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Friday, February 11, 2011

Cupid Energized

by Marcy Collier

Did you ever meet or work with a group of creative like-minded people? If so, how has that left you feeling? Energized? Recharged? Think back. Maybe at a conference, writer’s weekend or perhaps getting together with your critique group? After meeting with writers like yourself, did you go back to work on your manuscript with renewed energy?
I know I always do.

I feel extremely lucky to be a part of the Route 19 Writers blog. Each one of these ladies and gentleman (I can’t forget you, Dave) bring a variety of assets to our blog. Some are super detail-oriented, others are organized, many can always find the precise word that fits and some tell stories that are fall over funny. When we brainstorm together, a small snowflake of an idea often turns into a snowball as we each give our input. That sense of excitement when I talk with other creative minds drives me to push forward on my own writing.

Since we are well into the month of February, I encourage all of our readers to find a way to recharge your writing, whether it’s going to a conference, meeting other writers in your area or joining a critique group. I encourage you to post and share your story with us. If everyone adds one small snowflake of advice, together our ideas will snowball into an avalanche of creative energy.

And to help recharge your writing, here’s a recipe for a healthy green smoothie energy drink that will definitely give you the boost you need to finish your manuscript.

Writer’s Green Smoothie

Writer's Green Smoothie

1 bunch green kale
Handful of spinach
1 teaspoon of ground flax
1 banana
1 apple
Handful of blueberries
1 cup of ice

Blend until smooth and enjoy!

I am a super picky eater. If you can get past how “green” the smoothie looks, you’ll love the taste. The fruit, especially the banana is what I taste when I drink a green smoothie.

To learn more about the health benefits of flax and kale, please visit the following websites. Always consult your doctor before starting a new diet.


  1. After the stormy winter we've had here in southwestern Pennsylvania I need a boost. Getting together with a good group of writing friends always helps. I may even try your energy drink.

  2. My daughter loves smoothies, but even though she's now 18, i'll have to sneak the kale into the drink! In a field where rejections are almost a monthly occurance we all need a boost in whatever force we can get.

  3. Marcy, I've been trying your drink. The green color makes me feel healthy! Tomorrow I plan to add more berries. I really like the apple in it.