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

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

Writing Flows and Ebbs

"And creativity is the same, where 90 percent of the work is quite tedious. And if you can stick through those parts, not rush through the experiences of life that have the most possibility of transforming you, but to stay with it until the moment of transformation...

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Novel Revision: Compiling Feedback

"Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort." ~ Paul J. Meyer I had planned to talk about writing through the blah, but I had my critique meeting last...

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Productivity Semi-Fail

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” ~ Abraham Lincoln Last week I was excited to try a new way of being productive. You can guess by the title of this post how it went for me. The above...

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Busy vs Productive: How Can You Tell?

"We use our gadgets for distraction and entertainment. We use them to avoid work while giving the impression that we're actually working hard." ~ Meghan Daum Some days I ask myself: What did I DO today? I can feel like I did a lot without...

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Gifts, Gratitude and Worthiness

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Have you ever had a life-changing day? One that you knew was unique and important and you relished with...

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Writing and Distractions Pt 2

"Working in a state of semi-distraction is potentially devastating to your performance." ~ Cal Newport in his book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. So last week's post had been scheduled for 9/3 and never went out so...

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Writing and Distractions

"I really love writing, but I am very easily distracted: my two cats fighting, a rainbow, a TV show... I have to use every trick to keep myself at the computer." ~K. A. Applegate Happy September! Distraction is one of my worst enemies as a...

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Playing the Submission Game

"It is strange that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting." ~ Elizabeth Taylor I was so happy to discover this quote. And pleasantly surprised that many times it's true for me. At other...

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Writing Rituals for Fun and Sanity

"There is a comfort in rituals, and rituals provide a framework for stability when you are trying to find answers." ~ Deborah Norville I think most humans crave ritual or at least routine. Here's how I use ritual to give myself control where...

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When an Idea Needs to Be Heard

  "I rewrite my books many times before submitting them, and after my editor takes a look I wind up rewriting some more! It's a good thing I learned at an early age to keep on trying. Stick to it, and eventually you'll get there." ~ Wendelin Van Draanen   I thought...

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