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Word Shifts, Attitude Shifts

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Word Shifts, Attitude Shifts

So, we’re past the halfway point of 2015—can you believe it? I can’t. In January I wrote about intentions vs goals and set my intention for the year: “I intend to immerse myself in the creative process, enjoying each step—even the ones that are challenging—and revel in my growth as a writer and a person.” I’ve stuck very closely with this so far and it’s been amazing. Letting go of specific outcomes, really immersing myself in my stories—wow. What a fabulous experience. I feel so...

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How to Jumpstart Your Spark

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

How to Jumpstart Your Spark

Piggybacking on last week’s Recoloring Blue Days, I wanted to talk about how to jumpstart your spark of creativity when you can barely see it or it’s gone out completely. Working through my grief over my mom’s death and the death of my friend, Caroline, I haven’t been able to muster up too much creativity. I understand why and am giving myself the space I need, but there was a part of me that longed for it; longed for the joy that comes with creating. The spark flashed briefly a couple of weeks ago when I woke up with...

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Recoloring Blue Days

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Recoloring Blue Days

Usually I’m the Queen of Positivity. If you’ve been reading my posts, you know that. I find the silver lining, the thing I’m grateful for, and the sun comes out again. But through most of May the sun was rarely out, literally and figuratively And ironically I was working on one of the lessons for my Find a Publisher course called “Staying Positive.” I have all kinds of ideas and tools to help me stay as positive as possible in my career. So I was putting together my slide show, feeling like a fraud because I was...

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Marketing vs Writing: The Smackdown

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Marketing vs Writing: The Smackdown

Marketing vs Writing. The continuing battle. You’ve probably heard the same percentages thrown around that I have: Authors need to devote 50% of their time to marketing. Or more. I believed this for the longest time and pushed myself to do more author visits, come up with creative ways to get the word out, spend time and money on giveaways and such. The end result was that I felt miserable and burned out. In fact, I was so burned out that I took a hiatus from school visits—something I used to love to do—because I was tired...

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In Spirit Now, Caroline

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

In Spirit Now, Caroline

On June 18, my friend and colleague, masterful writer, generous teacher, and sweet soul, Caroline Stutson, transitioned into Spirit. She went on her own terms after she found out she had cancer. My heart is breaking, but I like to think she is chatting it up with my mom and that they are both enveloped in joy. Caroline was a beautiful writer and a beautiful person. After Caroline left our large critique group, some of us formed a smaller group which would meet every quarter or so. Caroline would drive to my house and then I’d drive us...

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