Archive for February, 2010

Looking for moments…

Looking for moments to write about is easy.  Each moment-such as a father and son walking into a restaurant together, laughing-suddenly captures the truth of love and connection.  A photograph shines with the essence of a dear friend.  The process of memoir writing also continues to surprise me: the way a page unfolds differently every time.  Today…look for those moments…

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Welcoming surprises!

When I first started writing, I was swept away.  It became a passion, I think, because it offered me surprise.  As I discovered the artist within and found new ways of expression, writing introduced me to new joys.  I am surprised my the way memoir writing has changed the way I see the world.  I look at moments and connections differently.

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Stimulating your creativity

Something inside us longs for artistic expression, for a way to make our ideas visible.  But sometimes we get this confused with a need for entertainment.  Movies and thirty minute sitcoms  distract and occupy us, but they do not feed us.  Like lemon meringue pie, they are pleasurable and sweet, but they do not nourish us.  What can you do today to express yourself creatively?

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Give yourself permission…

As you write today, give yourself permission to play with color, experimenting with shades you wouldn’t ordinarily use or put next to each other.  As you let yourself appreciate the variety of color, allow it to take you in new directions-in your memoirs and in your life.  Celebrate you and the colors that represent your life today!

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Valuable lesson on color

We all have our blue days and red days and peach days.  One of the most powerful lessons of color is that it reminds us not to turn our lives-or our memoirs-into a game of hierarchy but to embrace variety.  Just as we need different colors for different purposes on our pages, so, too, do we need a variety of people to fulfill different roles in our lives.

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"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
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