napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: Perception is relative...I passed this rock formation every day for a year before I really examined it...occasionally, what you see is an illusion...and sometimes, the illusion is the truth. For writers, all our truths are illusions and all our illusions are truth...it's what keeps our readers enthralled. Have a #goodwritingday #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookblogger #bookstagram #books #booklover #writersblog #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #californiadreaming #californiaphotographer #californianature #winecountrywriter #NorthernCalifornia #napavalley #natureshots #natgeo #greatoutdoors #landscapephotography #authorslife

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday's Writer's Inspiration: Contemplation...who or what is your muse? What gives you inspiration? Is it a place or a memory? "O! for a muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention." (William Shakespeare) mine vary from day to day...but a spectacular dawn sky will always inspire me. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writingmaps #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #amreading #bookstagram #books #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #californiadreaming #californiaphotographer #winecountrywriter #napa #NorthernCalifornia #californianature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: If I'm dreaming about the beach, I thought I'd mix it up a bit🏖️ There are times, not when I'm actually writing in the moment, but after...when I realize that everything looks too 'perfect' and I recognize that my reader won't be challenged, which to me, is the death knell for any text. A writer that leaves nothing to the reader's imagination condems said reader to a lazy, disengaged, bored experience. Occasionally, it is important for writers to remember that they are readers too...don't steal the magic of using their imagination from your audience...let them explore the world you've created...then you'll have a book that will endure...one that will be carried through life as a treasured friend, rather than a fleeting acquaintance. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookstagram #books #booklover #whatinspiresyou #writingmaps #nikonphotography #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #beachphotographer #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #ig_sunrise

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: "Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment." (Carl Sandburg) I think that is true of both poetry and prose...as writers, it is essential only to unlock those doors for our readers...some will merely glance at the interior, some will wait for an invitation, while many (hopefully) will rush inside the moment the lock is turned. Have a a good writing day. #poet #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookstagram #books #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #nycphotographer #landscapephotography #greatoutdoors #natgeo #natureshots #nikonphotography #nikon

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Sometimes, I am so close to a character or a specific scene that I lose sight of the novel I expected to write...and I have to stop and reevaluate what my goal is. It is also one of the reasons that I began to outline. Although, being a panster has its own appeal...never really knowing where you're going is occasionally, quite liberating...a bit like a blind date in a strange city...you have to trust your instincts and explore life, or become that weird cat lady down the road who never mows her lawn. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #amreading #nanowrimo #imageastext #whatinspiresyou #writingmaps #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookstagram #books #booklover #nikonphotography #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography #nccn2017 #trees

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Monday Writer's Motivation on a Tuesday morning: It was to the steps of the #nyclibrary that was my first stop when I visited NYC. Even closed, I knew, behind those doors was a lifetime of books. "I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library." (Jorge Luis Borges) Maybe one day, my book will be there as well. It could happen! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #aroompfonesown #writersgarden #writingmus #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #amreading #writingmaps #writersjourney #writerscommunity #winecountrywriter #napavalleywriter #imageastext #bookstagram #books #bookblogger #writersblog #whatinspiresyou #nikon #nikonphotography #nycphotographer #nikon #architecturephotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Two iconic symbols; bookends of American History...one from the very inception of the Republic and one from its darkest hour...the National #911memorial sits beside Saint Paul's Church...both metaphors of American perseverence; the memorial built on the site of the horrific terrorist attack, and the church, a place of peace, built in 1776, and used as refuge and respite by first responders...there aren't enough words to convey the pain, the pride, or the promise they represent to me, but through it all... #wearestillhere #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #imageastext #amreading #aroompfonesown #writersjourney #writerscommunity #book #bookstagram #writersblog #bookstagram #nycphotographer #nikon #nikonphotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: waiting for Irma's trajectory to be decided on one coast while dodging wildfires on another makes one a bit distracted...it is one thing to write about the end of the world in some dystopian fantasy, but quite another to turn on the news and wonder how you protect yourself from natural disasters. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookblogger #bookstagram #books #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #nccn2017 #ncbrunswickislands #capefearsunrise #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #caswellbeachnc #natgeo #ig_sunrise

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: Don't be the dead tree in your landscape..."If I were to begin life again, I should want it as it was. I would only open my eyes a little more." (Jules Renard) Longing and regret seem to encompass way too much time in life...but somehow, when I'm writing, all that falls away and everything, especially time, becomes more precious. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #amreading #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookblogger #bookstagram #books #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #californiadreaming #californiaphotographer #winecountrywriter #napavalleywriter #NorthernCalifornia #californianature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography #napa

