Amazing.

Well, I have to tell you what happened to me. Just a day or two after I wrote on my blog, to JUST DO IT. I picked up a sports shirt in a store and around the inside of the neck were the written the words – Just do it. Just do it. Repeated over and over. I nearly fell over, and started laughing in the middle of the store.

So you see it’s not just me telling you,…to Just do it. There are actual shirts out there somewhere saying exactly the same thing. How funny is that?

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What does a lion have to do with writing?

Writing. What does a lion have to do with writing?

A few things.

During the day a lion lazes around basically doing nothing, napping to his hearts desire. But at night it doesn’t stop moving, running, hunting and devouring what it caught. The males tend to roar. Sneaking up on unsuspecting animals, pouncing on the juicy ones, and devouring them as though they won’t live another day. Devouring bloody meat is a messy job. The vultures come to clean it all up.

For those writers who are night owls- we tend to sleep late, do pretty much nothing when it comes to writing. But as soon as its late we tend to wake up and our brains kick into gear…and usually, we aggressively attack our computers to research and write. Tearing our stories apart, (at least some of us do), with vigor until its perfectly lined up. Sometimes we lick our wounds, and moan loudly. We even roar at whoever has the nerve to interrupt our flow of thought. We can be pretty messy too.

tip no.3 keep chasing your dream and don’t give up.

 

Life Without Limits

Many people have lists of things to do in the New Year, or before you die. Well, I want to encourage you to add this book to your list.  Life without Limits by Nick Vujicic.

I have to warn you – you will need a box of tissues.

This man is an inspiration to many and to me.

You see he was born with No arms and No legs. All that he had was a stump of a foot. (Later the one toe was separated into two toes. )

He could have given up on life and no one would have blamed him.

He learnt to push past every obstacle in life.

He is not useless. He is not a vegetable. He has a purpose.

He learnt to push himself up from the floor. He learnt what every other child in school learnt…just in different ways.

He never gave up.

He learnt to swim and to surf.

At 21 years old he graduated with a double major at Griffith University with a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Planning and Accounting.

He pushed past all the odds stacked up against him. He was jeered and mocked… the brunt of jokes.

He has travelled around the world inspiring others. He tells similar things to what I have always told my friends: Believe in yourself. Value yourself. Rise above your problems. Never give up. Refuse to dwell on negative thoughts. Don’t allow self-destructive behaviour in your life. Don’t give in to self pity, be grateful. Focus on the positive.

You have a purpose. Be grateful for what you have….for many live on garbage dumps, eat out of garbage bins. Struggling to keep warm and have something to eat. Be grateful for what you do have, and learn to share with those who don’t…there are many organisations that need support.

His hearts desire came true – he got married.

What does a giraffe have to do with writing?

 

I chose this lovely gentle giraffe, to show you how it’s very long neck represents writers everywhere.

If we remain stubborn like a mule, that has a short neck… we’ll move like a tortoise.

We all need to stretch ourselves, beyond what we ever thought we could achieve. I for one  stretched myself from picture books to writing a 20 chapter novel. I love to write long books, the longer the better.

I prefer to write about countries and situations that I have not experienced nor been to. This is stretching my writing abilities and my brain. That’s what research is all about.

Where is the challenge and the stretching….when you write about what you know well, and have experienced over and over.

ps. I had the pleasure of stroking,patting and feeding this gentle giant…at a game farm outside Johannesburg, South Africa. In fact my entire right arm disappeared into its mouth, whilst it sucked all the sweat and salt off my arm. I was chatting to a friend when this happened, and suddenly realised this animal had teeth and tried to yank my arm out, it just batted its long eyelashes as if to say, “What is wrong with you. I’m enjoying myself, its not everyday I suck tasty arms.”  Well apart from a little shock that a very large head had completely swallowed my arm whole I was fine. Covered in thick gooey saliva ….but happy, after all its not everyday one gets licked and sucked by a large African animal…and lives to talk about it.

tip no.2 Stretch yourself, and don’t let the problems swallow you.

The In’s and Out’s of Writing

Ta dah…..I’ve FINALLY done it….made a blog that is. After much oooooing and aaaaaaing……much grumbling and complaining, I’ve finally jumped this hurdle. Yippeeeee…..!!

Now I can join all the other wannabe published writers out there in the big expanse of rock and water called Earth. Wohooo……..

Tip no.1 don’t grumble and complain about writing, or whatever you’ve been putting off…..just do it.      Ok, you can complain whilst you’re doing it, just not loud enough to get kicked…or sacked, if you’re at work, or hushed if you’re in the library.

even do it with one eye closed if you must. JUST DO IT.

if you need someone to give you a wake up and just do it – kick in the bum, let me know.

(this is from a writer who knows what she’s talking about- I needed a kick in the bum ages ago, so that I would have overcome my misgivings about websites and blogs, and how to make them.

Thank you word press for making this easy for us humans to accomplish.

Just do it.