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Celebrate National Bookmobile Day!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Celebrate National Bookmobile Day!

I don’t know how old some of you are, but Thursdays were bookmobile days at my school. And even though our school had a decent library (full of Judy Blume, Norma Fox Mazer, and Beverly Cleary) and my mom took us to the public library a lot, there was something about having a big comfortable bus stocked with books that seemed magical. I can remember my excitement as I stepped up the stairs and into the narrow aisle where rows of books greeted my eager eyes. I was a starving child taking in a feast, not knowing which food to eat first....

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My Character, Myself: Creating Realistic Emotions

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

My Character, Myself: Creating Realistic Emotions

As I continue with revising my contemporary realistic novel based on feedback from my group, I have started to explore Sheridan’s emotional life more carefully as it relates to her character growth. It occurred to me that her journey was much like mine was a number of years ago–a movement from blaming others/situations for my pain and/or unhappiness to a more empowered place where I recognized my own role in my¬† emotional state and the revelation that I had the ability to choose how I felt in any given situation. Dr. Deepak Chopra...

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Novel Critique: Plunging Into Revision Pass #1

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Novel Critique: Plunging Into Revision Pass #1

On March 13 I talked about how I gather and compile feedback I receive from my critique group, the Wild Writers. Today I want to share the next steps I take. Before I actually open up the document to begin working, this is what I do–not necessarily in this order, hence the bullets . Make notes (mental and written). These are based on what has come from all that simmering after my initial compilation of the feedback. New scenes, revised scenes, scenes that must go, and so on. Some of these are more fleshed out than others, but I get them...

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Happy Happiness Day!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Happy Happiness Day!

Today is not only the first day of spring (woohoo!)–which brings with it (for me) hope, excitement, renewal, and infinite possibilities– but it’s also the International Day of Happiness. Let’s all take this day to bring happiness to ourselves and others! A few resources for ideas: Live Happy Magazine United Nations Huffington Post These are things I’m working to do every day of the year, but today they will have special significance. Here’s what I plan to do: Start my day with yoga and meditation Smile and...

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Novel Critique: Organizing Group Feedback

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Writing Inspiration | 6 comments

Novel Critique: Organizing Group Feedback

On March 6 I talked about my best practices when it comes to receiving feedback during critique group discussions. Today I want to explain my process for pulling all of the comments together in a way that is useful to me and my famous pea brain :-). Keeping in mind that we have over fifteen people in our group and even when only some provide feedback, there’s still a lot to sift through! But here were my steps. I took notes during the discussion. I brought my laptop and wrote down things that struck me, occasionally asking “Is...

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