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Monday, February 06, 2012


The Power Of Curiosity

Sure, I know the claim, that curiosity killed the cat. But I’m not buying it. I think curiosity made the kitty just a little bit wiser.

Curiosity is what propels cats and humans to find out more, and if you’re a writer, finding out more means answering the who, what, how and why questions that can jumpstart your writing. Just take a closer look at the world around you and I promise you’ll find a great idea worth writing about.

Don’t believe it’s that easy? I know something, right under our noses. Let’s pounce on today’s date, February 6th.

Did you know that February 6th is the feast day of Amand? Or Ronald Reagan Day in California? It also happens to be Waitangi Day, celebrating the founding of New Zealand, as well as Sami National Day.

Now, you probably recognize the name of Ronald Reagan. But aren’t you curious about who the heck Amand was, or what Waitangi had to do with the founding of New Zealand. And seriously, Sami? What’s a Sami?

Why not play around with one of those ideas? Amand is one of the great saints of Flanders and the patron saint of beer (Aren’t you wondering HOW he ended up as the patron saint of beer?). Check out Waitangi Day and you’ll find that this national holiday has seen quite a bit of protest (Now WHY would this celebration be so politically charged?). And the Sami? (That’s a member of an indigenous nation of the Nordic peoples. WHO knew? I mean, besides the Nordic peoples.).

Curiosity can be a writer’s best friend. So the next time you’re struggling with writer’s block, pull a couple questions out and let the power of curiosity open your mind’s door to the stories right in front of you.

You’ll be so much wiser, just like the cat. (But you’ll be the one holding an acceptance from a very satisfied editor!)

By Cathy C. Hall

And P.S. Aren't you just a little curious about Cathy C. Hall?

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Blogger Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Good reminder, Cathy! Thanks for sharing. :)

6:55 AM  
Anonymous tany valentine said...

And let's not forget that curiosity might have killed that little kitty, but satisfaction brought him back. Here's to curiosity! I'm so glad I was curious enough to follow you to this blog! :-)

7:30 AM  
Anonymous sally apokedak said...

Curiosity is a wonderful thing, I agree. I look forward to your posts here!

7:49 AM  
Blogger Cathy C. Hall said...

Hi Y'all!

Thanks for the encouragement and for stopping by! And now, I'm kinda curious about what Y'ALL have been up I'll "see" you in a sec! ;-)

8:03 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

Welcome aboard, Cathy! I agree, curiosity is a great adversary to writer's block. Now I have to discover how Amand became the patron saint of beer so that I can figure out how to become one of wine. ;)

12:56 PM  
Blogger Stacy S. Jensen said...

Glad to find Cathy here. Thanks for the reminder about curiosity.

2:27 PM  
Blogger Cathy C. Hall said...

Thanks, Angela! You'll let me know how that wine thing works out, right? ;-)

5:06 PM  
Blogger Linda O'Connell said...

Cathy your writing style draws the reader in. Have fun writing. I will follow Cathy on a stick. I will follow Cathy's schtick. I will folow here and there. I will follow Cathy ANYwhere.

3:37 AM  
Blogger irishoma said...

Hi Cathy,
Fun post.
Curiosity killed the cat, but information brought him back--and with all the useful information you share, you'll keep readers coming back!
Donna V.

4:30 PM  

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