolic ritualistic way.
Through this process I have the affirmation, follow your heart, to guide me through the unknown of the year ahead. By having such an affirmation, I have a sort of compass that’s internal to remind me of what type of paths I want to tread this new year.
And now I’m ready for 2018!
To assit in saying farewell to 2017, I’ve been working through the booklet by my friend at A Blissful Existence.
I’ve coloured in the mandala, and then arranged crystals over it as a way to release the past year. I find this process is a gentle, yet powerful way to release the emotions and events that shaped 2017 for me. By answering a series of questions I can focus on how I’m feeling about the past year, in a conscious process so that sneaky emotions don’t slip past without processing.
It’s also a meditative process colouring in the manadal, with a scented candle burning, and relaxing music playing. It helps me to honour the year that was in all aspects not just the good, and then to say farewell. This is my little party to celebrate the past year and to welcome in the new year.
This might look like simple colouring in, but to me, this is much more. The colours chosen tell me something about the hidden thoughts in my mind, and how I’ve coloured the shapes tells me that there are things in my life which have previously been hidden but are now coming to the surface. This allows me to look at parts of my life which perhaps I’ve not given enough attention, perfect timing as I make way for the new year.
This makes room for the new year, which is very exciting!
Happy New Year! How have you farewelled 2017?
From dear friend Anna Hood from Guiding Light Psychics has written about the summer solstice.
Another perspective of celebration at this time of year. I’m feeling very thankful, and looking to cooking up a storm with my family tomorrow and sharing quality time with them.
Summer Solstice blessings everyone!
While traditionally celebrated on December 21st, astrologically, in Australia 2017, December 22nd (tomorrow) is the longest day of the year. The Sun is then at its highest and brightest, and this marks Summer Solstice or Litha.
While it is Yule or Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere (on which the Christian festival of Christmas is based), here in the Southern hemisphere, it is our harvest festival.
Summer Solstice is a time of abundance: of enjoying and connecting with nature, and certainly of celebrating and receiving the Earth’s bounty. So the practice of feasting and gift giving as we do at Christmas in Australia is not out of step with the season!
This is a time to be thankful, and to enjoy and to share abundance with all. Feast and be merry, give and receive freely.
Blessings to all!
I’ve made it back to the local markets for some letter writing to myself and some food shopping for Christmas 🎄I’m feeling organised for Christmas, but I’m sure there’s something I’ve forgotten to do! Fortunately I have a few days to remember before Christmas.
Writing love letters isn’t easy, and it’s not something I’ve done much in my life, especially to myself. But it was a fun exercise to do and challenging. It was an effort to sit and write what I love about me, without letting my logical mind edit before the words were written. It was slow going. The words didn’t flow at times. But I persisted and wrote a love letter to myself. At the end of the letter, I felt more in tune with myself, more at peace, and I’m sure this is something I could do more often.
I look forward to reading my the letter in a year’s time! And to see if I’ve developed more wats to love myself.
Lilliana Rose 🌹