Miss Beatrix Potter Hen

Miss Beatrix Potter Hen
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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

6 EGG-cellent Writing Tips from My Egg-straordinary Hens

The world if chock full of suprises! Simply look around you and you'll discover great things. As a backyard chicken keeper, I spend a great deal of time simply observing my fine feathered friends. As a country dweller, I must be on the lookout for signs of predators, and therefore, always supervise their free range time. Talk about surprises! Although I did a great deal of research prior to cradling my very first flock of day old chicks in my hands, hands-on learning is priceless. I could literally fill a half dozen books with what I've learned about chickens. However, they've taught me far more about life itself. So, imagine my surprise, when I overheard some very clucky insights...on writing?
Miss Felicity, my Speckled Sussex

1. A Simple Routine Reaps Great Rewards

    Chickens thrive on routine. They're not much for change. Kudos, to you-dos, my happy
    hens, because a simple routine will take you far in life. Routines provide guidance and
    help to keep you on track. You all know only too well, just how easy it is to go off on a
    social media tangent and leave America's next great novel or award winning blog to
    gather dust on your desk.
     If you're more of a flap-happy free spirit, your routine needn't be written in stone.
     It's always a good rule of thumb to allow some flexibility, just in case. After all,
     NO chicken worth its cluck would resist a nice juicy worm just because it wasn't
     on the schedule.  

2. The Power of Perseverance

     The humble worm doesn't stand a chance once spotted by the keenly sighted
     chicken. The dynamic duo of a chicken's egg-cellent eyesight and perfectly
     chiseled beak are winners every time. Flying insects, on the other wing, are more
     of a challenge. Watching my gals leap and flap while in pursuit of a flying, flitting,
     buzzing snack is great fun. Chickens aren't naturally good flyers. They're clumsy.
     But, what they lack in style and grace, they more than make up for in perseverance.
     They keep their eyes on prize and do...not...give...up! Enough said, yes?

3. The Importance of a Flock of Support

   " It's friendship, friendship, Just a perfect blendship..." Cole Porter certainly knew
    the value of  friendship. Having the unwavering support of friends is so important in
    life. Chicken flocks are the epitome of a support group! Flocks that forage together,
    stay together. It's just that simple.
    Writers need that same unwavering support. Having like-minded writers in your
    dog-eared book corner is the greatest gift-they wholeheartedly understand the
    plot twists of a writer's life.

4. Fuel for Thought

    In the wild, chickens eat from the land-pecking up a multitude of all natural nutrients
    in the form of bugs, grains, berries, and grasses is the best form of preventative
    health-care ever. Now, while a good balanced diet is necessary for the brain to
    function well, let's talk a little bit about another type of fuel. A good writer should
    always be reading, reading, reading-reading the classics, reading how-to articles to
    improve your craft, reading colleagues works, etc.

5. Promote Yourself

    Writers have to don a LOT of different hats to be successful. You have to write,
    research, edit, seek out markets for your awesome works, and you need to promote
    yourselves. Chickens are the most egg-straordinary egg-ample of self-promotion on
    the planet. Why, one simple "egg song" can literally be heard from miles away. Talk
    about promotion! Now, don't be shy! Take a cluck or two from the humble laying hen
    and sing your praises by posting links to your works, awards, and accomplishments
    on social media platforms!

6. Always Put Your Best Beak Forward

    Chickens are meticulous cleaning machines, continually flip-flopping in their dusty
    baths, flapping off all the dust and debris, and then preening to fine tune the
    process, so to speak. The end result is a beautiful, soft and fluffy, clean chicken.
    Just perfect!

    For writers, this means editing, editing, editing. Even though you may need to edit
    until the cows come home, the time you put into crafting your "just right" piece will
    be sooo worthwhile in the end.  Always, always, always submit your BEST work!

Now, while these six simple tips may seem like common sense; sometimes, we all need a
gentle reminder to stir things up a little. So, I encourage all you wordsmiths to always be
on the lookout for teachable moments. They tend to pop up when you least egg-spect it,
and may come from the most unlikely source...Cluck, cluck, cluck! Cheers!

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