Writing Advice from Kelly DiPucchio/There’s No Place Like Om
Most writers don’t have any trouble bringing their attention inward. In fact, we’re pretty much stuck in our heads all the time. And that’s the problem. For most of us, our chatty minds just won’t shut up. In addition to our real world mind chatter, we’re also bombarded by the chatter that comes from our make-believe worlds. We’re constantly plotting and planning while loud, impatient characters compete for our attention. It can be very hard to cultivate creativity when your mind is so cluttered and noisy.
Meditation quiets the monkey mind. Have you ever stopped to listen to silence? As strange as that sounds, silence has a frequency. When we can attune ourselves to that frequency; when we can leave our expectations, our anxieties, and our egos aside, we create a gap in our consciousness. This gap allows us to become aligned with the creative forces of the universe and we literally become a channel through which information can flow. When this exchange of energy occurs, some really interesting things begin to happen: Inspiration. Clarity. Wonderment. Unexpected opportunities. It’s pretty amazing. If you don’t believe me, give it a try. Namaste!
Kelly DiPucchio is the award-winning author of several picture books, including New York Times bestseller, Grace For President. Her most recent children’s book, The Sandwich Swap, was co-authored with Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, and was featured on The Oprah Show and Good Morning America. Kelly lives with her family in southeastern Michigan. You can visit her on the web at: www.kellydipucchio.com
Bed Hogs (Disney-Hyperion, 2004)
Liberty’s Journey (Disney-Hyperion, 2004)
What’s the Magic Word? (HarperCollins, 2005)