Posts Tagged "writing"

Inspiration Junkie

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Inspiration Junkie

It’s true. I’m an inspiration junkie. I love listening to speakers who say things that give me goosebumps or fire me up about my purpose as a writer. I love leaving a talk feeling like I can do anything and be the kind of writer I’ve always wanted to be. I am Writer, watch me soar. That’s why I can’t wait for the 44th annual SCBWI Conference in LA this weekend. It doesn’t get much better than Newbery Medalist, Kwame Alexander, Fancy Nancy author Jane O’Connor, the hilarious Adam Rex, the enchanting Shannon Hale, the amazing Mem Fox…and...

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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 a new picture book idea. I jotted it down...

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

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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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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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