How You End Your Writing Sessions is Just as Important as How you Start Them

It is just as important for writers to focus on how to end their writing session as how they begin it. This is because when a writer leaves her writing for the day, she must leave their writing in such a way that they will be inspired to write the next day.

Also, if you feel good about what you accomplished, you are more likely to be motivated to come back to your writing the next day with a lot of pep and zeal.

Further, how you end your writing session will help you to switch gears and have an inspiring time after our writing session. The great feeling we have at the end of our writing session can carry over into other parts of your life.

Here are a few things to consider in order to create an inspiring end time with your writing.

1. Set a clear end time and stop when you planned you would. This is important because you don’t want to overdo it. If you do overdo it, you may not want to write the next day because you will feel burned out.

2. Learn to appreciate yourself and what you did during your writing session. Find at least one thing that you can celebrate about your writing session. Sometimes, something as simple as finishing the word count that you planned to complete is enough to celebrate.

3. Try not to write for hours until you have to go to bed. Many times the writing that you did will keep you awake, and your to-do list for the next day may also cause a lot of sleeplessness because you will be rehearsing it over and over again. If you are too tired the next day, you probably won’t have a good writing session.

4. Clean up your writing space before you leave for the day. This will help you to feel much more organized when you come to write the next morning. A clean, decluttered desk is much more inviting than a cluttered one that has dust and old food on it.

5. Set your writing intentions for the next day before you end your writing for the day. That way, you will know what to work on when you get back to work the next day. This will help you not to waste time, and it will take the guesswork out of your schedule writing time.

6. Schedule your next writing session. Decide when you will write the next day. Look over your appointments and other obligations, and decide when you will sit down to write. By doing this, you again will take out the guess work out of when you will sit down to write. You will know when to write.

7. Be grateful for the time that you had to write. Most of us always want more time to write. However, if we are grateful of what we had in terms of time to write, we will be more likely to create more time in the future.

By taking these steps, you will be much more conscious of how you end your writing sessions and you will be very successful indeed.

Until next time!

Irene S. Roth

Oh No! What Happened to the Summer! Its September!

Hi there all,

For many of us, the fall is a time of great turmoil. The kids are back to school. We are usually juggling endless tasks and obligations. We may feel spent and overwhelmed, and its not even the middle of September. If that is how you feel, believe me you’re not alone!

Most writers have a difficult time to find time to write during September. The best laid plans end up being blurred and skewed by unexpected things.

One of the most important things I could encourage you to do is to be patient. By the end of September you will be more in routine, and you will feel much more in control of your life and your writing time.

In the meantime, however, try and get even a bit of writing done. Here are a few ways to try to do so.

1. Look at your schedule before the week begins. Highlight all the times that you have to work and have other obligations.

2. Set some simple but concrete goals for the week, before the week starts.

3. Look at the time remaining, and see if you could fit in some writing. For instance, can you stay 15 to 30 minutes later at work or go to a cafe right after work and write? Can you write on your lunch hour for a bit? Can you write a few minutes before bed or can you wake up 30 minutes earlier and write? Can you take some time off watching TV for 30 minutes or so and write instead? Can you pick up some food for dinner from the take out counter of your local grocery store once or twice a week and write instead of cooking dinner? These are all ways you can find a bit of time to write.

3. Schedule your writing goal for those down times.

4. Be patient with your writing output for September. Please don’t judge yourself harshly if you don’t life up to your goals.

Try to take these steps, to get even one or two small goals completed in September. It will do wonders for your self-confidence!

Take care, and Have a great week!
Irene S. Roth

Book Review: What Ifs? By Paddy Bostock

What ifs?
By Paddy Bostock

The title of the book caught my attention and intrigued me right away. It brought me back to my philosophical roots. I have spent most of my life pursuing the “what ifs of life”. And now I had the honour of reading a story that had the same theme.

The story starts in a pensive setting where peace and order exist even if it for a brief moment because it is in a pristine natural escape away from the maddening crowd and all the chaos that modern life throws at all of us–a place for a thinker to go and rest.

James Cockburn is a thinker and an artist. He lives in the world of his imagination. And nothing seems more pleasing to him than imagining what would happen if this and that arose. He loved to reflect on the human being in an existential way.

Being an existentialist, he was naturally pessimistic. His life was anything but happy. His wife left him and his upbringing and early years were hard with boarding schools and nannies. He felt alone and probably isolated.

He taught at Heidelberg University and was a writer with quite a following. One of the people who admired him looked him up and ultimately through the internet, she found him. Her name was Gabriele. She believed they were kindred spirits from his writing.

From the first time they met in his peaceful place, there was something about her that intrigued him. He didn’t believe in love at first sight, but may this really be happening? He had a bunch of unfulfilling relationships with women, so, he never believed that true love would ever find him. He also never thought that he was physically attractive enough for real love. But when he met Gabi, something was stirring within him that he never felt before, and it was scaring him. Was it really true love? Lust? Infatuation?

As the days turned into weeks and months, things got quite complicated. His artist brother William was murdered in quite a horrific way. His partner, Stephanie, seemed to think that James had something to do with the murder while Gabi got pregnant and wedding bells rang out for the two of them.

Yet all the while, he was still a writer and thinker, asking himself what if questions. He never liked crime novels, but now that he had a real life murder investigation opening up for his brother, James.

Do Gabi and James live happily ever after? Can James hang onto the immediate love that he felt for Gabi when they first met? Who really murdered William? These questions I will leave up to the reader to investigate.

This story is wonderfully written and portrayed. Paddy Bostock is at his best, weaving inquiry with philosophical questions as well as open and raw love in this unforgettable murder mystery. I love the story and will be recommending it to my friends.

