Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Editor's Corner May 2014

When one chooses to be a writer (or, more accurately, writing chooses them), they open themselves up to a world of creativity and joy. Along with this comes solitude and varying degrees of frustration, and we must continually find the motivation to keep going, even when we are tired of our workspace, the sight of our own words, or just plain tired.

We all have ways to add structure to our days and help us maintain this motivation. One thing that I do, rain or shine, is take a long walk around my neighborhood. During the winter, it is a hurried rush through these Brooklyn streets, waiting for the moment when I’ll arrive back at my building and out of the wind and snow. Now, it is a more leisurely stroll, a chance to take in the blooming Cherry Blossoms and other signs of spring.

It occurred to me (on one of these walks) how important it is that we change these rituals every now and again. As comforting as they are, they can become stifling, both personally and professionally. This month, I challenge you—and myself—to create a new ritual. If you’re online all the time, join a face-to-face writers’ community, or work in a coffee shop rather than at home. Changing your rituals--and your environment—is a great way to invite more of that creativity and joy into your writing, as well as your life.  

Happy writing!

Dana Micheli
Writer and editor, Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services

Writers in the Sky is a team of ghostwriters, editors, and book marketing specialists committed to the craft and business of writing. We work with our clients on all levels of the publishing process from editing and manuscript assessments to book formatting and marketing. So whether you are a first-time author or a veteran of the craft, let Writers in the Sky help you get your book out into the world. We also provide assistance with résumés, business documents, and academic essays. For more information, visit www.writersinthesky.com.


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