I read a blog today that discusses the creative writing lifestyle (www.writingforward.com/creative-writing/creative-writing-lifestyle).
Author Melissa Donovan nails it when she says "We get excited over things that put other people to sleep...".
I spent some time thinking about what excites the writer in me. First and foremost it's the story. I've learned to constantly listen and observe, to understand that - to me - the real story is always in the person, and to open my thoughts to what motivates that person. Because I respond to surroundings, I consider the setting of many stories as one of the characters.
It's a revolving door. The more I write about people, the more I want to learn about them. The more I learn about them, the more I want to write.
Writing is the gift that keeps on giving. I've become more aware of my surroundings, people I meet. stories I hear and other writers' voices. I find myself more tuned in to the world around me.
Visit www.smashwords.com to download a free copy of my e-book, Colors of Kindness, which contains seven short stories about people or stories that have touched me.
I love everything about writing from the computer keyboard to pencil and paper, from random ideas to researched topics, from readers and fellow writers to bookstores, book signings and presentations. I think many of the writers I've met are among the world's most fascinating people and I admire their creative spirit and benefit from their knowledge and energy.
I love reading as much as writing. In fact, one of my 2012 resolutions is to find more reading time. I attended several conferences last year and I learned from each. I'm always amazed at the talent that others so willingly share.
For all the readers and writers out there, I wish you a 2012 filled with fascinating stories, the motivation and discipline to read or write, and a year-long burst of creative energy and intellectual curiosity.