Inspiration

Staying Inspired

Staying Inspired

Sometimes keeping the writing engines revving is all about staying inspired. Lately I have been attempting to dip my toes into the pool of finding an agent. The process is a bit harsh to one’s self esteem, and I found myself going back to my finished novel and examining and reexamining it for flaws. This…

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Discipline

Discipline

Sometimes, I find it hard to be disciplined about writing, especially when I am busy with work and family. I realize that if I want to make the jump from amateur to professional, then I better pull myself together, buckle down and get the work done. Discipline takes practice and perseverance. You can have all…

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My Writing Journey

My Writing Journey

It is very easy to give up on writing when you have enough rejections to wallpaper a room. After all, why should we waste effort for something that may never be published? Why should we continue to write year after year as the rejections continue to pile up. But that is not the crux of…

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Great Artists Steal, Sort of

Great Artists Steal, Sort of

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” ~ Pablo Picasso A woman writes in a secluded room all day and submits her story to workshop the following day. The next week she is blasted for the unoriginality of her work. She ponders on how her work could have been unoriginal when it originated from her isolated…

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Commitment to Writing

Commitment to Writing

I struggle with my commitment to writing. When I worked as a journalist it was easier. I would walk through my day on the look out for good stories, for juicy tidbits, for possible leads, gather all those pieces and head to my desk for some mad writing. As a fiction writer, the habit of…

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NaNoWriMo Writing Sins

NaNoWriMo Writing Sins

November is just around the corner. In the writers world, that means NaNoWriMo. Yep, National Novel Writing Month, when a bunch of crazy writers decide this is the month they are going to write the novel that has been languishing about in their brains or hard drives. This is the month that writers take on…

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Smaller Goals for NaNoWriMo

It is that time of year again: NaNoWriMo! For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it stands for National Novel Writing Month which takes place annually every November on a global level. The goal is to write a 50,000 novel during the month of November. It is a great way to kick-start…

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Don’t Wait, Jump Write In

The last two months have been a whirlwind. The writing has been put on hold somewhat while we sort out our living space, find jobs and get the kids situated in school. But that is not to say, I have not taken steps to continue to write here in Florida. The first thing I did…

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Writing Insights from Florida

Greetings from Florida We arrived in Florida in mid-July. The weather was unbearably hot and humid–mid-90′s and within 48 hours of our arrival, everything went pear shaped. First, the job my husband was promised and that we traveled three thousand miles for, evaporated faster than butter in a hot frying pan. Second, the apartment we…

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Are You a Writer?

Are You a Writer?

When I was small, one of my favorite books was called, Are you my Mother?  In it, a confused baby bird wanders around asking an unlikely selection of characters – including a cow and a JCB digger — whether they are its mother. They are not, of course. One is too brown, another too big,…

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