Posts Tagged "writing"

Claim Your (Writing) Power

Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

Claim Your (Writing) Power

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker Anybody besides me finding incredible power in that statement? Holy moly. Writer Power! Here’s where I see our power: Writing the best story possible. We have power over our story when we are writing and revising it. Revising based on feedback. We have power over what feedback we accept and how we revise our manuscripts based on that feedback. Doing our market research. We have power over the market research we do to target the right publishers/agents to the best of our...

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The Brilliance of Brainstorming

Posted by on Feb 4, 2016 in Writing Inspiration | 2 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 something, then someone said something else and voila! I...

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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 other writers and a scene came to me. In this scene,...

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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 I’ve never worn or the stacks of books and...

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New Year, New Approach

Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Writing Inspiration | 0 comments

New Year, New Approach

I’m a bit of a self-help/self-improvement junkie. I read or listen to a lot of books, watch inspiring videos, and always feel motivated to change…at least initially. But many of them have exercises or new ways of approaching my life and I rarely did them or if I did, stopped after a few days. This is also often, but not always, true with the goals and intentions I set each year for my writing career. This year, I’m going for a new approach. One Step at a Time How many times have I heard that phrase or even said it to someone in a well-meaning way? Too many to count. But...

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