On Discovering and Embracing Slow Writing, Slow Creativity

A few years ago, my sister sent me a link to a blog on a couple’s “slow travel” adventures. I’d never heard of slow travel, and I found the concept fascinating, this whole idea of going to a place, staying there for an extended period of time, and really getting to know it. Traveling slowly,…

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How long should writing your book take?

We live in an Amazon Prime, Netflix, fast food, “I want it NOW” kinda world. Life moves fast, and when we decide we want something, we generally can get it fairly quickly. No more waiting for a movie to come out or the VHS to get returned to Blockbuster. We just stream it. We get…

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5 Ways to Start Your Writing Sessions Strong

Starting a writing session is often the hardest part, the part that takes the most energy, kinda like getting a plane off the ground takes the most fuel, but once it’s in the air, it soars. Just like many of us pour ourselves a warm cuppa joe or hot tea in the morning to get…

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Book Writing Strategies for Aspiring Authors that Actually Work

20 Writing Strategies Aspiring Authors can Use to Plan, Write, and Finish their First Books An interesting thing happens when I tell people that I’m a writer. Their eyes open wide in surprise, and they usually say one of two things, either, “Oh, that’s so cool. I could never do that,” OR “Oh my gosh,…

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You are Your Best Audience

Let’s talk about your audience and WHO you create for. I had a big aha about this a few weeks ago, and it’s an idea I’ve been exploring. It started when I began digging back into my old blog posts and thinking about WHY I’d started my very first original blog which I started in March…

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Your idea is calling…pick up (or sit down)

This week in a writing circle, one of the topics we were discussing was perfectionism, an issue that most of us (all of us) writers deal with at some point or another. I shared this video of a short story I used to read to my high school creative writing students. It’s one of my favs. This…

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Should You Listen to Music While Writing?

This past spring, I went to two education conferences where speakers discussed the neuroscience of learning, and they both talked about how our brains are unable to multitask. Doing two things at the same time dramatically impacts our performance. I asked both presenters specifically if we should listen to music while writing, and both gave…

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Boost Your Creativity: Writing By Hand

‘Tis the holiday season and many of us wish for the latest in technology: a new laptop, a new computer, a new iPad or smartphone. As writers, our lives often revolve around this technology. We can write stories, send them off to writing buddies or post them online, and research on the internet. I’m the…

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