Five Reasons to Draw Small

Five Reasons To Draw Small

1. Doodling focuses your mind, giving you increased attention (even when it looks like you’re not).

2. You’ll increase your awareness- when doodling flowers, you’ll start to notice more aspects of a flower, the way that the stem tilts the flower, the way that the same petal shape varies with each single stem.

3. You’ll create your own style, a visual vocabulary, a way of drawing shapes and lines that is uniquely your own.

4. You’ll feel more relaxed. And creative blocks will melt away when you’re not under pressure to create something nice. The small scale makes it easier to detach from results and enjoy the sensation of making lines and circles and little faces or flowers.

5. You’ll have a bunch of small sweet drawings that will give you a feeling of satisfaction.

via 31 Days of Doodling: Creating Creative Characters | Katanaville.

I especially like drawing and doodling as a way to notice small things like the flowers written about above. It is surprising how much attention to details you get when you begin to draw something versus writing about it. Not only how does it look but what can you do to make it look that way on paper?

Try some doodling next time you feel stuck in what you are writing.

31 Days…

You’re Invited:: 31 Days of Change.

Pick a topic and blog about it for 31 days. This started in October so it’s late to join in now. But, there are other months with 31 days, or 30 if you really must have that little bit less.

Have a look at some of the bloggers participating in their own 31 Days of Change topics:

Being OK with Love Lost

Lyrics for ‘Someone Like You’ from Adele.

I enjoy the song each time it comes up on the radio, Adele’s voice is great but the words to the song reach into my heart. To lose someone is hard but you do get to that point where you resign yourself to it and let go. That’s an achievement people should write a song about. I think that each time I hear this song.

What can you write about a lost love and resigning yourself to that? Could you keep it short, how about 100 words or less?

I heard
That you’re settled down
That you found a girl
And you’re married now
I heard
That your dreams came true
Guess she gave you things
I didn’t give to you

Old friend
Why are you so shy
It ain’t like you to hold back
Or hide from the light

I hate to turn up out of the blue
Uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away
I couldn’t fight it
I’d hoped you’d see my face
And that you’d be reminded
That for me
It isn’t over

Never mind I’ll find
Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Too.. Don’t forget me
I beg
I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Yeah

You’d know
How the time flies
Only yesterday
Was the time of our lives
We were born and raised
In a summer haze
Bound by the surprise
Of our glory days

I hate to turn up out of the blue
Uninvited
But I couldn’t stay away
I couldn’t fight it
I’d hoped you’d see my face
And that you’d be reminded
That for me
It isn’t over
Yeah

Never mind I’ll find
Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Too.. Don’t forget me
I beg
I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead, yeah

Nothing compares
No worries, or cares
Regrets and mistakes
They’re memories made
Who would have known.. How..
Bittersweet
This would taste

Never mind I’ll find
Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Too.. Don’t forget me
I beg
I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead

Never mind I’ll find
Someone like you
I wish nothing but the best for you
Too.. Don’t forget me
I beg
I remember you said
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Sometimes it lasts in love
But sometimes it hurts instead
Yeah, Yeah..

Don’t Behave with Cold Manners

I like Chinese fortune cookie fortunes. I’ve posted those I get a few times here. This is unique among them. What fortune writer wrote this? It’s fabulous. Not the meaning, but the language. I love the phrase ‘cold manners’. So descriptive and yet so simple. Who could fail to understand that meaning? (Yes, no doubt there is someone, somewhere…)

Don’t behave with cold manners.

Someone else must have had my same fortune, I found it mentioned on Your Dictionary: Funny Fortune Cookie Sayings. I don’t see it used anywhere else, in my web search at least. That was interesting. It’s such a good phrase.

Can you invent a great, simple and descriptive phrase to describe someone who is cool towards you, a typical ice queen or king?

I found a site where you can create and send fortune cookies online. You write the fortune yourself.

Left Handed Writers?

When it comes to typing on the keyboard does being left or right handed matter? Will being left-handed be forgotten now that we don’t write in long hand very often? I’ve even seen people who think writing long hand will one day become a forgotten/ lost skill.

My Mother is a leftie. Her Mother (my Grandmother) was born a leftie but had her hand smacked with a ruler at school until she wrote with her right hand. I was once married to a leftie too.

I write with my right hand but tend to eat with my left. Does that make me ambidextrous? I don’t think so, just a little backwards. But, I do think there is more to being left or right handed than which hand you hold your pen.

Varieties of left-handed writing

Left-Handers Day August 13th

The Sinister Shop: Left-Handed Items for Left-Handed People – Canadian shop selling for left handers and studying lefties since 1975.

Happy Bubbles for Romance Writers

via What every romance writer needs – Writers Write.
These are my top picks from the “ten things every romance writer needs to stay ensconced in that iridescent, happy bubble of handsome heroes and happily-ever-after”.

2. Stock phrases. Keep a list of stock phrases pinned up at your writing desk. ‘There was a maddening arrogance about the man’, ‘His tongue sent shivers of desire racing through her.’ Not great writing, but they’ll help you when you’re stuck.

4. Secret crush. Nothing keeps us in the romantic mood like a little celebrity crush. It could be the weather guy on e.tv, George Clooney or even Johnny Bravo – as long as we can have a guilty little pleasure whenever we see them.

6. Something sensuous. You need to feel like you’re something special when you’re writing. Spray your favourite perfume on your wrists, write your sex scene in a candle-lit bath, or wrap a cashmere wrap around your shoulders.

10. Sense of humour. Writing romance novels requires as much work as any other novel, but never forget that you’re dealing with fantasy and fairy tales and Ferraris into the sunset. Keep your tongue in cheek. Keep some levity.