For writers: How “The Christmas Song” can improve your #writing and ‘get inside’ your reader

For writers: How “The Christmas Song” can improve your #writing and ‘get inside’ your reader

What’s your favourite Christmas lyric – or song?

I get tired of Christmas songs this time of year – yet I never tire of The Christmas Song.

 

You know… ” Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…”

Christmas sentiments have been said many times – many ways – but this song really “gets inside me” and is so real because of the power of the sensory language – appealing to many senses. Here's how you can use these techniques to 'get inside' your reader through great sensory description!

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Why you should escape your phone alarm when you escape to Sirenia

Why you should escape your phone alarm when you escape to Sirenia

Sirenia Retreat encourages better sleep for better decision making and better creativity

If you sleep with your phone next to your bed – as so many people do – you should be alarmed – and stop doing it.

The ‘ping’ of alerts or messages often interrupts sleep – with people checking the messages ‘just in case it’s something important’.

Many people use the excuse – ‘but I need my phone for my alarm!’

An excellent book I’d reading “Sleep Smarter” advises us to just get a ‘real’ alarm.

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Writer’s Retreat or Writers’ retreat? Part 1/2

Writer’s Retreat or Writers’ retreat? Part 1/2

Oh, the pressure on writers to write correctly! Writers often agonize over writing problems that ‘non-writers’ don’t worry about. 

One of the big ‘problems’ is whether it is right to write writers’ retreat or writer’s retreat! Where do you put that pesky possessive apostrophe? Is the retreat for one writer or many?

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Executive Problem-solving – put down your problem and get out from under it

Executive Problem-solving – put down your problem and get out from under it

Having a problem hanging over your head can be so exhausting and frustrating.

You carry it around with you and when you are ‘under a problem’ you only see one side – the view from below.

One thing I learned from my corporate life – as a consultant paid to solve corporate problems – is to ‘put the problem down and walk away from it’ for a while.

When you put a problem down and take a break from it and then come back to the problem you can:

1. feel ‘refreshed’ and better able to solve the problem
2. see the problem from different angles
3. have a more detached and ‘less desperate’ response

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How a warm bath or shower can improve the flow of your ideas, problem-solving, writing and creativity – part 2 of 2

How a warm bath or shower can improve the flow of your ideas, problem-solving, writing and creativity – part 2 of 2

For years I made a habit of keeping a cheap paper notebook in our home bathroom and got into the habit of writing down a few key words to remind me of the ideas. This got more difficult in the colder months when your main priority becomes putting on some clothes to get warm fast. The ideas often ‘disappeared’ if I moved on to other things. When I DID jot down a few words in my notebook with its page warped where drops of water fell, the crude capturing device worked.

Recently, I found that a much better idea capturing solution exists in the US – a special waterproof notepad (Aquanotes) that you can use while actually IN the shower. There are even suction cups so you can stick the notebooks to the glass or tiles in the bathroom.

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How a warm bath or shower can improve the flow of your ideas, problem-solving, writing and creativity part 1 of 2

How a warm bath or shower can improve the flow of your ideas, problem-solving, writing and creativity part 1 of 2

When you are searching for clever ideas or trying to solve a problem, one of the best things you can do is take a break and take a nice warm bath or shower.

And as an Executive Escape and Writer’s Retreat, Sirenia Retreat has a beautiful wooden main bathroom with bath tub and shower, as well as another shower in the main bedroom’s ensuite.You could say it boasts a bevy of bathing opportunities!

You may have heard that famous story of Archimedes having that Eureka (I found it) moment while having a bath.

Modern science backs up this theory of getting good ideas or solving problems while taking a bath or shower.

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How typing on a manual typewriter can start the flow of your writing

How typing on a manual typewriter can start the flow of your writing

For writers, fear is not black…or dark. Fear is white… and blank - a blank white page…a blank screen…an intimidating white abyss.

One of the best writing tips I got to help me push through that white, blank barrier came from a movie “Finding Forrester” where the experienced writer (played by Sean Connery) advises a young writer to start typing someone else’s words to get a rhythm started. You generate momentum…a push and a pulse…and once you have started moving, the words you type change into your fresh and original words.

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How birdcalls and Sirenia serenity can improve your writing

How birdcalls and Sirenia serenity can improve your writing

The back deck of Sirenia is high up in the trees so you can’t help but hear (and see) the bird life. As you may know, James Bond author Ian Fleming had a special connection to birds. He would escape the English winter for 3 months to stay at his Goldeneye estate in Jamaica. There he would find the serenity, space and solitude to write a new James Bond novel each visit.

Fleming became fond of the many birds around his estate and he actually took the name James Bond from a real person – an American ornithologist and author of a book Birds of the West Indies.

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Sirenia Retreat, the Perfect Getaway!

Sirenia Retreat, the Perfect Getaway!

Isn't it always the struggle that you can't seem to find that perfect retreat? The one that fits into what works as a 'Business Retreat' but also allows for relaxation and inspiration; able to create that spark of creativity. Well, look no further! Sirenia Retreat certainly fits into those categories, with a variety of activities to do in and outside as well as area's to hold meetings and team buildings exercises. Sirenia Retreat is the perfect getaway for any retreat. Whether it's a writers retreat and you just need space in that creative zone to find your source of inspiration, or your looking for a place to do some activities as a team to strengthen work relationships. Sirenia Retreat is the place thats got it all.
 

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