Is it Writer’s Block?

#Writers, let’s talk #writersblock. Why do you have writers block? It’s simply because you’re trying to make something impossible seem possible or it’s the wrong genre.

I sketched out a new kids picture book about my daughter’s health journey but I ran into a road block. I put it aside for weeks without a solution until now. I realized that the book that WANTS to be written WANTS to be longer.. a young adult story maybe. I’ve been fighting more words, more pages, a whole interwoven backstory, but trying to make something else work has actually given me writers block. The backstory is prompting me in my sleep. I think this MUST be written. Hmmm.🤦‍♀️🙋‍♀️🤪 Join me on Facebook!

“You’re” vs “Your”

I’m still amazed at the number of adults who don’t know the difference between “your” and “you’re” in the English language.

It’s simple…

If you say a sentence and “you are” makes sense, then take out the space and the “a” and and the apostrophe. That’s it. Simple.

If you change the sentence and “you are” doesn’t make sense, then the word will be “your”.

“You are smart.” “You’re smart.”

“Your dog is smart.” “You are dog is smart.” No!

Do this exercise every time. And for all the Grammar Police … You’re Welcome! 🌸🤞😊🤪

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Lost Memories, Found Hope: A Granddaughter’s Story of Love throughout Alzheimer’s is Here!

I know my grandmother is looking down with a smile today!

Preview: A final fight with her mother propels Jillian out of the house to live with her grandmother. Little did anyone know the adventure they would encounter would be called Alzheimers.

“Each family member copes with Alzheimer’s in their own way: denial, grief, acceptance, and avoidance. Michelle Spray leads us through the realities of the “long goodbye,” from unplugging the stove, taking away the car keys, asking for help, and eventually finding a nursing home. Her main character, Jillian, bears the burden of caring for her grandmother who has the disease.

Written with humor and love, Spray deftly paints a portrait of a young woman facing these challenges with equal measures of grace and despair. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has walked alongside a loved one with Alzheimer’s.” -Karen Gamble

“It’s moving, sometimes funny, sometimes heart wrenching and always very loving.” -Natalie Bates

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Can You Remember?

When’s the last time you sat down just to reflect? I did this in a writing workshop once. Each writing prompt was about remembering a different time period. Try it. You’ll be amazed how many pages you scribble out in a short period of time and how many ideas (book ideas…short stories…poetry) you have inside that brain! Get motivated! Get inspired! Get a pen!

Can You Remember
What you once lived for
The thoughts that woke you in the morning
And excited you to sleep at night? (Read More)

Life’s Reasons: Poetry for Introspection by Michelle Spray #writinginspiration
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Back to #Writing!

We had a blast in Canada! Now it’s time to get back to #writing! I have some exciting book news coming soon!!! Stay tuned here or on Facebook

#itsoktotakeabreak … You come back full of ideas, ready to go!! #writinginspiration #writingmotivation

My LIST is made. Is YOURS?

How do you expect to get things done today or this week without knowing what those things are?

Sure, you know what you need to do, but without it being in front of you, what are the chances you’ll actually get to any of it? Where’s your sense of urgency?

I’ve made my list. Now it’s your turn! Go!

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Four Steps to Feel Productive When Life Gets in the Way

I’m a go-getter and a do-er. I make a plan and get things done. That’s what I do. And right or wrong, that’s how I measure my success. It makes me happy.

This week, I had a lot of down-time because my daughter was in the hospital having a seven-hour surgery that was supposed to take five to six. Cue, the anxiety!

The past few days have consisted of taking care of her around the clock, but what do I see? I see unproductivity, gaps where I could have been writing, researching, missed opportunities and spaces of unused minutes. Where did the time go? I wasted all my free time!

But the truth is, I’m still working. I’m on alert for her every need. I count the minutes until her next dose of pain medicine. I focus to remember times and to keep them all straight. I wonder what my life would have been like if my children hadn’t been born with medically complex needs. Would I still be working in Corporate?

I feel guilty for actually watching television with my feet up while she sleeps it off. It’s my first time in a long time without a computer on my lap, multi-tasking, writing, researching, working. Why can’t I relax? Why do I, instead, mostly feel guilty? Why? Why do I do this? I can’t be alone in this. I can’t be the only one.

Here’s what I realized:

1. It’s okay to take a break. It’s okay to not multi-task and work ALL the time. Don’t feel guilty. It’s okay to beat your highest score in the free app game you love. You can’t be ON all the time!

2. In order to stop feeling guilty, put a plan in place. My plan for today, my “job” right now is taking care of her (and myself) and that’s okay. Be where you need to be and do that. Stop feeling guilty about everything you’re not getting done. You’ll drive yourself crazy. You can’t be in eight places at once. Accept it.

3. Make a list of some small things that will give you a sense of accomplishment when you finish them. And yes, laundry should be on this list, too. Sorry! This apology is written mostly to myself. I can do laundry all day, but folding and putting it away is my nemesis … Disclaimer: my husband knew this about me before marrying me!

4. In order to get back in gear and feel like a productive member of society, you need to make your list! For myself, crossing off even the smallest tasks feels like accomplishment and motivates me to want to do more.

So take your break. Regroup. Then finish. Did you hear that? Finish what you started. You can linger, but plan how long that down-time will be, schedule your start day, and stick to it. Do something from that list and cross it off! You can do it!

I hear my laundry calling me now.

“Life may get in the way, accept it, but then you must decide to keep going. You MUST!” — Michelle Spray