Sunday, May 13, 2007

Carol Olmstead's Feng Shui Tips for Writers

Today's is another guest-blog post, this time by Feng Shui expert Carol Olmstead. I know her, she's fantastic, and yes it works. (I used to think Feng Shui was silly until I began reading books like The Holographic Universe. Cutting-edge physicists are demonstrating that the universe is connected in ways our "rational" minds cannot begin to fathom.) Here's her post:

Feng Shui For Writers by Carol Olmstead

There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
W. Somerset Maugham

The rules for writing a novel may be a mystery, but the Feng Shui rules for setting up the space where you write are well known. Whether you are a professional writer, a would be author, or just need a creative boost to get your writing juices flowing, when you write in a setting that is balanced and harmonious, all of your writing efforts will be successful:

* Create a Writing Space—whether it is a separate room or only a corner of the kitchen, designate an area where you write; use the space preferably at the same time every day.

* Face the Door—sit in the power position, diagonally across from the door, so you are in command of your writing.

* Change Your View—hang artwork directly in front of you that shows gently moving water, which symbolizes flow and creativity for your writing projects.

* Add Living Things—surround yourself with plants and flowers to represent the Wood Element, which encourages growth of your writing skills.

* Enhance Your Fame—Display copies of your published works, complimentary letters, and awards you have won in the Fame/Future area of your writing space to encourage you to move forward.

* Call on Mentors—Place copies of books or articles from writers you admire in your Helpful People area to act as mentors for your writing projects.

Madam Mayo says: Check out Carol's excellent website, for many more tips and the sign-up for her free newsletter.