Ozarks Writers League Writing Inspired Conference Nov 18-19, 2016

Not only can you see where I’ll be at a writers conference soon but also get inspiration on why to go to one near you even if the speakers don’t jazz you. You’l even get an idea for adding spark to your book with handmade cards. #WritingConference #WritingInspiration #ThePeaceSeed #cardmaking #papercrafting

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No matter where you live, there's probably a group for writers. I highly recommend being involved, as it will inspire you and give you a kick in the seat to sit down and write. This month my regional group, Ozarks Writers League,  hosts our quarterly conference. The theme this time is "Writing Inspired."

Sometimes I am super excited about the speakers. Sometimes, not. But I still go. I've been surprised more than once by how interesting and relevant  subject ended up being for me.

Even if the topics at your local conference don't excite you, go anyway. It's a great way to connect with others who engage in that mostly solitary act of writing. If you have books, you may be able to have a book table. I will have copies of my best selling peace book The Peace Seed. I've donated 1500 of these little books to prisons to hopefully bring some peace and unity to troubled people.

Here's a photo of the handmade card. You can follow me on Instagram too!

If you're in the Branson area, come join us at the Honeysuckle Inn Saturday, Nov. 19th. Jemma and I will be there.

Here are the speakers:

WALTER BARGEN 

Missouri's 1st Poet Laureate has published nineteen books of poetry.  His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013), Quixotic (2014), Gone West (2014), and Three-Corner Catch (2015).  He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).  His awards include a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1991), Quarter After Eight Prose Prize (1996), the Hanks Prize (1996), the Chester H. Jones Foundation prize (1997), the William Rockhill Nelson Award (2005), Short Fiction Award– A cappella Zoo (2011). His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 300 magazines, including American Literary Review, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, and Missouri Review.

JO VAN ARKEL

She is a professor of English and chair of the department of Languages and Literature at Drury University. She is the author of four books of poetry and prose, as well as the librettist to an opera on Thomas Hart Benton. She recently launched Pencil Box Press, a micro press which publishes limited edition anthologies and books and also serves as editor of the Gingko Tree Review, a literary magazine which is supported by a Missouri Arts Council grant. She is currently at work on a new collection of stories and prose

MICHAEL CZYZNIEJEWSKI

The author of I Will Love You For the Rest of My Life, Michael Czyzniejewski is the author of two more collections of stories: Elephants in Our Bedroom (Dzanc Books, 2009), and Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions (Curbside Splendor, 2012).  In 2010, he received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship for his fiction.  He is an assistant professor at Missouri State University and Managing Editor of Moon City Review.  He lives in Springfield Missouri, with his family.

SOURCE: Ozarks Writers League website

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Helen Keller Quote: The Best and Most Beautiful

This inspirational quote from Helen Keller reminds you of the true beauty in life. This post also includes a #WritingPrompt and #WritingInspiration based on this quote.

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(NOTE: Post updated with a writing prompt and writing inspiration..)

Helen Keller inspires me.I created this in honor of her birthday. please feel encouraged to share it.

Writing inspiration: Read this Helen Keller quote. Sit with a piece of paper or your computer and write whatever comes to mind. Don't worry about whether it will ever be published. You might surprise yourself. #WritingInspiration

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Graphic of an ancient tree on the right with this Helen Keller quote on the left: "The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart"

Helen Keller inspirational #qoote

 

Writing prompt: Let this quote be a writing prompt for you. Tell a story about a time when you found hidden beauty by opening your heart, not your eyes. #WritingPrompt

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My book with Bonnie Tesh called I'll Push You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling through Life with Blinders On is full of stories that are inspirational and often humorous. You can order it from Amazon or your favorite bookseller.

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Inspration Doesn’t Come at the Keyboard: NaNoWriMo Day 9

Looking for writing inspiration? Step away from the keyboard! Here are some ideas of where you might find what you need.

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This weekend I had commitments that meant being away from home much of the day Did this keep me from keeping up writing my novel? No. It simply means planning.

Ronda's set of Writers Blocks

Whatever your writing goal, whether you're in a competition like National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a publisher's deadline, or a self-chosen goal, you'll soon discover that life happens.

A Tasty Morsel paranormal fantasy novella cover

There will be family commitments, book signings, dinners with friends, going to the store, taking care of your family, and so forth.

I knew this weekend would probably be lighter on writing, so I worked more during those days I could so as to stay on track. Simple as that.

Here's my progress toward that 50,000 word (200 page) goal for the month of November:

Yesterday, I had the book signing at the library. Today I had a lovely visit with friends. And here's what you need to know:

Inspiration doesn't come from forcing yourself to sit at the keyboard. It comes from living life! Then you transmute what you discover into words.

My novella The Assassin ad the Prince came entirely from a dream. I scribbled down the gist of it as soon as I woke  up, then in a few  hours, it was a complete story. This can happen to you. Perhaps it already has.

Inspiration for A Tasty Morsel came from a trip to Dogwood Canyon. Our guide said a cave  had just been discovered. We saw an old elk who had a horn growing over his eye. Those two elements made it into the tale.

My current novel in progress, They All Died Smiling, started as a short story that did not win a contest. The judge wrote me and said I had the basis for a novel. I'm finally getting that tale expanded as it should be. The idea for the book came from a "dolly girl" hair dresser , more fake than real.

So don't think sitting at tje desk pulling out your hair will bring you a great idea. Go out and live life as you keep writing.t

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

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