Archive for January, 2013

Feeling Uninspired

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

RainyDay_Depositphotos_10501314_m (2)It’s cloudy, damp, cold, and raining. I do my best work on bright sun-shiny days. But, it’s been dreary all week and I have a writing deadline! What can I do when what normally inspires me is not an option? I enjoy walking. It clears the mind when I’m able to enjoy a bit of nature. However, I don’t enjoy getting wet. Yes, I am sugar and I will melt in the rain.

Listening to soft music normally works for me. I find it soothing and relaxing. But my favorite CD, The Minstrel, by Ben Tankard isn’t working for me today. Sorry, Ben. I need a “take me away” moment – something to warm my spirit. Hot tea comes to mind, but hot chocolate sounds more inviting – in a devilish sort of way. Please consider this my interlude as I take myself away from this dark, damp, and dreary venue to the land of inspiration via a nice, hot cup of chocolate made with a splash of milk and a hint of raspberry flavoring.

Did that ever hit the spot! I’m feeling exhilarated and ready to spend the remainder of my afternoon writing what I pray will inspire others. My fingers are literally dancing across the keyboards as I try to capture my thoughts and place them in my computer before they vaporize into thin air never again to be captured. Words are fleeting like that.

As a writer I know I require a relatively peaceful atmosphere in order to connect with my inner self. Some days are more challenging than others. The world is full of distractions and I’m easily distracted. The bigger challenge is to recognize that distractions exist and then come up with methods to resist the distraction. Today it was allowing me a bit of whimsy with a cup of hot chocolate. That 15-minute interlude resulted in hours of productive writing.

What techniques have you developed to re-energize your writing? I’d love to hear about them.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2013 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

Life-Changing Words

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Many years ago I was introduced to affirmations – words of encouragement. I was pledging for a sorority and one of our tasks was to come up with an affirmation every day. We were required to write what that affirmation meant to us and we were required to memorize the affirmation. It was during that time that I discovered the author, Jo Petty and her book “Apples of Gold”.

What a difference that book made in my life! Her scripture reference for the title of the book is Proverbs 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver”. A word fitly spoken reminds me of Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”.

Words are so important. Words can build us up or they can destroy us. The choice is ours regarding how we use the words that have been given to us. Jo Petty used her words to encourage others. Although researching her book was an assignment, it was a word assignment with added benefits that continue to sow into my life decades after the seed was planted.

Writers plant seeds every day. We may not immediately know who we’ve touched with our words. Our words linger in the hearts, minds, and souls of others long after the ink has dried. As writers, we have an obligation to build a foundation with our words. The strength of that foundation is well within our control.

Will your words strengthen someone today? Will you encourage someone by letting them know that they are not alone? Will you remind someone that while time may not heal all pain, that time will dull the pain until it’s manageable? Jo Petty didn’t know that I needed to read her words of encouragement. I didn’t even know that I needed words of encouragement. Circumstances led me to her book.

Someone is waiting for your book to be completed because your book contains the very word that they need to see and hear. We don’t know who waits for that word. We just know that there is a word to be shared. Don’t hold back your word any longer. Someone is waiting…

Contact Lorraine Castle if you need assistance writing your book. Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2013 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

Life

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw – Irish playwright

A new year and a new beginning! First I want to thank God for allowing me to see another new year. This is a year that is full of promise with the knowledge of knowing all things are possible. While I don’t make resolutions, the new year is a wonderful time to reflect on the previous year and plan for the new year.

My plan for 2013 is to practice what I preach! Many of you have seen and heard my thoughts about discovering your gifts and using those gifts to God’s Glory. While I have talked the talk and in many instances have walked the walk, in 2013 I pray for the endurance to turn my walking in my gifts into sprinting in my gifts.

A sprint is a short race at an accelerated pace. In 2013, I want to live each day to its fullest. I want to end each day with the satisfaction of knowing that I have done everything within my power and with God’s help to illuminate my gifts. I will no longer allow words that have been placed within my spirit to evaporate into thin air because I allowed distractions to divert my path. I will live 2013 and beyond by living and creating on a daily – even minute by minute – basis. Are you in?

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2013 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com