Where Do You Get Your “Buzz”? by Nevada McPherson

Let’s welcome back monthly columnist Nevada McPherson as she shares with us “Where Do You Get Your Buzz?” Enjoy!


I’ve been reading lots about raising your energy frequency to manifest the life you desire.

Is that also known as the Law of Attraction?

Whether you’re a fan of that or not, we all need to raise our frequencies to a certain extent to share our thoughts and visions with others, rise above rejection, and maintain the determination necessary to put our creative work out into the big, wide world.

It’s often an uphill battle but one we must fight daily, and some days are easier than others.

One thing that raises my frequency is spending time with my Chihuahua, Mitzi. Mitzi is a rescue from New Orleans.

When I think of how she was found living on her own in the woods before she was discovered and found her way to us, it makes me realize that even the smallest little animals have to be brave to make it in this world.

They don’t have a voice but we do, and any way we can raise our voice to help others, to enlighten, educate or inspire, we should do so.

Mitzi is sweet and loving, and can also be stubborn and a little bossy.

A little stubbornness goes a long way in helping us continue on our writing journey.

We are the bosses of our writing practice and the creators of worlds that without our time and effort of bringing them to life, wouldn’t exist.

Therefore, spending time with pets, and with all that shares in our life force and has a life force of its own, can inspire us to move forward.

Going for walks out in nature raises one’s frequency considerably.

Walking is a healthy activity. And connecting with nature and with ourselves as we spend time alone on a quiet walk is a great way to get in touch with our creativity.

When I go for a walk, it elevates my mood and helps me to put things in perspective. Not only do I work out issues in my everyday personal life when I go for a walk, I also work out issues in my writing; character, plot points, endings and beginnings are things that find shape when I get outside and start walking.

No matter my mood when I begin, it’s always better when I return, refreshed, frequency sky-high.

Another thing that raises my frequency in a very positive way is taking a nap when I need one.

Much like charging your phone to make sure you have enough energy to make it through the day, taking a nap when you’re tired for even just a few minutes can elevate your mood, sense of optimism, and ability to create.

You don’t have to take a long nap and wake up groggy. Just the fifteen to thirty minute “power nap” provides enough of a charge to enable you to get more done than if you had deprived yourself of some much needed rest.

Sometimes I find myself falling asleep at my keyboard late at night or during that middle-of-the-afternoon time when I have a bit of a “sinking spell.”

If I’m able to, I take a nap and wake up to a more positive attitude and the energy to use it well.

Coffee can be a useful antidote for the mid-afternoon slump, but it’s no substitute for the rest your mind and body are craving.


Of course, visualizing positive outcomes and the specifics that make up that “best life” are wonderful ways to raise one’s frequency, as well.

The things I’ve discussed here are all things that help me to focus on the positive, and to power through anything that doesn’t fall into that category.

When you feel good, you’re able to write better. We writers even have to write when we don’t feel good; sometimes that’s a way to feel better.

Still, those reserves we tap into to create art and weave compelling stories must be refilled, refueled and refreshed, and these are some things that help me.

What raises your frequency and keeps you “moving and grooving with some attitude” (as they say in the song “Funky Town”)?

I invite you to share your suggestions in the comments and look forward to reading what inspires and energizes you!

Happy writing!



Originally from Georgia, Nevada McPherson lived in uptown New Orleans for many years and now lives with her husband Bill and rescue Chihuahua, Mitzi in Milledgeville, GA where she is a professor of Humanities at Georgia Military College. Nevada received a BA in English/ Creative Writing and an MFA in Screenwriting from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. She’s written over a dozen feature-length screenplays, one short screenplay, a short play, short stories and two graphic novels, Uptowners and Piano LessonsQueensgate, the sequel to Uptowners, is her third graphic novel. For more information, visit www.nevada-mcpherson.com.

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