What’s your writing routine?

Do you have a writing style or routine – or like me do you just wing it?

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Do you have a routine for writing? A way of doing it which has become habit and which you know will get the best out of you? I was thinking about this having read a recent article on the subject.

Many famous writers seem to have these habits. I think the reason is that, to write a novel you need to get your backside on the chair and your fingers on the keyboard – regularly and for long periods of time, just to get the work done. I know only too well that novels don’t write themselves.

Murakami_Haruki_(2009)Here’s what the brilliant Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami had to say on the subject in an interview:

“When I’m in writing mode for a novel, I get up at four a.m. and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for ten kilometers or swim for fifteen hundred meters (or do…

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IT’S TOO EXPENSIVE TO EAT HEALTHY

“It’s too expensive to eat healthy”

This is something I hear people say all the time, but is it true? I guess it depends on what your idea of healthy is. What are your thoughts on this statement and why?

Here are five tips to improve your eating habits on a budget

1. Know your “clean 15, dirty dozen”
If you know what they are you can shop organic on a budget. Buy your clean 15 from your local fruit and veg market, they might surprise you with some of your dirty dozen organic options too. They are generally cheaper and have awesome specials on too.

You can google these and save an image of it on your phone ready for your next shopping trip. Mrs Flannerys is a great option for those dirty dozens you will want organic. I also shop at Nude Food Organics at Kawana too…so friendly and helpful!

2. Increase the vege portion on your plate and if your keen you could try raw recipes and reduce your electricity costs too. Meat is expensive and we tend to overeat it so reduce reduce reduce.

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3. Learn to use spices and herbs and ditch the prepackaged meal makers. Flavour from original sources are far better than prepackaged stuff and contain none of the nasties either. Really if something has been processed to an inch of its life how nutritious can it be?

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4. Prepare, prepare, prepare. Buy fresh produce that’s on special and create to your hearts content. Freeze for later meals and it saves you time later on, you can achieve this by cooking more and portioning out which also prevents you from overeating too.

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5. Grow your own. There are so many options and solutions for browning your own produce now and many who do report greater satisfaction at eating healthy when its their own grown stuff. If you have children you are also showing them sustainable ways of living for the future too, and setting an example as a problem solver.

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CONVENTIONAL UNSCHOOLING

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There is no question that our household is particularly in love with Ted, especially my teenager who fights her way through to catch a glimpse or hear those provoking words, and to be totally honest that name sends shivers up my spine. To the beautiful fellow mothers of daughters reading this cringing at the thought of a teenage girl and her 30-something mother swooning over a man called Ted – SHAME ON YOU – get your mind out of the gutter and focus! To those other beautiful souls who have caught on already – high five, you know you want to.

Okay so TED isn’t some hot surfer dude that whispers sweet nothings to an array of young ladies at the horror of husbands, big bothers, or fathers everywhere. However TED seems to have been evoking emotional, passionate and enlightened interactions throughout the entire globe for quite some time now. I love it and both of my children love it, although there was a brief period of time when my 7 year old decided that the familiar sound of drumming and water droplet was the obvious trigger for a Hollywood style sigh followed by “mums watching TED again”. Like water off a ducks back so to speak because firstly I think at least it wasn’t some crappy reality show or even worse a dreadful remake of Beverley Hills 90210, and secondly her sighing lasted a week before she started running to listen to and watch TED again like some little philosophical prodigy.

There have been some very memorable and multi-watch episodes/speeches of TED, generally the ones that are most uncomfortable, controversial, or shocking – because honestly if I wanted tulips and butterflies I would watch reruns of In The Night Garden. Here are some of my favourites (save or share this if you want to watch them later)

SHAME

VULNERABILITY

HILARIOUS STAGE FRIGHT

INGENIOUS STORAGE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND

And then there is this. The hope for our future. The light of tomorrow. Unschooling. In the most radical of ways.

HACKSCHOOLING.

Whilst it would be awesome if you watch the TED talk by this amazing 13 year old I realise that time is of the essence and unfortunately the essence bottle runs low all to quickly, so I will give you a rundown…what would it look like if you could cut and paste the education experience to fit what you wanted instead of sucking in a breath whilst people who now nothing of you try to stuff you in a box that doesn’t fit? I know the usual huffs and grumps are that – it doesn’t work, they wouldn’t be prepared, never get into university, left without a REAL education. What if you looked at what was available in your area though and hacked that?

This is exactly what my daughter has done. CONVENTIONAL UNSCHOOLING.

Yes she still attends school like everyone else, yes she works her butt off like everyone else. But she actually LIKES what she is learning and has no lack of choice either. How? My daughter attends an IB school. This means if she participates (and works her butt off) she can attend any IB uni in the world and won’t need an OP. It means she will leave high school with a diploma. All the while doing the subjects she wants with the freedom to tailor it to her. This program is so good I think I want to do it!

So I went to a meeting this evening at the school and the kids doing this program are passionate, driven, and look to be real game changers. They have taken what is available and chased it. I guess the one word that might make one cringe is the word ‘thesis’ being thrown around like a bouncy ball in a park. Lauren has however picked it up and is running through the playground with it…she is squealing over the vast ideas of thesis topics she could do. So what does she want to do?

“Mum I want to study the brain, I want to be a neurologist. Mum I want to find out what turns good kids into offenders. I want to study how our brains are already wired to heal our body. I want to study how to switch on our creative part like they do when they do electrical therapy”

I’m a proud mother. I’m deeply humbled by the complexities of this beautiful girl that has been entrusted to my care. I know she is going to be a game changer in this world…..she already is.

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