Happy 4 Years

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Dear A Momma’s View

I thought long and hard how to best approach this. I could have simply written a post about our 4 years together, explain what creating you and connecting with you and all the wonderful blogs out there means to me. Instead I decided on writing a little letter to you.

First of all: Happy 4th anniversary! I can’t believe we celebrate 4 years together already. Time has flown by. So much has happened and I admit, I haven’t paid you the attention I would like to recently. I’m sorry I neglected you over the last couple of months and I truly hope I will be able to spend more time with you again.

Let me tell you how much you mean to me. You might think you are “just” a blog. The same way I sometimes think I’m “just” a mom. But we are so much more. You are so much more! Over all this time you have given me so much. You were an outlet for my thoughts, my frustrations, my worries, my fear and my joy. You were the connecting link to so many people out there, also writing their hearts out, sharing their thoughts, frustrations, worries, fears, joys with the world. You have opened the door to so many virtual friendships but you have also given me confidence.

Confidence that I can express myself. Confidence that I’m much more than I often think. Confidence that my thoughts can be shared and that they might not be as out of wack as I might think they are. You are also a way to relive my memories. Because I share them thanks to you.

We’ve seen some crazy stats together. So often I was wowed about the attention we got. Yes, it’s a bit more quiet at the moment but this is because I couldn’t really be there with you. It’s not you, don’t worry. And I know if we really want it, we will see the crazy stats again. But let’s take it easy and just enjoy. Enjoy what we have. The community.

Dear A Momma’s View, I simply would like to say thank you. For all you’ve done for me. For all the connections I made thanks to you. For all I’ve learned thanks to you. I’d like to say thank you for always being there for me, just a click away. For being patient with me, for making me laugh and cry. It’s been a blast and I’m looking forward to many more years together and connecting with other blog(ger)s out there, sharing what we all want to share but most of all our passion for blogging.

Happy 4th Anniversary

Blast From The Past – Writer’s Block?

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It has gotten to me too. That thing called writer’s block. I have thought about it often, read about it even more. So many bloggers experience it. This lack of inspiration or ideas. I wondered when it would struck, if it would at all get to me too. It did. So I figured that I share a couple of my thoughts about it today. Together with a post from a while back as a Blast Of The Past.

For weeks now I struggle with the usual flow of ideas and words and I don’t really know how to tackle it. At least I know where it’s coming from, so that’s a start. It’s not the lack of ideas. It’s not the lack of inspiration. It’s my brain being occupied with other things that weigh heavy on me at the moment.

I do have ideas but if I’m not quick enough to write them down or even write the post they disappear in the jungle of other thoughts about those issues I’m dealing with currently. Those thoughts simply take over and push everything else so far back in my mind that it almost gets lost.

I know that once everything is solved those cloudy thoughts will disappear and leave room for everything else again. Until then I need to make sure I try to keep them in check and make an effort to find the other thoughts, pull them out from their little corner and nurture them. After all, writing gives me enough pleasure to make this effort.

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Where Do You Write?

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When you would ask me what my dream work space would look like I would tell you that I would love to have an office with a view. Maybe similar to the one in the image above. A view of the ocean, a forest, mountains. You name it. When I write I often wonder where you all have your “work space”. Some of you I picture sitting on a desk, in a nice clean modern room. Others I see in a cozy study, surrounded by books and some I see typing away on their iPhone or iPad somewhere on a train, commuting.

I guess if you want to write you can write everywhere, in almost any position. But where is the one spot you actually feel the most comfortable with? What surroundings inspire you the most?

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About Lists

I often wonder how real writers do it. I get how you come up with a story. I get how you come up with maybe another one. But then? Does the inspiration keep hitting you?

I know from my experience how difficult it actually is to keep track of the story you want to tell. I know how difficult it is to put meat on the bone and to bring the story alive. I’ve heard about story lines and creating lists. I’ve never done it. But then, I’m not a successful writer.

