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Thought Control = Calmer, Happier Me

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Thought Control = Calmer, Happier Me

“It’s been proven that the thoughts we choose have everything to do with our emotions. I can tell you that a commitment to feeling good can take away a stomach ache, fear, depression, sadness, anxiety—you name it. Any stress signal is a way of alerting you to say the five magic words: I want to feel good.” ~ Wayne Dyer A commitment to feeling good. What does that look like? And how do I choose my thoughts so that I change how I feel? Don’t my thoughts and my feelings just pop up, out of my control? I used to think that. But after...

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Love the Writing: I Finally Get It

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Love the Writing: I Finally Get It

How many times have we heard another writer—often one with lots of published books—say that it’s all about the writing, that the writing is all that we can control and we should enjoy the process? I’ve heard it A LOT. I’ve also said it. Often. And though intellectually I knew it was true—that I can’t control whether an agent or editor will like it, whether readers will find it and it will sell—I still found myself focusing on those aspects. This meant that while I was writing, I was thinking...

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Ride Your Creative Star

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Goal setting, Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Ride Your Creative Star

2015 is going to be a good year. A blasting off year. A year of following our north stars, our “true north” as some put it. But what is our true north? For me it’s now more about being and less about doing, while infusing the doing with more being. Does that make any sense? I guess what I’m saying is that I’m trying to bring who I am, who I am becoming, and what I believe is important to live a rich life into my novels. That feels right and true to me so I’m listening to that. On the other hand, my picture...

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Intentions vs Goals

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Goal setting, Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Intentions vs Goals

Happy New Year! Those who have been following my blog for awhile know that I’m a big goal setter. This year I will be attending, once again, a goal-setting workshop for writers at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver. You can read about my impressions of last year’s workshop in a January post last year called At the Core of Our Resolutions. I’m excited to see how things go for me this year! In the last few months, I’ve been hearing about setting intentions instead of goals. As a writer who agonizes over the...

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Slow Down, Recharge

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Writer Tips & Tools, Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Slow Down, Recharge

As winter takes hold, the familiar desire to cocoon envelopes me. I like nothing better than to curl up with some hot chocolate or tea (I don’t drink coffee, but love the smell) and either read or write. There’s something about that whole winter hibernation thing that’s appealing, but I wonder if I can truly take advantage of it. Can I allow things to slow down so I can rest, take stock, and move more slowly so I have time to explore, think, and enjoy? The arrival of the holidays pushes us in the opposite direction with its...

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