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

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

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...

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Is Realistic Hope an Oxymoron?

  "Hope... is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles." ~ Samuel Smiles   If I'm putting my work out there, I'm asking for the ups and downs that go with it. Hope plays a big role in that. Am I...

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Diving Deep…and Staying There

“The key to developing a deep work habit is to move beyond good intentions and add routines and rituals to your working life designed to minimize the amount of your limited willpower necessary to transition into and maintain a state of unbroken concentration.” ~ Cal...

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Just Because You’re Hungry

"I love the beautiful distractions of the world - television and movies, video games, the Internet in general. But I try really hard to avoid them, because they don't help me become a better writer. They subtract hours from my day. And a writer's main currency is...

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Beyond Discouragement

"In spite of everything I shall rise again: I will take up my pencil, which I have forsaken in my great discouragement, and I will go on with my drawing." ~ Vincent Van Gogh Yeah, that's a pretty dramatic statement by Van Gogh. I don't feel...

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Who Am I To Be Discouraged?

"Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement." ~ Florence Scovel Shinn I haven't written a post in six months. I had...

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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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