Blab-o-Denise (aka Denise's blog)

My weekly blog about all things writerly--the joy, the pain, the unexpected and surprising

Writing and Distractions Pt 2

"Working in a state of semi-distraction is potentially devastating to your performance." ~ Cal Newport in his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. So last week's post had been scheduled for 9/3 and never went out so...

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Writing and Distractions

"I really love writing, but I am very easily distracted: my two cats fighting, a rainbow, a TV show... I have to use every trick to keep myself at the computer." ~K. A. Applegate Happy September! Distraction is one of my worst enemies as a...

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Playing the Submission Game

"It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting." ~ Elizabeth Taylor I was so happy to discover this quote. And pleasantly surprised that many times it's true for me. At other...

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Writing Rituals for Fun and Sanity

"There is a comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers." ~ Deborah Norville I think most humans crave ritual or at least routine. Here's how I use ritual to give myself control where...

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When an Idea Needs to Be Heard

  "I rewrite my books many times before submitting them, and after my editor takes a look I wind up rewriting some more! It's a good thing I learned at an early age to keep on trying. Stick to it, and eventually you'll get there." ~ Wendelin Van Draanen   I thought...

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Is Realistic Hope an Oxymoron?

  "Hope... is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles." ~ Samuel Smiles   If I'm putting my work out there, I'm asking for the ups and downs that go with it. Hope plays a big role in that. Am I Crazy to...

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Diving Deep…and Staying There

“The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration.” ~ Cal...

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Just Because You’re Hungry

"I love the beautiful distractions of the world - television and movies, video games, the Internet in general. But I try really hard to avoid them, because they don't help me become a better writer. They subtract hours from my day. And a writer's main currency is...

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Beyond Discouragement

"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing." ~ Vincent Van Gogh Yeah, that's a pretty dramatic statement by Van Gogh. I don't feel...

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Who Am I To Be Discouraged?

"Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement." ~ Florence Scovel Shinn I haven't written a post in six months. I had...

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