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Finding Inspiration for Creative Writing



When broadly defined, creative writing could be referred to as a pursuit of artistic expression through the written word. Regardless of the genre, which usually includes non-fiction, poetry, prose, poems, and memoir, creative writing offers endless possibilities for particular forms of writing, as well as the development of a personal toolbox of skills, styles, and strategies. However, no matter how important your skills and writing techniques are if a creative writer is not inspired, there will be no final product after all.

Inspiration for writers is of great importance. Thanks to inspiration, a creative reader becomes a creative writer; inspiration sharpens and emphasizes our sense and develops an understanding of human nature. Inspiration also improves our capacity to appreciate nature, achieve mental discipline and spiritual connection to our writing. So, imagine being a creative writer who cannot get a grasp of their inspiration, and ultimately lose all of the benefits inspiration brings. If you’re reading this article, chances are your inspiration is nowhere to be found as well. Luckily, there are many ways you can find inspiration even in the toughest times of writer’s block. But, before we look into the details, make sure to hop over to for excellent writing services, tips and tricks you can use for your essays or papers.

Go for A Walk

Many studies have shown in the last few years that walking is one of the best ways to think and get inspired. Steve Jobs, for example, was known for his walking meetings, or William Blake and William Wordsworth were known as writers who couldn’t write if they didn’t go for a walk before. Creative thinking improves when a person is walking by 60 percent, so no wonder famous writers and thinkers spent so much time merely walking.

So, how does this actually work? First of all, you need to go for a walk, outside. Walking indoors, like on a treadmill is a form of exercise but doesn’t provide the same benefits as going for a walk in nature does. Walking outside is still an exercise, but for your brain. Therefore, when feeling uninspired by anything, make sure to go out for an at least 30-minute walk. If there are no sights of nature around you, it’s okay. Just the ability to breath in some fresh air, walk by numerous people, or becoming aware of your surroundings can be enough to boost your inspiration for the day.

Don’t Force It

It’s a common practice of many writers nowadays to force themselves to write, only to fill a quote for the day. However, this method can be energy and inspiration-draining because one is just not capable of producing so much work on a daily basis. Sometimes, people do have a good run and manage to write for an extended period of time, but after that ends, their inspiration seemingly cannot be restored. At that point, forceful writing seems like a solution. However, no quality work will come out of it.

Instead of forcing your inspiration upon your work, consider taking a break. Creativity comes in waves, and it is essential to be patient before it hits the shore. For example, if you need to complete two pages of writing in a day, and you can’t seem to think of anything interesting, just leave it. Go for a nap, or a walk; make lunch, enjoy some time listening to music or reading. It is important to distract your mind from the thing that triggers stress and hinders inspiration. After a few hours, or even days of taking your time, try writing again. You should be able to think of something interesting enough. If not, that is a sign you need more time off. However, don’t take advantage of this and use it as an excuse to be lazy and turn into a slacker. At some point, you’ll need to push yourself to write more than a few days off can do.

Good Read for Better Writing

Chances are that if you’re not a reader, you’ll have a hard time becoming a writer. Not because you won’t be capable of producing good work, but because you’ll have an extremely hard time getting inspired. By reading, you are gaining insight into other people’s writing process, imagination, thinking, and the things that get them motivated. You can always use other people’s writing for your own inspiration too. However, make sure to draw a line between getting inspired and copying someone else’s work.

So, make sure to go to the library or a local bookstore and find that one book or title you think will be a good read. Spend some time discovering the author and their writing style; learn about their creative background and the things that inspire them. You can always learn so much from writers that no one else can teach you. Once you’re done reading, spend some time thinking about the content of the book and what it means in respect to your life.

Figure Yourself Out

According to WritersDigest, there is no better way of finding inspiration than in yourself. You are the only person in this world you’ll ever truly know, and you should be aware of your uniqueness when compared to other people. So, what you need to do is finally embrace everything that might be a little awkward, quirky and interesting about you. Those things make you stand out, so use them for inspiration and for writing a piece that will also stand out.

Moreover, try finding your own voice, style, and things that have made you write at some point. This will allow you to become a writer in the first place; someone who can deal with their struggles, challenges and even victories uniquely and effectively. Finding inspiration and creativity in yourself is a guarantee your work will be unique and outstanding since we all are different, special and we have our own voice


The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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Events In April Bring Easter, Spring and Flowers Galore.



Photograph: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Macy’s, Inc.

