Facing fear as a writer and if you should

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Facing fear as a writer and if you should

Facing fear as a writer and if you should

I have begun reading a book by my favorite writer/speaker/teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh, called “Fear”. Get yours by clicking the image The first thing it addresses, right in the introduction, is how we give into fear. Even when we are surrounded by the people who give us the most joy, we still have this feeling peering over our shoulders like a curious onlooker. We cannot escape the things that give us chills. They are always with us, in the background, waiting to jump out at us when we turn a corner. This is especially true, I think, for creatives. We

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How being a pet mom taught me to write better

How being a pet mom taught me to write better

I have been a pet mom for all of my life, I think. My first dog was a collie. I had him back when I was in middle school. I have downsized in dogs since then. I recently caught myself scolding my little Chihuahua the same way most mothers scold their child. “Now don’t you drag that mess out in the middle of the floor again,” said I. Chihuahuas are sort of peculiar when you say things sharply to them. She looked at me with her sweet little head cocked and proceeded to do just whatever she wanted to. She’s

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Creative words: What they look like

Creative words: What they look like

Creative words: What they look like Have you ever noticed how there are specific words that are used when people are exercising their creativity? Well, at least to me, it seems that certain words are the forerunners of a creative exercise. For example investigate these: Imagine… What if… Let’s try this… See what I mean? It’s almost like creatives start out their creativity stint with specific words. And I do mean ALL creatives, even musicians, even painters. Especially writers. Writers usually begin with a what if question and go from there. Exploring our creativity means being observant, asking questions, listening

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Writing a novel first draft via Nanowrimo

Writing a novel first draft via Nanowrimo

Some of us have already ended Nanowrimo, and some of us are about to do so with the close of November. No matter if you have succeeded with the 50,000 words or not, we all have gotten SOMETHING on our work accomplished and isn’t that the whole purpose? This post is for those who are now holding that precious first draft. Rock on, you writer, you! GIVE IT A WHIRL I made my own story a nemesis this month by writing something from the seat of my pants, no outline, no idea what it would be. And it is a

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Indie Publishing in 2016: Make it Good

Indie Publishing in 2016: Make it Good

By now we all know that ebooks are not a passing fad, and that they haven’t killed traditional publishing. In fact, the NY publishing world accepted them as much as anyone, although the pricing structure is way different. (Some say that the way trad pub books are priced as ebooks MAY kill them. but we will see). Since about 2010, I have been paying attention to how things are going along. I have learned a few things too. Here’s what I have learned about publishing: Discoverability is hard-as hard as it has always been-harder than ever. Traditional publishing is still

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