Archive | January 2013

Nature, Creativity and Writing

I normally don’t post about writing, but this is a topic in which I have a great deal of interest.  More and more we hear how disconnected we are from nature.  In fact, there is a new term called, Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD).

The term was coined by author Richard Louv in his book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder in order to explain how our societal disconnect with nature is affecting today’s children. We have become a digitally enhanced, suburban, urban-centric, society.  Our lives are so filled with scurrying to and fro that we seldom take time to smell anything let alone the roses.

I came across a great blog post that illustrated this by Nelson Suit, author of a book of poems, The Songs of Galangal, and a children’s book titled Els Oot and the Mapmaker.  He writes about research that was done that seemed to indicate people who had been on a 4-6 day hike performed better on assessments that measured their creativity.  This validates what I have believed all along, I am way more creative if I get my dose of nature that connects me to the universe.  He says it so well in his blog,

“Even if nature is not always “gentle” or “soft”, it seems true that our brains engage differently between the digital (on/off) choices of the computers that we have manufactured and the fluid dynamics of walks in nature.”

Take a minute and visit his blog, Wordcapering; I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Another Great Author Resource

Writing your book was the easy part; marketing is where you get your metal tested.  Most writers did not decide to write a book because they’ve always wanted to be a marketing expert.  In fact, most writers write their book without thinking about marketing.

As I advise, the time to begin marketing is before you publish. (see the page “Before You Publish, Begin Marketing – Your Author Platform”) But there are things you can do after you publish.  There are good FREE resources out there and one of them is called the Author Marketing Club.  It’s free to join and they have created an online community where authors can help each other with the marketing.  The site has many resources that you can take advantage of.  Here are some:

  • A review request system where you can put your book in front of readers who want to read and review your book
  • A thriving community of authors willing to share their marketing tactics and lessons, and failures
  • Helpful advice and resources for new and experienced authors alike
  • Specials and offers for discounted services to help you publish your book
  • Much more

I’ve tried the review system and what you can do is create a post in the forum and invite other members to review your book.  It’s a fairly new site and they are trying to get the word out.  As any start-up they are building their membership and it’s always nice to get in on the ground floor and take advantage of the free services (they don’t always stay free) .