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Too old is no excuse

Somewhere in my life, I went from feeling too young to do things to too old. The truth is that making the “age” argument is a cop out on both ends of the life spectrum. You can always find ways in which others are more experienced making you, therefore, too young. You can also find […]

Meditation for writers

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Meditation for writers

I have been meditating since I was eighteen years old, and I’d venture to say I’ve only scratched the surface of its benefits. My mind is too active, needing engagement at all times – books, articles, television, writing, talks with friends, anything. My thinking is never still. It is not exactly conducive to the zen state […]

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10 quotes that will restore your writing inspiration

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Writing inspiration. Too often, it’s hard to come by. The well runs dry, the work doesn’t come out the way we want it to and, if we’re at the stage where we’re trying to navigate the publishing industry, sometimes that can be a bummer. What’s a writer to do? One thing I enjoy is posting […]

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For Writers: What Pixar can teach you

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I am a big fan of animated movies.  I think some of the best storytelling of the last 20 years has been done in animation.  I was reminded of this fact twice this past week, one when I saw Inside Out and the second time when my son played me this animated short, an early storyboard […]

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Find your playlist

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I’ve often said that writing is about remembering. Even when you’re making something up (which is what writing fiction essentially is), you still have to access memories of your own emotions to write something that feels real. Music is great for that!

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What does it mean to be a prolific writer

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What does it mean to be a prolific writer

What does it mean to be a prolific writer? A short while back, a writing buddy shocked me by saying she admired my writing output.  Surely she must have just been blowing smoke.  One of my deep, daily pains is how little I write.  When I do sit down to write, words seem to flow […]

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Tools for Writers: Word Sprints

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Writing a book takes a lot of different skills: the ability to plan and stick to the plan (and know when to chuck the plan when it’s not working).  The ability to silence the little critic in your head and listen only to the muse, sometimes for years before getting any direction.  Probably the number […]

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What I was thinking about 20 years ago

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What I was thinking about 20 years ago

I went to my mom’s house yesterday and found her cleaning out her garage.  Although I’ve had my house almost 15 years now, somehow she still had a few of my old boxes of stuff from some move I made.  I brought them home, full of diaries and scrapbooks and pictures.  And the girl and […]

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My Writing Process Blog Tour

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One of my favorite parts about being a debut author is being initiated into the world of working writers.  I have uncovered a realm beyond my imagination, where fellow authors hang out in chat rooms and talk about all things writerly and in which experienced, successful writers generously share their information and contacts.  Probably my […]

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How to be a real writer

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I am a Real Writer.  All caps like that.  Not too long ago, I realized I’d been one since I wrote in my diary, at twelve years old, “Most of all, I want to be a writer.”  My book deal wouldn’t come until decades later, but that’s not what made me a Real Writer. It […]

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