Writing Meeting

I went to a writing meet-up last night. I’m always impressed by the quality of the writing, and the imagination of writers. I can’t wait to find 2 or 3 people or even 1 person who lives near me and will brainstorm and mentor me as I write a novel.

The best part is of course the feedback, which was wonderful. They said to change the name of one character, too much like the other name, and to make one person more humerous. My book is filled with emotion, and adding a little humor is a great suggestion.

The other thing I relearned, is to keep going, don’t go back and rework chapter one forever and ever. Just write, keep writing until the end, then go back and use post it notes, highlighters, whatever works for you and higlight whatever you want. Could be the first word of each sentence, description, dialog, setting, looking for vivid verbs. I do keep a notebook of words I like and I use that notebook a lot.

I also have a Bits & Pieces notebook and I have quotes, small scenes, descriptions, words, advice, whatever I want to remember and I keep them in a folder. I add pictures, names of books I like anything to jog your memory or jumpstart your writing.

First lines jumpstart my writing, and I have about 550 of them finished. I love doing them.

Saw my doctor today. I have the lowest Vitamin D level he has seen, so I’m starting to take Vitamin D. I hope with all my heart it help with the fatigue. I want to do so much more in one day, but I can’t seem to keep up.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver in your community.

Listening

Listening is definitey an art, a lost art. Everyone is waiting to get their two cents worth in, so they are no longer listening to the talker.

The only New Year’s Resolution I made this year was to advance Adopt A Caregiver in any way I can, and to spend the year working passionately and diligently in planting the seeds for communities to understand there are caregivers in their midst who need someone to befriend them.

The only other resolution I made is to really listen when someone is talking. Listening to the words, reading between the lines, and understanding where the person is coming from.Times are not easy these days, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to get better immediately, so try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes before you make your comments.

I read all my emails from caregivers and try to answer each one of them. I try not to give platitudes, but genuine affection and admiration for all they do.

Give the gift that lasts forever and costs nothing. Adopt A Caregiver and tell them your friend Helene sent you.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene

One Year Older

I am now as old as my husband Howard, at least for a few weeks.

Stitches come out of my finger on Wednesday, thank goodness. Catching up on my reading┬ásince I can’t knit, writing is too hard, and the computer is also difficult.

I liked The Linnett Bird by Linda Holeman. I just started Absolute Scandal by Penny Vincenzi. I loved her trilogy from a few years ago.

Speaking to a group tomorrow night about my adopt a caregiver program. This is exciting for me, to be able to spread my word about adopt a caregiver. I wrote to two of my caregivers this past week. I know they are always happy to hear from me.

I’d love┬áto hear from you about your thoughts on adopt a caregiver. Please add your comments, and questions, and I will do my best to answer each and every one of them

Till my stitches come out on Wednesday, stay well and give something back.

Keep love and kisses in your life. Helene