What I have learned the last couple of days…

I have spent the last couple of days researching. Let’s face it, it has been years since I have done any kind of writing besides e-mail. And this time I am going to take this more seriously. I am a writer and want to regain my previous writing skills. Therefore I need to know the rules of the game and right now I am in serious need of writing prompts. To my surprise there are numerous pages of sites available with prompts.

I found several webinars on www.writersdigest.com and listened to all the free ones they had available. I would love to go back to school for creative writing, but that is not on the immediate horizon.

Some of the things I have learned are:

  1. write everyday – schedule it in – make it a priority
  2. set a specific goal (written and posted) and it should be measurable – 15 minutes a day, 1500 words a day, etc.
  3. reward yourself – once hitting your goal choose a reward from your list (example: read for an hour)
  4. keep a dream journal – pencil and paper by bed
  5. keep pad and pencil with you at all times – you never know when an idea may hit

There is a vast selection of material to cover every subject about writing, how to write query letters, using correct grammar (which I need to brush up on), and where to send your finished work.

Off to read some more! To your success,



About Tessa

Teresa (Tessa) Smeigh is now in her 60's and still going strong despite her disabilities affecting both physical and mental abilities. She has bipolar disorder (mental), Fibromyalgia (nerves), degenerative disc disease (spine), and arthritis (joints). Despite that she is active in Mental Health Advocating, writing for www.IBPF.org (volunteer for non-profit) and has 5 blog posts already published by them. She is also working on 2 fiction books (mysteries). She keeps her blog filled with useful content, daily devotionals (She is a Christian), stories and poems. Plenty to keep you busy. She has also been interviewed by blogs and had other posts published on many different blogs. She has 3 blogs so far http://www.tessacandoit.com and http://www.finallyawriter.com and http://www.sunnythoughtsandprayers.wordpress.com She is from Deptford, NJ. Her family and blogs keep her busy.
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2 Responses to What I have learned the last couple of days…

  1. El Guapo says:

    Those are some great guidelines.
    I wonder though if those would promote (for a non-professional) writing becoming a chore…


    • Tessa says:

      Thank you! Right now it feels like a chore. You could be right. But then again I am dropping out of my manic phase and my whole life feels like a chore right now. My creativity vanishes and my writing depends on my moods. Sad, but true. Thank you for reading!


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