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

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

Are You Willing to Change to Get Results?

“To get something you have never gotten before, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done before.” ~ Celestine ChuaThe idea that we must do something we've never done before can be daunting, but also exciting. Scary, Scary, Necessary Change It's a known conundrum...

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Celebrating Writing Milestones

"Do not let great ambitions overshadow small success." ~ Miguel Angel Ruiz Happy new year! I totally forgot to post this while we were on our travels, but it's actually a good topic as we step into a new year. Celebrating. The New YA I'm a big believer in celebrating...

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Writing Flows and Ebbs

"And creativity is the same, where 90 percent of the work is quite tedious. And if you can stick through those parts, not rush through the experiences of life that have the most possibility of transforming you, but to stay with it until the moment of transformation...

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Novel Revision: Compiling Feedback

"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." ~ Paul J. Meyer I had planned to talk about writing through the blah, but I had my critique meeting last...

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Productivity Semi-Fail

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln Last week I was excited to try a new way of being productive. You can guess by the title of this post how it went for me. The above...

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Busy vs Productive: How Can You Tell?

"We use our gadgets for distraction and entertainment. We use them to avoid work while giving the impression that we're actually working hard." ~ Meghan Daum Some days I ask myself: What did I DO today? I can feel like I did a lot without...

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Gifts, Gratitude and Worthiness

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Have you ever had a life-changing day? One that you knew was unique and important and you relished with...

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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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