Join the Judy Garland and Fred Astaire tradition with the Easter Bonnet Parade on Fifth Avenue. There is also the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden or right at home the flower show at Macy’s. On select Fridays every month, you can enjoy Free Admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum between 5 pm and 9 pm.

Until 4/9: Macy’s Flower ShowThe show includes beautiful, bright floral arrangements, special events including live music, and kids’ activities.

until 4/23: This is The Orchid Show‘s 20th year. Reconnect with nature while experiencing the picture-perfect beauty of the orchids. On select nights, adults can experience the exhibition through Orchid Nights, with music, cash bars, and food available for purchase.

4/1-30: Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival. The festival, hosted by the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, celebrates Japanese culture and the arrival of spring. It features a variety of cultural performances and activities, as well as a small flea market, tea ceremonies, and crafts. The highlight is the magnificent display of cherry blossom trees, with over 200 trees in full bloom. Visitors can admire the pink and white blooms and enjoy a traditional Japanese atmosphere. Tickets are usually around $40 for adults, though seniors and students get a reduced rate of $35.

4/7-16th: The New York International Auto ShowThe first new york Auto Show took place in 1900, for over 120 years now they have been sharing what’s new and interesting in the auto industry.

4/9: The Easter Parade starts near St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 10am. The tradition dates back to the 1870s, where elaborate bonnets and fashion galore is full frontal.

4/9: “Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time,” comes to MoMA.

4/15: The Tartan Day Parade is an NYC tradition that offers attendees a unique way to celebrate and honor Scottish culture. For the 25th year, there will be bagpipes, dancers, and even Scottish dogs marching in the parade. Attendance is free and open to the public. In addition to the parade, expect a whole week of Scottish-themed events and festivities.

4/15: Pillow Fight in the Park at Washington Square Park.

4/15: The New York Restoration Project is giving out 3,500 free trees to New Yorkers across all five boroughs. To get one of the 3,500 free trees that will be given away, register in advance on this website, where you’ll also get to browse through the current list of distribution dates, times and locations.

4/15 and 29: f the likes of udon, yakitori, ramen, and taiyaki make your mouth water, then mark your calendar for Japan Fes in Chelsea. The event will be held from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and is considered a paradise for Japanese foodies and cultural enthusiasts.

4/16: Holi in The City demands food, music, dance, and fun while embracing people and organizations from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

4/22: Earth Day celebrated in NYC with a festive, family-friendly outdoor fair in Union Square. There will be dozens of exhibitors, interactive displays, a green-vehicle show, family activities, music, and entertainment. 12-6pm.

4/27: Attend The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

4/27- 30: Antiquarian Book Fair now in its 63rd year, this festival for book collectors at Park Avenue Armory for a full weekend of first editions, maps, manuscripts and other treasures from literary epochs past from nearly 200 exhibitors.


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Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, George Pettignano Bring Patsy’s Italian Restaurant To Life



Patsy’s Italian Restaurant has been known for years as the restaurant made famous by Frank Sinatra, and his family still enjoys dining here whenever they are in town. George Clooney’s aunt, cabaret singer and actress Rosemary Clooney, was once quoted, “Patsy’s is still the best Italian restaurant in town. I make a pasta pilgrimage there every time I return.”

Other long-time high profile patrons who consider Patsy’s Italian Restaurant their Manhattan dining room include, Tony Bennett, Michael Bublé, George Clooney, Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, Tony Danza, Jennifer Lopez, Liza Minnelli, Al Pacino, Rihanna, Martha Stewart, Ben Stiller, Oprah Winfrey, and many others.

Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo

We all had the pleasure to join Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo for a very special Private Lunch on March 18th hosted City Guide and Eli Marcus.

Eli Marcus,George Pettignano

Chef Sal shared some of his riveting stories about celebrities, sports stars and others famous guests. Ha also told us a few one-of-a-kind frank Sinatra stories about Frank’s exclusive table near we were seated.

Popular entertainer George Pettignano, a cousin of Bobby Rydell, sang classic tunes from the 40’s to 70’s ranging from Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Beatles, Elvis & more!  George, as a former Hollywood stunt man, shared some of his classic stories

Eli Marcus

Everyone enjoyed a great meal and then danced the afternoon away!

Eli Marcus, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo, Errol Rappaport

Errol Rappaport, Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Eli Marcus

Steve Garrin, wife, George Pettignano

Colin O’Leary Celebrity Chef Sal Scognamillo,Rena Sylvester, Eli Marcus

Colin O’Leary,Rena SylvesterErrol Rappaport

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