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The Brilliance of Brainstorming

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

The Brilliance of Brainstorming

I’m in love with brainstorming. Especially with other peeps. For me, it’s often the brilliance of brainstorming that gets me back on my creativity track. I had two experiences of the brilliance of brainstorming yesterday—I feel so lucky! Group Genius One of the best things about in-person critiquing and workshopping is what happens when creative minds bounce off each other. At my in-person picture book critique group, we had time for some discussion at the end about my manuscript. Someone said something, then I said...

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Dare to Be Uncomfortable

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Dare to Be Uncomfortable

“The only time you can actually grow is when you are outside your comfort zone.” ! T. Harv Eker I don’t like to be uncomfortable. I don’t know anyone who does. But I’ve discovered that discomfort is not only where the growth is, it’s where the story is. Discomfort as Impetus Those of you who have been around for a few years have heard my journey around my novel, Fade Away, and how it has changed over the years. One of the biggest things that happened was when I was at a writer’s retreat with four...

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Getting Rid of Clutter…in Life and Books!

Posted by on Jan 21, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Getting Rid of Clutter…in Life and Books!

I’m not a hoarder but I keep things. I keep things because I think I may need them or because I don’t want to be wasteful or because someone gave it to me and I feel guilty parting with it. Home Clutter Like the cool container that held my Teavana mug (see pic at right). Hey, it’s so pretty! And sleek! And it was only used to transport the mug from the store to my house–what a waste. Argh. All of the spatulas even though we have five or more because maybe we’ll need all of them at once (Uh, no)? Or the sweater...

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Regis U Mile High MFA…Flying!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Regis U Mile High MFA…Flying!

I just finished participating and teaching in the very first residency for the Regis University Mile High MFA in Creative Writing. It was AMAZING and here’s why.The students had morning workshops and then in the afternoon there were craft sessions, social hour, dinner and readings in the evening. I was blown away by the caliber of the faculty and the quality of the readings. Much of it was so different from my children’s/YA world and I loved immersing myself in poetry, creative nonfiction, and essay. I’d been toying with...

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2015 in Review

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

2015 in Review

Now that I have my new year, new approach, I was interested to see how things turned out with respect to the Goal Setting class I’d taken a year ago at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Part of the class includes writing two letters to ourselves about our goals and giving them to the instructor, who then mails one to us in July and the other in December. Sort of a progress report that we forget about until it arrives in the mail. When I wrote the letters in 2015, I promised myself I’d be less specific or at least provide leeway when...

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