Writing Inspiration

Get Out of the Harbor!

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Get Out of the Harbor!

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.” —John A. Shedd I like the security of the known, of the familiar, and yet the times when I’ve grown most as a person and a writer are those times when I’ve stepped away from the unknown, left the harbor and sailed out toward uncharted (at least to me) waters. Case in point: I have spent the last several years taking classes and spending time at Unity Spiritual Center of Denver, a new thought/metaphysical center that aligns with my values of living out of love and peace, of believing that our thoughts have a...

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Slow and Steady

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 4 comments

Slow and Steady

  It’s been three weeks since I’ve posted and it’s mostly because I’ve been working on my YA–yay! Slow and steady progress. This video is of me cleaning our pool. To pick up as much debris as possible, I have to push the vacuum very slowly; otherwise I stir up the debris and send it off to another part of the pool. As I was cleaning the other day, it occurred to me that this was a metaphor for how I was working on my novel. The more slowly and deliberately I approached each scene and character, the more fully developed they became. Surprise! I was...

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Workshop Notes Overload!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Workshop Notes Overload!

In addition to having the privilege of teaching at Lit Fest for Lighthouse Writers Workshop, I also had the pleasure of attending two craft seminars–more on the fabulous content of those in a future post. Today I want to talk about notes: the taking of them, the keeping of them, the not referring to them ever again (at least rarely in my case).  🙂  Recently I’ve been purging or rather—as Marie Kondo recommends in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing—holding on to those things that “spark joy.”...

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Half Year Check In

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Half Year Check In

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that in my critique group, the Wild Writers, we do resolution/goal/intention setting every year in January. We have a nice ritual of releasing writing-related thoughts, activities etc that no longer serve us, and then we do a check in, reviewing the previous year’s goals and talking about our plans for the current year. Inevitably, I have to remind people that things change and to remember the things they accomplished that weren’t on their list. Half Year, Half Done? Not quite. But I had a truly remarkable experience...

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Milestones

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Milestones

If you’ve been with me awhile, you know how I love to mark and celebrate milestones in my writing life. I see them as signs of progress–both in the project and myself as a writer. And when there are milestones in my family life, it always gets me thinking. Like this month. On May 13 our oldest graduated from college and our youngest graduated from high school last Saturday. Then on Monday I attended my nephew’s “graduation” from kindergarten. Fresh off my own kids’ graduation, this kindergarten one nearly knocked me off my chair. How far gone were those...

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Sweet Progress

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

Sweet Progress

I’m SO happy to report that I finally finished reading through the first half of my YA and marking it up (see pic)! I have arrows and marks and cross-outs and new stuff written in the margins, but I now have a clear picture of what scenes I need leading up to the midpoint and how I want to pace them. Yippee!!! I’m now in the process of entering the changes on my laptop, which is very exciting. Completing that task gave me such an energy and confidence boost. I fine myself longing to get back to it, but had to stop to complete work I’d committed to with deadlines this week....

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