So I wonder: Do writers make lists? And what do they put on their lists? Describe the characters to the dot? Describe the world it all happens in to the dot? List every person involved and their character traits? What would you put on a list if you were a writer?

When I write my posts I mostly write from the heart. I write out of the moment. Only sometimes I put ideas on a list. Or actually in “notes” on my iPhone. It’s when inspiration hits and I can’t start writing right away.

I thought I might make a list of lists I imagine I could create in the future:

  • Things you should not do to loved ones
  • Things you learn from your parents
  • Things you teach your children
  • Things you will do different in the future
  • Things to discover
  • TV Shows I’d like to binge watch
  • Posts I want to write
  • Things I believe in
  • Things I would ask Ellen DeGeneres
  • Places I like to visit

The list of lists could go on and on. But I think I should focus now on actually working on the list of posts I’d like to write and maybe you can help me out a little there. Is there anything you like me to write about? Anything you feel I should touch on? If yes, let me know and I might as well do it 😉

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#everydayinspiration

 

Why Do I Write?

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I love award nominations. Don’t worry, this post has nothing to do with yet another blogger award and I’m also not fishing for another nomination. What I like in regards to the nominations are the questions that mostly come along. I think you find out a lot about a blogger when you read their answers.

One of the questions that is often asked is “why do you write”. It’s a good question, actually. Why do  we all write?

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Taboo Word Challenge Day 1 and 2

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I may bite off too big of a piece here, trying to combine the tasks for Day 1 and 2 of Eric’s Taboo Word Challenge

For those of you who have not heard of it just yet, head over here to sign up, I know it will be fun…

Actually I just realized that I manage to cover Day 1 and 2 with the above sentences. So high five to me for it! It’s over, I managed. Now please excuse me. I will head out for a walk, enjoying the beautiful weather. I will see you all soon and if you are interested in the Taboo Challenge, check out the rules here and head over to Eric to sign up:

  1. Don’t use the word Taboo Word of the day in your blog. Whatever day your post is being published, write it without that day’s word. If you post multiple time per day this rule only applies to one of your posts.
  2. Visit at least one of the other from the Linky list. This is as much a meet and greet as it is a challenge.
  3. Get the InLinks code and share it on each of your challenge posts!

About Recycling Your Old Posts…

You have seen it. My Blast From The Past posts. And maybe you have wondered if I’m struggling coming up with things to write about. Honestly, sometimes it is the case and it is a good way to make a bridge to the point where you feel you have inspiration again. Sometimes it even triggers an additional post because you feel you need to go deeper into a thought only just slightly touched in the original post.

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Falling Asleep – Did You Know…


I might just as well try this. What do you do if you struggle falling asleep? 

While working on my novels I had this one point where I got stuck. So often, when I was in bed, struggling to fall asleep, I tried to think about how I wanted to continue. Guess what… Every single time I fall asleep! 

Now, the problem is, that you sort of condition your body to a ritual to fall asleep and I guess trying to move on with the story was that one trigger My body recognized to fall asleep… 

It took me a while. But I managed to do it and actually write on without falling asleep…

Confidence

And it’s up! My guest post is featured on J.A. Allen’s fantastic blog. I’ve mentioned before that I have won the opportunity to write a guest post for her in her fantastic writing challenge. You should definitely check it out but quick, this week’s challenge wraps up on Saturday!

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It’s all about Confidence, isn’t it?

What do you write about when you win the chance to guest blog for an amazing blog like this? It’s one thing to come up with one post after another about my life and my thoughts if it is for my blog. It’s my place and I can pretty much do with it what I like, right? But this here is so different.

This here is so much more.

I usually don’t take part in writing challenges. I will tell you a little bit more about the why in a little moment. This time though, after reading Ah Dad’s guest post, I couldn’t help myself. I really wanted to participate and after reading what was the task it all started coming together in my head. I have moments like this, believe me!zzz

So in one of those moments, my kids actually left…

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