It Can Be Done

I have an inspirational sign in my home office that reads: It CAN be done.

And there you have it: 30 creative writing pieces in 30 days to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Yes, you can do anything if you put your mind (and heart) to it.

Thank you for reading, following, commenting, and liking. I do appreciate the support.

Anything is possible when you believe [in yourself].

What’s next? Stay tuned …

© 2016 magicofwords

Unjaded

I was recently stood up for a dinner invitation, and it made me think about all the broken promises in a lifetime that can make you become jaded.

Promises can be big or small, but when broken, they hurt just the same. It’s like an old wound is reopened and someone pours salt on it.

But just for today I want to feel unjaded–like this flower unafraid to open up again.

zinnia

© 2016 magicofwords

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I will write a creative piece every day.

Wildflowers

wildflowers flutter against the wind, their colors melt into the sun–blues turn into deeper shades of indigo when the night falls, as if nature had painted an impressionist work of art, capturing the changes in light, the passage of time, the transience of life, and in all of it, beauty still permeates, transformed, healed.

© 2016 magicofwords

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I will write a creative piece every day.

Finding Your Muse

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Where do you find inspiration?

Everywhere. Just look around. Or look within. Remember. Pause. Listen.

Most of my writing comes from personal experience (especially in hindsight). When an event first happens in our lives that affects us deeply, writing about it can be quite raw. After a while, hopefully it will metamorphosize into something beautiful like a butterfly.

She opened her wings and escaped the prison of her own doing. 

I have been inspired by lost love and found love. Nature is often my muse. I do believe there is a poem in every flower and in every tree. And as a New Yorker, how can I possibly resist writing about my multifaceted city.

You see, poetry runs through my veins and beats to my heart rhythm. My words spill onto the page like welcome rain.

Sometimes ideas come from the unexpected or when stepping out of the comfort zone. It’s easier to write about what’s familiar to us, but to tap into other areas, to see things from another perspective–that’s when powerful writing can really emerge.

Put yourself in someone else’s shoes for a minute. Someone who is forgotten or broken, for example.

Not everything I write is based on real life. Sometimes it’s just fictionalized or becomes an extended metaphor, a dream within a dream–the possibilities are endless. A single vision, word, taste, touch, sound can turn into sensory writing.

If I can feel it, I can write it.

And when all else fails, just close your eyes and imagine.

© 2016 magicofwords

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I will write a creative piece every day.

Finding an Audience

Do you ever wonder sometimes if anyone out there is really listening? Or are we writing for ourselves, to ourselves? For me, writing is soothing, cathartic, and therapeutic. So, yes, I do write for myself, first and foremost. But we also want to be heard, don’t we?

Creativity feeds the soul and creative people must create. To feel fulfilled. For me, if I’m not writing, I’m involved in some other creative activity, mainly the visual arts. But I think we feel connected most when we share our work and find a supportive community.

From my experience, most creative people seem to be introverts. Paradoxically, we long for connection while performing our best work in solitude. So how do you find a receptive audience? Lately, I have come to the conclusion that the right audience will find you.

© 2016 magicofwords

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To celebrate National Poetry Month, I will write something creative every day.

Finding Your Own Voice

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I have been blogging for about 5 years, but only in the last couple of months, I decided to start this new blog to try something different. Writing every day to celebrate National Poetry Month has been a good exercise to come up with new ideas to blog about.

And the fact that I’m only posting my black and white photography is new to me, as I have mostly published color images in the past. But as I would like writing to be the main focus here, I think color pictures would be too distracting. Let’s see if I can get you to read my words on their own value. And if you like the picture, that’s a little bonus.

As a writer, it’s important to find your own voice. There is so much to read on the internet that it’s sometimes difficult to stand out and be original. It’s also tempting to write about what’s “popular,” rather than writing about what’s important to you.

We seek validation for what we do in our personal and professional life and for our creative efforts. This human need for validation sometimes steers us away from what we really want to do or say. Perhaps there is a fear of judgment or not being “liked.”

But I think to succeed in anything we do, we should be true to ourselves. When we find our own voice, it’s what makes us unique. Chances are when you write about what interests you, you will find and connect with people who have the same interests and values.

Whenever I finish a new creative piece, I ask myself, do I like it? If I’m happy with it, if it’s authentic to what I believe and feel, that’s what really counts to me. And if it reaches and touches someone, that’s all the better. After all, as writers, we want to be read.

© 2016 magicofwords

To celebrate National Poetry Month, I will write a creative piece every day.