My writing mojo …



I love words and phrases. I love words that make sounds; onomatopoeic words. Words that conjure up emotions. Words that inspire your imagination. I love to read and discover new words and build my vocabulary. In partnership with reading, I love to write. It’s a wonderful way to leave the hustle and bustle of a busy life. It’s meditative and ever so calming. When I write I feel my heart rate drop … in fact, I can feel it slowing down this very moment. It fires up my ;endorphins and I just feel so happy. For me, writing is a joyful activity. When I am working on my current novel; I am transported to a new world. As I step inside my character’s skin and live in her world I gain such pleasure. I feel so honoured and blessed to be able to do this and to love doing it. My imagination is enlivened. Think lots of colour and music! Every time I write I am developing my craft and my skill each and every time. Writing is my mojo.

And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
– William Shakespeare (from A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

I have always been fascinated with words and where they came from; their origins. When I was in Year 6 my teacher Mr Pigott also loved words and he would give us our grammar worksheets with information on the top that had fascinating information on the origins of words. There was a different word every week. I loved it. I developed an understanding of words 42 times that year back in 1978. Okay … my secrets out. I loved school. I loved learning. I love words. I love reading. I loved writing. I still do.

Etymology is the study of the history of words, their origins, and how their form and meaning have changed over time.

Writing brings so many benefits for me. There are probably other benefits not listed here that other writers feel are significant, but these are mine and so I share them you.

Enhance my imagination

As a teacher, my biggest goal is to instil the imaginations of my students and I do this through example. In the Drama classroom, I encourage my students to be innovative and take risks. This also occurs when I am teaching English in getting students to take risks in making an observation or comment on what they have just read. Nourishing your imagination helps you to take creative risks and in doing so strengthens you to take creative ventures in other areas of your life too. A healthy imagination gently nudges, or could very well push you, into trying a new activity, to have an adventure or search for a new experience in your life.

Creative imagination together with empathic imagination is a very powerful combination. If you look back at some of the great leaders of the past, most of them had a purpose; something bigger than what they wanted to achieve for themselves.

Develop my vocabulary

I am from an Australian Italian family. My parents migrated from the North of Italy and Sicily during the early 1950s and early 1960s. When I started school I did not speak English. I remember the Principal calling my mother in after school when she picked me up and advising her that it was important that I learn the functions of the English language. I was a bright girl and I picked up English skills quickly. I remember, with fondness, a sentence building resource where I got to use words and build sentences. I loved doing that activity and I was hooked. Unfortunately, it was the 1970s and the research of the positives of being able to maintain your native language while learning another were symbiotic to the development of skills for both. My mother declared to my Father that Italian would not be spoken to the children. She was a pretty gutsy mother … all 4″11 of her. My father was crestfallen but my Mother was strong and determined. Luckily I was still immersed in the Italian language and I can still understand it when it is spoken and when I read it. I practice yearly at the Italian Film Festival here in Brisbane. hen I have travelled to Italy within days it does all come back to me. It’s amazing what the brain can do.

But I digress … having a strong and varied vocabulary helps you to communicate clearly and concisely. You become an integral member of society and you can make informed decisions about a whole gamut of issues. You have the potential to change the word. If knowledge is power then words are the ammunition to source that power. And bad spelling is kryptonite; it will take you down. Your thoughts will broaden and you will be able to think outside the square.

Expanded abstract thinking: The larger your vocabulary, the easier it becomes to break away from old thought patterns and open new lines of reasoning. We often view our thoughts as shaping our words, but our words shape our thoughts, too. Each new word opens a new pathway for thought, and the more words you know, the greater your ability is to focus your own ideas and consider those of others.

For serenity and a sense of inner calm

Writing is cathartic. A purging of stress and tension. Have you ever noticed when you have so many thoughts swirling around in your brain or you have so much to do that you do not know where to begin? That your anxiety becomes alleviated, your breathing shallow and you become more fragile and/or irritable. For me when this happens I find purging all my thoughts into a list of To Dos or a journal … or writing in this blog … it helps to make sense of the muddle and helps me with my sense of direction. Writing can be your mediator and can avoid arguments and conflicts. By writing down what is upsetting you helps you to see it another perspective and then you can make an informed decision with less emotion.

Writing is meditative. Some have claimed that writing before bed is just as effective and calming as reading. It tires you out and prepares you to sleep.

There are so many resources out there to help you be a better writer. I have subscribed to a few blogs that are my go to to help me develop my writing further. I have listed these below. I have also done some courses at the Australian Writers Centre. AWC also have a Blog and Podcast. There are other great resources: blogs and websites online to help with your writing. Online editing platforms such as Autocrit can be very helpful. For Autocrit there is a basic plan. If you subscribe to their newsletters they do have special deals on their subscriptions that come up. I use these when I am writing my novel. I love them. It’s like having your own personal editor on tap 24/7. There is also a great event in November each year, the National Novel Writing Month (Nanowrimo) where your goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Go on … put it in your Calendar. It starts on the 1st Novemeber each year. But my biggest ally is Grammarly. This software is at your side always when you write. It doesn’t just alert you to spelling and grammatical errors, it provides synonyms for words that make your writing more engaging and interesting. I find that while using Grammarly I am developing my writing skills. I have embedded their video for you to look into more. There is a free option but if you do a lot of writing and you can afford it I recommend pay for an upgraded package.

Writing Blogs I follow:

Well Storied @

The Positive Writer @

Grammar Girl @

Pro Blogger @

The Writers Digest

What are your favourite Blogs?

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