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My 10 best tips on how to create a consistent writing routine

It is September 8 and today I am starting my 30/30 book writing challenge!

30 days, 30 minutes a day. That sounds doable, doesn’t it? I have announced this challenge in my previous blog, the “If I had time off, I would write a book” lie and a couple of awesome ladies responded by announcing their own writing project they will tackle alongside me in those 30 days.

And this is basically already my first tip for creating and sticking to a creative writing routine.

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my month in review

My month in review-August 2022: Walk, write, eat, repeat

I love the word eavesdropping. This morning I eavesdropped. Is eavesdropping even a verb? Anyway, this morning I overheard, while walking up the stairs towards the breakfast room of Haus Hirt, that the guests from rooms 32 and 33 will be arriving at noon. Pardon me? We are the guests in room 32 and 33. I know that for sure; I just left my sleeping kids and my husband in rooms 32 and 33 to go upstairs and write my weekly blog about my creative writing adventures. My month in review – August 2022. Suddenly it feels like I only have a few hours left of this wonderful month of mindful walking, creative writing, and eating splendidly. Then the family that is moving into rooms 32 and 33 will be here and take over.

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The “If I had time off I would write a book” lie

I have a confession to make: I am not writing every day. I am writing a lot (hello, have you seen all the blog articles I have written since I started out less than 3 months ago?!) But I am not writing every day and I am certainly not writing my book every day. The non-fiction kind of memoir book that I wanted to write and complete (!) during my sabbatical. I have fallen deep into the “if I had time off I would write a book” lie.

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walk & write

Mindful walking and writing: Getting fresh thoughts on paper

I am on Bornholm, my new favorite little island. Following my recent experiences with mindful walking and writing, I know how to get right at the missing chapters of my book! And so today I will take you on a mindful walking and writing experience with the purpose to get some fresh thoughts on paper! 

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walk & write

Mindful walking and writing: Walk of thoughts

I leave our summer house at 5.30 am. It wasn’t planned; I was awake, and the beach and my notebook were calling me. Walking and writing is like meditating. I love the movement of my feet and my mind. Thoughts come. I write them down, then they can leave. I am practicing this mindfulness walking and writing combo on one of the most beautiful beaches of the world: Dueodde on Bornholm. Within the next couple of hours, I will be walking 14 km from Dueodde to Arsdale on the Kyststi, the coastal trail around the island.

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walk & write

Walk and write: Memories of the Via Francigena

Recently I have been experimenting with mindfulness techniques other than journaling: meditation and mindful walking.
Very early on during my 6-month unpaid leave – in weeks 2 and 3 in fact – I walked on a long-distance trail called the Via Francigena that runs all the way from Canterbury, UK to Rome, Italy. I had learned about this trail several years back when I was sitting on a plane on a business trip. Back then the only mindful moment in my life was reading through those self-care magazines I used to buy at the airport before boarding.

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my month in review

My month in review-July 2022: The Writing Flow goes live

What a terrific month! I am so excited that I finally launched my creative writing passion project: The Writing Flow. And I am particularly happy that I got to celebrate with so many great friends! More celebrations towards the end of the month: celebrating our 9th wedding anniversary with family in Denmark and to top it off: at Noma in Copenhagen!

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writing prompt

The princess dress of my memories

“Mommy, what did you say when the priest asked if you wanted to marry Daddy?”, my 6-year-old asked over dinner. She was unusually chatty this evening. “Well, I said yes.” Surprise, surprise! I said yes in a church because I wanted that white dress. A spectacular white dress.

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coaching creative writing

7 reasons why I love teaching creative writing

A few years ago, I almost bought a plane ticket to escape the overwhelming stress that was consuming my life. I had put everyone else’s needs over mine for too long. I was exhausted and ready to run away from it all. I didn’t buy that plane ticket, but I booked several creative writing workshops. That turned out to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Discovering my own creativity through writing has grounded me, empowered me, and reinvigorated me so I could return to my day-to-day life with greater clarity and purpose.

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Mutter mit 2 Kindern

My month in review – June 2022: Blogging is my new passion

After spending the first two month of my sabbatical recharging my batteries, I worked and played hard in June. I started blogging and published two blog articles on creative writing and two articles on gender equality and tips for working moms (in German). The reactions and messages following the publication of these articles were simply heartwarming and overwhelming!

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Dr. Stefanie Koettl-Brodmann