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

A Wonderfully Crafted Romance-Suspense Novel

Floating on Secrets
By Tantra Bensko

This is a fast-paced suspense-romance like no other that I ever read. The story transports the reader to places that are not commonly explored and experienced. It is a treat to read and become immersed in. And once you start reading this story, you will definitely want to know how it turns out.

Flair is a beautiful bartender who loves neo-phychodelic rock music. She lives in a world that is quite removed from the ordinary. She studies psychology and finds her peace and solace in float tanks because she sees things there. This experience gives her a hallucinatory experience with the use of drugs. Instead, she uses a high content of Epsom salt to put herself into another state of consciousness.

While in the tank floating one day, she becomes aware of her ideal man. He was in the tank with her. At first, she doesn’t know if he is real or a figment of her imagination. He is wonderful in every way and feels like her soulmate. They seem to share a lot in common. Can this idyllic romantic relationship continue to thrive and develop into something breathtakingly beautiful or will something put a real wrench into it?

Who would expect that Flair would be part of a crime investigation with the float establishment owner, Addie Thompson? This bizarre event turns everything on its head and suddenly there is an underlying mystery that must be solved about who is stealing the float money from Addie. This part of the book is handled with complicated plot twists and much brilliance. Can Flair and Austin continue their wonderful relationship despite all of this upheaval?

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

What? Its The Last Quarter of 2019?

Its hard to believe, but it is September 1st!  Alas, three quarters of 2019 is gone!  How are your writing goals coming along?

If you are like most of us, your writing goals got a bit side-tracked in the summer. There were family vacations, day trips, and much more to get us off-track.

Well, that was then. But what about now?!  Are you ready to get writing again and to resume your writing and complete your writing goals?

I hope you answered yes to the above question.  I know I am!

In fact, this past weekend, I sat down and reviewed as well as reassessed my writing goals. I updated some, and deleted as well as added others. And I created a plan for the next four months, given all my time obstacles.

However, my writing plan is not cast in stone. But tomorrow, I know I will be ready to plunge into my goals and to start completing some of them so that I could have the best final quarter of 2019 that I can.

So, what are your goals?

Maybe its time to take stock, and determine what you want to complete by the end of 2019. Time is flying, and before you know it, we will be ringing in the new year. So, don’t get caught off guard. Instead, make sure that you use your time wisely for optimal productivity and success.

All the best!

Irene S. Roth

Carry a Notebook with You

One of the best ways to carry the new ideas you discover during the summer is to write them down in a notebook so that you don’t forget them. That way, you could be sure to use them in the fall.

I always encourage writers to carry a notebook with them. so, even if they’re out somewhere, they may want to reread an idea they discovered during their outings and plan on writing about it later.

The ideas that come to the foreground of our consciousness are usually nuanced. So, we need to capture these subtle nuances quickly. I love carrying a notebook. It signals that you are serious about your writing. I don’t know about you, but this helps me feel good about myself. It also shows that I honour myself enough to care about my new ideas.

In the summer, I frequently take my chrome book to the park and write. What a wholesome and authentic experience that is for me. This can be such a freeing time when I just sit down and let my thoughts come to the surface.

Therefore, be sure to take a notebook or small chrome book with you to the beach or on your trips. Or, you may want to simply write in your backyard. Whatever works best for you is what you should do.

Develop times for Solitude

Most writers are super busy. We never seem to take the time to actually slow down and schedule some quiet time into our day. This can cause undue stress because of our lack of focus and inattention. This unfortunately is especially the case during the holidays. There is always so much we want to do with our family.

Solitude is sparse in our culture even on our vacation. We try to fill every moment with activity. Solitude is the time we spend when we are disengaged from the immediate demands of other people and can be still. For most people, solitude can be frightening because we feel very uncomfortable when we are quiet and by ourselves. We are so used to noise. But we need solitude in order to write effectively.

Many of us spend many hours on computers or iPods interacting with others. Some estimate that thirty to forty percent of people’s time is spent tending to unplanned interruptions and trying to constantly refocus. Technology has taken away our ability to be alone. Because of this, we have less time to think and feel. Instead of thinking long enough to even generate a new idea for a new project or a unique plot twist, we bombard our brains with the thoughts of others. Those around us can powerfully influence our decisions, especially on our holidays.

I believe that solitude is hard to attain because we will do anything to resist it. We usually associate solitude with being lonely, isolated, and alienated. But this need not be the case because there is a huge difference between loneliness and solitude. As Paul Tillich writes, “Loneliness is the pain of being alone and solitude is the glory of being alone.” So, solitude is enjoyable while loneliness can be pain-filled.

What’s more, many of us have no idea what to do during our times of solitude. Here are a few things you can do during your times of solitude:

• Go someplace beautiful.
• Write in your journal.
• Let your thoughts wander.
• Read thoughtful books.
• Do crafts.
• Meditate.
• Commune with nature.
• Take a long walk alone.
• Sit on a swing or veranda.
• Watch a sunset.
• Take five deep breaths.

It may seem odd that you have to schedule your free time. However, because time goes by so fast, and the hours in a day tend to evaporate, it is important to schedule our quiet times as we would any other appointment. This time is as important, if not more so, to our well-being, health, and happiness, as are our social activities.

During quiet times, it is also important for writers to become as conscious of themselves and their surroundings. This is one way to center and be in the present. This will also give you the inner peace that you crave and that you so richly deserve. So, choose activities that will help you rest and relax.

Thus, writers need some solitude to regroup and be their best. So, it is very important to carve out some quiet time every day. This will also ensure that you will feel less scattered and overwhelmed so that you can get some writing done.