End of Month Update

We are back to city life at the beginning of a new week and we are at the last week of the month.  I’m thinking about our Minnesota State Fair this year and because we didn’t have it last year, I’m willing to brave the crowds to attend again in August. It’s hard to believe that the end of the summer is around the corner.  Having live up North, I won’t miss the heat.  There’s a reason I’m still here.

How did everyone do writing away on their lakeside stories this weekend?  Did your marshmallows burn?  I hope you didn’t hear the wrong kind of crickets.  If you did, then of course I recommend using writing prompts.  My months and years of writer’s block are a thing of the past.  When I’m not feeling inspired I use my list of prompts, and get writing.  There are days when I do something else to get my creative juices flowing but the difference is that I’m able to pick up my pen without problem or a terrorizing cursor.

I have one rule, you can’t say your have writer’s block unless you really tried every kind of exercise and prompt out there.  Napping on the sofa doesn’t count – I’ve used that excuse too.  And it’s just being lazy.  There’s no way to get around it.

There is good news in the month of August.  I will be attending an outdoor Market with other artists and small business.  This show on August 14th is going to be comic themed.  The next few weeks will be spent creating minion sculptures and other superhero related pieces.  Having attended a few comic world cons, I thought I would return to the world where my shows began. 

Just like the month of July, my blog will continue.  My goal is help two other authors get their books publishing ready by fall, and I still have one more journal pending to publish.  Nothing like a list of to-do items to keep moving forward.  I have to say, it’s better than the rest period after a show or event.  Sitting still isn’t easy weeks of creating.  I always go through a period of guilt, feeling lazy, and not knowing what to do but I know I need to rest.

I know several best selling authors who take a 2 month hiatus after finishing one of their novels because they learned what I did the hard way.  You can’t go full steam all the time.  Your body and mind need rest and time before another creative burst.

This week of prompts will focus on writing down observations, keeping it raw, and keeping a notebook handy as you go throughout your day.  We’ll take every day occurrences, objects, things we might do daily, and write for 3-5 minutes.  This is a break from our current stories and novels before get ready for Fall. 

Soon Preptober and NaNoWriMo will be here.  Call me crazy but I might try Inktober at the same time.

Rest for today and we’ll pick up our pens for 3-5 minutes the rest of the week.

My posts are Monday through Friday.  You can find a copy of my new Writer’s Journal at https://www.amazon.com/Writers-Journal-Writing-Prompts-Notes/dp/B0931QRL7C.

~Yoon Ju

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I’m an author in Minnesota who started out writing and illustrating Children’s books. I’ve published poetry and adult Romance Novels. I created my website and social media to reach out to other writers because the process can be lonely. I wanted to reach out to readers, writers, and those with a dream of finishing “that” novel. I share the advice of other writers and the tools I use to create my stories.

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