Blab-o-Denise (aka Denise's blog)

My weekly blog about all things writerly--the joy, the pain, the unexpected and surprising

Happy New Year!

"By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own." ~ Mark Victor Hansen The new year always seems bright and shiny, full of...

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Intentional Decisions

“Intentional living is the art of making our own choices before others' choices make us.” ~ Richie Norton Just like our surroundings may kick in some subconscious automatic response, so too can facing a decision that shows up frequently. Maybe it's having coffee with...

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Beyond Auto-Pilot Living (and writing)

"Always say 'yes' to the present moment... Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life - and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you." ~Eckhart Tolle When I was a kid in church, I was bored. I couldn't connect to what was going on so...

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Auto-Pilot Living

"To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly." ~ Henri Bergson Change can be tough. It's part of life---literally as our cells die off and new ones show up---but we often resist it when it comes our way. There's no...

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Teen Con, Arm Skirts and Belonging

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.” ~ Brené Brown Yes, I'm on a Brené Brown kick. Used a quote of hers a few weeks ago and...

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NaNoWriMo One Year Later=Re-Visioning

“There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period.” ~ Brené Brown Fear of failure is big with most of us. In fact, in my last blog post way back in August, I talked about fear. Surprise. Fear is pervasive and I continue to learn to acknowledge it and...

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Where’s My Motivation?

"I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it by knowing what it is you're giving up that makes you resentful." ~ Marissa Mayer Yeah, so, over the last week or so, I've been highly unmotivated. I haven't felt like writing, prepping for...

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Where Did My Story Go?

In response to the question: "What's your worst writing habit?" "Too much revision. Sometimes I've lost possibly good work by going over and over it like a dog with a bone till nothing good is left. I've worn it out." ~ Cynthia Flood With a few of my picture books, I...

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When Good Books Aren’t Published

“The publishing world is very timid. Readers are much braver.” ~ Kiran Desai I started this post last night, writing about how I did, indeed, get my feedback wrangled for the YA and what my next steps would be. But I was bored writing it. And if I was bored writing...

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Feedback Procrastination!

“You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” ~ Bill Watterson This quote cracked me up---and also resonated. I've been planning to go through all of my notes and feedback on the novel since...

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