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Dear Friend,

Thank you very much for joining us here and welcome.

Today I thought Id write about one of my favourite ways of creating interesting topics for writing.

I find making lists very helpful and creating lists can be an effective way of planning and getting started with your own writing.

Here is a list of things that I find interesting, in no particular order:

Writing
Blogging
Singing
Music
Song writing
Art
Images
Artists
Painting
Drawing
Drama
Psychology
Health
Personal Finance
Small business skills
Teaching
Life long learning
Communication

Time
Relationships
Fun

 

Having this list here helps to keep me focused and also helps with planning my writing.

If there’s anything on the list that you find interesting and would like to see more of in the future then feel free to let me know.

If you’re looking for something more to read then please click here.

Do you find making lists helpful  in your own writing?

What other methods do you find useful for generating interesting  ideas for writing?

 

 

 

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An Easter message to you…

Sending messages to others today has been more than frustrating.

 At this very moment, I find I can neither save or send emails and I keep being told  ‘We’ve discovered a technical issue.  Please try again later’.
And even here, this is my second attempt to send a message with the first draft being wiped clean away and replaced by a grey screen with the message ‘Aw snap!  Something went wrong displaying this webpage.’
So – given the very real struggle to send out a message right now –  let’s see if it goes right this time.
And if it does then please find below the message intended for you:
Happy Easter!
And hope this finds you enjoying the Easter weekend.

 

All Best Wishes from Indie Creative Blog. X

 

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10 Benefits of Writing Regularly

Do you think about writing all the time?   Perhaps you’ve set yourself some writing goals and decided to get down to it. Suddenly, out of the blue, something  comes along,  demanding attention and eating up your time. Maybe it’s an email you feel you have to respond to immediately. Or the ringing phone you have to answer.  Or perhaps, it’s an urgent DIY job you feel have to attend to.  The point is that:

It can be challenging to keep on with writing in the face of distractions.

I know this only too well because a few months ago I set myself some writing goals. I told myself that I would write more. I would keep to a word count  every day. I would also blog more consistently.

Has it been easy?

No.

And it’s easy to feel like giving up in the face of setbacks.  So to aid motivation, I researched the benefits connected to writing regularly and shared what I found below.

Keep reading to discover 10 benefits of writing  and why you should write every day:

1. The act of writing down a goal is a very powerful motivator and all goals you want to achieve should be written down.

2. Writing can help you to clarify your thoughts – clear writing is a sign of clear thinking.

3. Writing can help you to cope with stress/ handle hard times.

4. Writing can help you feel better – in studies, it has been linked to improved mood.

5. Writing helps you to reflect on your life and the changes you are making.

6. Writing about what we do is the fastest way to deepen our knowledge.

7. Writing can make physical wounds heal faster.

8. Writing consistently can help you to grow as a writer.

9. Writing gives you the opportunity to explore your dreams in a ‘safe space’.

10. Many financially successful people are secretly regular writers.

So there you are – 10 benefits of writing regularly.  And whether they surprise you or not, to me these are worthwhile reasons to start writing  today.  Solid reasons to stay on track with writing goals.  And  great reasons to write daily.

Did you find this article helpful? If you did, please consider sharing it!

For more see:

Benefits of Writing
Why You Should Write all the Time
More Benefits of Writing

Daily Writing
6 Psychological Benefits of Writing Things Down

3 Simple Writing Tips that will Instantly Improve Your Writing (2 minute read)

Free writing or flow writing is a great way to actually start writing. Then, after writing for a set amount of time – maybe 15 or 20 mins – whatever is best for you, put it aside and come back to it later, perhaps even on another day.

Then:

  •  Check Spellings. Correct them as necessary.
  •  Check Grammar. Again, correct this as necessary.
  •  Read it aloud to yourself. You can even record it and play it back.

Reading your writing aloud to yourself can help you to hear and correct

where you need to improve the flow of  words you have used

By using these three tip,  you will notice an immediate improvement in the quality of your writing.

I tried reading my writing aloud to myself this week. Had to laugh. Searching for the right words, I thought I’d hit on the perfect combination. But listening to myself, I could hear where I was just droning on.

To improve your writing, it really helps to put yourself in the reader’s place and think of what she may be looking for.

Did you find this information helpful? Have any further tips for improving your writing? Send your comments and questions to me here, by using the comments box below.

First blog post

Hello,

Welcome to my Indie Creative Blog. This site has been created  to explore ideas about writing, art and music. Before beginning this blog, I spent over 20 years as a visual artist and teacher and over five years exploring jazz as a jazz vocalist. Now I’m on a mission to write about what I have done or what I’m doing now to help others live more productive, happier lives – hopefully helping you to save time and money too!

I started this blog as way of:

  • helping others who may be in a similar situation to the one (s) I’ve faced or am facing now.
  • writing about and sharing what I’ve learned/ what has helped me.
  • keeping in touch with others creatively, helping others keep abreast of my work and progress in these areas.
  • creating a space to show work I’ve done or am doing now.

My focus is creating content that you can enjoy and use or put into practice immediately. Starting out, my aim at the moment is to post here once or twice a month.

My ultimate goal is to provide information, tips and techniques that improve,  creativity, productivity  and well-being.

My name is Sandra.

Based in London, U.K, in my spare time I learn jazz tunes, write short stories and have started writing my first novel.

Today I  edited this blog post and finally published it after months of thinking about it.   I also read some short stories in women’s magazines to analyse the type of situations, characters and language used.

 

I did some vocal practice to warm up and open my singing voice.

Questions  or comments?  Send them to me here,  using the comments box below.