Monday, May 23, 2011 | By: Karen Bishop

Stayin' Alive and Touring the World

Nope, I'm not referring to that infamous 1970's song by you know who or any tours they may have done back in the day. I can't say the name of the band or I'll have that song stuck in my head for days, maybe even weeks. *shudders* I'm blasting country in my ears right now because I started to hear the music for it. 

So, what were we doing besides reminiscing? Oh yeah, discussing what the title stayin' alive and touring the world means to the writerly life. *ahem* Some days trying to write seems like a chore or worse yet..*gulp*..a job! *gasp* It's all about stayin' alive to be able to move on and write the next article, even when you just want to throw your hands in the air. You just have to stick to it and, in the immortal words of Larry the cable guy, "git 'er done!" Just try not to take the Stayin' Alive express straight into frustration alley and go all postal on the first person your eyes happen to see.

Whether it's a good or bad day writing wise, we writerly types often tour the world through words. The words don't have to come from your fingers. They can slide into your field of vision from a fellow writer, a news story, a travel blog, or a piece in a magazine. Writers weave words and takes you on trips to other countries, above and below the sea, to tiny islands you never knew existed, or guide you to a new place in your own neighborhood. 

Words and pictures let you sample food from almost every culture, learn about animals, laws (weird or not), languages, medicine, history and so much more. So, the next time you sit down to write an article, think about how it might take someone else on a tour, ok maybe a slight pit stop, to your little piece of the world. Who knows, maybe this will help you the next time you're struggling to stay alive. 


Deirdra Eden-Coppel said...

You have a fabulous blog! I’m an author and illustrator and I made some awards to give to fellow bloggers whose sites I enjoy. It’s not a pass on award. This is just for you to keep. I want to award you with one of my homemade awards: Powerful Woman Writer Award for all the hard work you do!

Go to and pick up your award.

Lola X said...

Such a great post! Love visiting your blog!

Lola x