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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Six Tips to Awaken Your Inner Muse from Kala Ambrose

Today's guest on SharingwithWriters is Kala Ambrose who will be a fellow presenter at the Book Em book fair in North Carolina in February of 2012. It's always exciting to network with authors, grow friendships with those who share our passion for writing. Today she gives us her favorite six tips for keeping that passion going.

Six Tips for Inspired Writing

By Kala Ambrose

The ancient Greeks spoke of nine Goddesses called Muses who ruled over the arts and sciences and provided inspiration to all who called upon them for assistance. As writers, we can appreciate the opportunity to receive an extra dose of inspiration in our work. Perhaps it’s time to ask the Muses to bring forth insight from the depths of your imagination and personal experiences in order to create enchanting tales.

Here are Six Tips to Awaken Your Inner Muse:

1.     Look Within and Ask Yourself These Two Questions

Who Am I and Why Am I Here?  When you can identify who you are at the core level, your authentic voice becomes clear in your writing. When you understand the reason you write, your words will resonate with power, purpose and conviction.

2.     Discover the Secret of Persistence and Tenacity

As writers, we often want to wait until inspiration strikes before we write.  A common theme among best selling writers is that they dedicate time to writing every day, even when they don’t feel inspired, even when they have no idea what to write and even when they aren’t in the mood to write. The commitment to the work establishes a habit that leads to better writing.

3.     What Do All Great Writers Have in Common

They all love to read, read, read. Read daily. This serves as a reminder of why you want to write in order to deliver this same experience to others using your words.

4.     Be Open to Receive Flashes of Inspiration

The creative side of your brain is in constant communication with your Muse. Together they are always tossing around new ideas and when they hit on a good one, they send it out to you as a flash of inspirational thought. They deliver the message as soon as they receive it, so it may come to you in the midst of a conversation or even while in the shower. Keep a notepad nearby so you can jot these inspirations down as they arise in order to reflect later in greater detail.

5.     See the World with New Eyes

Everyday something interesting is happening around you. The key is to observe the magical forces at work in nature, in people and in the rhythm of daily life. When you can slow down long enough to observe the symbiotic interactions, there’s always a story waiting to be told.

6.     When All Else Fails, Walk Away.

If your Muse is has disappeared and you find yourself writing for several hours only to find nothing is coming together, take a break and walk away. Go do the most mundane activity, make a sandwich, do the laundry, or go for a walk. This allows your mind to relax, creating an opening for your Muse to reappear with new ideas. When you return to your desk you’ll find that the words flow, when they were blocked only hours before. 

About the guest blogger:

Kala is the author of four books including the award-winning 9 Life Altering Lessons: Secrets of the Mystery Schools Unveiled, Ghosthunting North Carolina, The Awakened Aura: Experiencing theEvolution of Your Energy Body and coming September 2012, Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses,Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead. A highly interactive teacher on a mission to educate, entertain and inspire, Kala writes for the Huffington Post, the Examiner, AOL, Yahoo and Fate Magazine and presents workshops nationally on the Mind/Body/Spirit connection including Auras and Energy Fields, Developing Business Intuition, Haunted History and Wisdom Teachings at the Omega Institute, John Edward Presents Infinite Quest, the Learning Annex, LilyDale Assembly, and the Daily Om
Noted wisdom teacher, author, intuitive, inspirational speaker, and host of the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Radio and TV Show (www.ExploreYourSpirit.com), Kala Ambrose's teachings are described as discerning, empowering and inspiring. Whether she’s speaking with world-renowned experts on the Explore Your Spirit with Kala Show, writing about empowering lifestyle choices, reporting on new discoveries in the scientific and spiritual arenas or teaching to groups around the country, fans around the world tune in daily for her inspirational musings and lively thought-provoking conversations. Kala is the author of four books:

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----- Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second ediction of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor . If your followers at Twitter would benefit from this blog post, please use the little Green widget to let them know about this blog:


  1. Loved your guest blog today, Kala. Great tips! I'm looking forward to both you and Carolyn joining me at Book 'Em North Carolina next February!

  2. Thank you P.M. :-) Feb is going to be so much fun when we all get together for Book Em! Good Times! :-)

  3. Kala and I have been talking about Book 'Em! To learn more about this book fair, subscribers might want to contact you at @BookEm on Twitter. (I know you'll tell them all about the opportunities that await them! (-: )


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