Writing Inspiration

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 both to Golden to meet the others at the Barnes...

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How To Beat Fear of Failure

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 2 comments

How To Beat Fear of Failure

You know how sometimes the Universe conspires to keep bringing you the same message over and over? Well, that happened to me recently when in the span of 24 hours, I heard the same message about fear, failure and resistance from about six different sources. Guess I need to pay attention.  We’ve all heard the adage that we learn more from “failure” than success. And I’ve always agreed with that, even as I’ve tried to avoid making mistakes or “failing” because I have this perfection thing going on. Working on my online course, I was living with the...

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You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

You Don’t Have to Be Perfect

I’ve never thought I was a perfectionist. I mean, I knew I liked to get things right, but I just chalked that up to wanting to do a good job. It wasn’t until I stepped back during the last couple of young adult novels I’d written that I realized I had a bit of a perfectionist in me. I often wouldn’t write the next paragraph in a scene until I got the current one “right.” I’d agonize over a particular word for several minutes, getting frustrated when I couldn’t come up with the “right” one. And this was during my supposed first draft...

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How Do You Know When to Let a Story Idea Go?

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

How Do You Know When to Let a Story Idea Go?

It’s happened to me more than once. I’m all fired up about a new idea for a picture book or novel. I jump in, scribbling madly. Several paragraphs or pages later, my enthusiasm wanes and I find myself struggling to go on. Sometimes this is a result of jumping in without planning, pantser-style, and I come to a screeching halt, having no idea where the story is going nor any sense that my character will lead me. Other times it’s because I just need a jumpstart, using one of the tips I described in last week’s post “How Do You Stay Excited About a Story...

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How Do You Stay Excited About a Story Idea?

Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

How Do You Stay Excited About a Story Idea?

“I dwell in possibility.” – Emily Dickinson I’ve always loved quotes and the inspiration they provide. Lately they’ve been helping me recapture my natural joy for living and writing. Dwelling in Possibility This quote made me think of how I feel when I get a new story idea that I think is brilliant . I often get goosebumps and my heart speeds up with the excitement of how I will execute it exactly as I imagine it in my mind and it will be received by adoring readers who think it’s as brilliant as I do. When it’s just an idea, there are endless...

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Transitions Can Be Hard in Life and Writing

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 8 comments

Transitions Can Be Hard in Life and Writing

My mom left her body on May 7 around 6:20 pm and headed off into the Universe. I was there, along with my dad, my three sisters, my brother, my husband, brother-in-law and a few friends. On Monday, my sister, brother and I were with her, watching an old episode of Matlock, which she used to love when it was on regular TV. She complained that she was having some trouble catching her breath, but other than that, was listening and talking. Two days later she was gone. All of my sisters and I wrote something to share at her service on May 14. I spent hours on my poem, crying through most of it...

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