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Copia...like an unfinisfed novel that lacks focus, Robert Mondavi's original vision was as 'an institution to educate, promote and celebrate the culinary and winemaking achievements' of the valley, but the concept never became fully self sustaining and closed in 2008...until the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone bought it in 2015 to serve as their new Food Business School...Sometimes, if your reader is confused, radical revisision and editing can reap marvelous results. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #amreading #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writingmotivation #writersjourney #writerscommunity #winecountrywriter #writingmaps #writersblog #bookstagram #books #booklover #whatinspiresyou #whatisawtoday #californiadreaming #californiaphotographer #NorthernCalifornia #napa #nikon #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography #nikonphotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

A windy day in fire season does not bode well...the foothills in the distance are obscured by the smoke from innumerable #wildfires throughout Northern California. In case of fire...how many neighborhood dogs can I fit into the corvette? Thank God for #CalFire #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookblogger #bookstagram #books #whatisawtoday #californiadreaming #californiaphotographer #californianature #natureshots #trees #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

"All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking eccellence." (Martin Luther King jr.) May you have a good holiday and return to work ready to strive for excellence...and for those working on #LaborDay, bless you...been there, done that! #writers don't take holidays. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #aroompfonesown #amreading #bookstagram #books #booklover #writingmaps #winecountrywriter #napavalleywriter #whatinspiresyou #californiadreaming #californiaphotographer #landscapephotography #greatoutdoors #nikon #nikonphotography #natureshots

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Saturday at the beach: It's Labor Day weekend...I imagine the boardwalk is listing under the weight of all the umbrellas, chairs, sand toys and broken sunglasses discarded by the last of the visitors...the sea turtle nests have nearly all hatched without me...and the volleyball net is coming down...summer is over and I'm not there...except in my dreams, where I still walk every morning to watch the sun rise and gather my thoughts for another #goodwritingday #capefearsunrise #sunrise_sunsets_aroundworld #ig_sunrise #nccn2017 #ncbrunswickislands #caswellbeachnc #natgeo #beach #whatinspiresyou #clouds #nikon #nikonphotography #natureshots #greatoutdoors #beachphotographer #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #writingmaps #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersblog #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #books #booklover

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Friday's Meditation Moment: Here in Napa, the brix (sugar content) has been calculated and the vintage (harvesting) has begun. Determining exactly when to pick is an exact science...in wine as in writing, timing is everything. Getting the right balance of conflict and resolution is critical...can you ever have too much conflict? Sometimes balancing the variables requires a quiet moment of reflection...and a glass of wine. It's #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #amreading #aroompfonesown #nanowrimo #writingmaps #writersgarden #writerscommunity #writersjourney #writersblog #bookblogger #bookstagram #books #booklover #winecountrywriter #napavalleywriter #NorthernCalifornia #californianature #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography #californiadreaming #nikon #nikonphotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

My stash...I had to buy a second bag to haul all the #books I snagged at #WDC2017 ... now I have to be disciplined about my writing schedule instead of chucking it all to read! I am endlessly curious about other writer's processes...thus the abundance of 'how to...' books. Writing is a bit of a 🎢 but I love it! #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #aroompfonesown #writersgarden #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #amreading #nanowrimo #imageastext #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #books #booklover #whatare youreadingtoday #whatinspiresyou

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

A sylvan glade in the middle of a restless, chaotic city...a brief glimpse of possibility...the writer either embraces or rejects. Yet even in our rejection, we discreetly catalog the experience for use another time...memories, like forgotten photographs...the detritus of our lives. Have a #agoodwritingday #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #amreading #aroompfonesown #nanowrimo #writingmaps #writerscommunity #writersjourney #bookstagram #books #booklover #writersblog #whatinspiresyou #winecountrywriter #napavalleywriters #nyc #centralpark #nikon #nikonphotography #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography

napacaswellkwy (@napacaswellkwy)

Wednesday Writer's Inspiration: "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." (William Shakespeare) True, but if you sat in on the #WDC2017 conference with dozens of other writers, you'd soon hear the most amazing, ambitious and audacious dreams, even Will would be inspired. #whyiwrite #writersofinstagram #writingmotivation #writingmuse #amwriting #nanowrimo #imageastext #writersblog #writerscommunity #writersjourney #napavalleywriter #bookstagram #books #bookblogger #winecountrywriter #californiaphotographer #californiadreaming #californianature #NorthernCalifornia #natureshots #greatoutdoors #natgeo #landscapephotography #greatoutdoors #nikonphotography #clouds #heavenandearth #shakespeare
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