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You may dream of writing one day for profit. However, most writers do not write because of the money that can be had… Writing happens for a totally different reason.

Writers are often a crazy bunch. Aristotle, the deepest of thinkers once said, “There is no greatness without a mixture of madness.”

Hemingway, Joyce, Poe, Tolstoy—and now you can lovingly add Carrie Fisher to the list—all were deemed as mentally disturbed or challenged.

An author does not simply come by the words he or she writes. They are given with fervor of escapism. Any poet can tell you that the words are not his own, but that of a deeper, more sinister being or beings living inside their body. I know this to be true as I look at some of my own writings—the words do not sound like me yet I wrote them.

Writing is a calling heeding to the inner consciousness within us. For instance, when unable to express in paragraph formation I would be able to write in poetic form and fashion. Hence, I was then able to communicate my feelings clearly and in a more beautiful way.

The following is a poem I wrote after being set free from a personal relationship. The words needed and wanted to come out and this is the only way they could, so I relented. I consider this piece one of my finest works.

The Silence of the Sages

As I listen to the silence of the sages, their wisdom unfolds like the wings of a bird taking flight. The noise of the wind beating against the strong feathers grows loud; so loud that when the bird catches the breeze to soar, the silence is deafening!

The pressure in my chest feels as though an anvil lays across it.

But then I hear the eagle’s cry and the truth is now known.

It is the wind shearing as I fly to freedom!

The leather strop that held me to the stone is now severed. My keen eyes see the weight, the burden of that stone and how heavy it was!

I now know the power existed all along to cut me from that weight.

Love in its purity and beauty too has the unmistakable power to set all things free.

The silence of the sages has always been a great teacher.

© 2011 Peggy Lee Hanson

[This I must share. After pasting the poem in place above, I heard the cry of an eagle! Thank you for that beautiful validation!]

Life events is the catalyst to writing content it. It’s how we know as writers what to write. The book I’m now working on—my 4th—is about how I had to change my thinking. And in so being the person I am today I had to change my thinking to overcome the obstacles and obscurity in my life. I also had to change my internal belief system.

What is also interesting about writing this book is that, at times, I am not in charge of the words being committed to paper. I am directed as to what to say. The inner voices of wisdom and understanding are guiding me… It is definitely one of a true spiritual journey.

If I wanted to become an author I knew I had to sit down and write. I had to silence the voices. Writing their words is the only way to quiet my mind and their shouting! I now know what their those crazy writers before me had gone through and why they never stopped writing. They had to.

Writing is a calling—just not a task you may expect at all to be.

To your success,

 

 

 

 

“Writing means never having to be alone.”


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workshop-photoIt happened last week.

You may have heard that I launched a new division to my company. The idea was delivered in a true divine inspiration sort of way. I took all the right actions to move forward: purchased the URL, created the Facebook Fan Page, wrote a blog post to announce the arrival, and much more. The launch had been very successful.

What also happened last week was this: I was to give a speech for my local Toastmasters club. The project I’d chosen was from the Storytelling manual, “The Moral of the Story.”

I researched via Google stories on morals; you know, like the Hare and the Tortoise, in that you never want to take your opponent for granted because she may just beat you at your own game.

Finding a few stories that piqued my interest, I never heard of them before; so I’d have to learn the story fast–as it was only a few short hours before my speech! Eek!

You can’t do this! There’s no time left! What are you going to do? You can’t do this!

Yep. That was me. Hard to believe, right? Miss Positivity?

Well, I knew I had to pull it and me together. The voice inside changed.

You can do this! You can write books and posts in record time! You can write a 7-minute speech, for gosh-sakes!!

I then went back to the manual to read the objectives for the speech. It was possible to take a moral and create my own story. And so I did.

The speech was a success. I received laughs and chuckles. But when it came to the moral —– I forgot the words!!!

“It’s one thing to propose, it’s another to execute!”

Amen, Sister! Amen!

To your success,

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How does one use a muse exactly?

“Use your muse.”

“Get in touch with your muse.”

Portrait of a Muse.What is a muse and how does one use it and get in touch with it?

The other evening I had the extreme pleasure of conducting a call on how to get writing ideas out of your head or organize the notes to get them down on paper once and for all.

One of those steps cited was to “use your muse.” Use that very thing that gets you out of your head to begin the writing juices flowing again.

Recently on a weekend morning television show, comedienne and actress, Carol Burnett, was featured. She is one of the many women I admire and enjoyed watching over the years.

When Ms. Burnett saw the potential television would bring in the 1950’s, she wanted to be a part of that creativity. However, the producers told her she was “too big,” too loud for the small screen. As if that wasn’t enough of a slap, they told her variety shows were meant only for men to host.

As you may now know, Ms. Burnett did not listen to them and found a way to make her vision work; she persevered, kept going forward and was able to bring her creativity to the world.

Thank goodness! This world is a much better place from the laughter she brought to us on Saturday evenings via Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and so many more great entertainers!

Carol Burnett is one of my muses.

Using your muse can be done in many ways — it can help you to write or it can inspire you to keep going forward.

What or who is your muse? What gets the energy flowing for you to write — or simply to get the dam of ideas streaming again?

I’d love to hear about them.

To your writing success,
PeggyLee

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses.” ~Amy Tan

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