How to Travel for Writing Research: Outmaneuvering the Excuses!

Sometimes our reasons for not doing something turn into excuses. Here’s how this has been for me surrounding travel, to inform a story I’m writing.

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Making the Intangible More Tangible (Playing Dress Up!)

They don’t sell “Jane Austen-y steampunk death maiden” on Amazon, but I tried anyway . . . my adventures in playing dress up, and making the intangibility of writing more tangible.

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Sabotage! 7 Ways to Deal with Writing Saboteurs

I don’t have any saboteurs of my writing at the moment–and it occurred to me, that’s just the time to write this post! Because I have had writing saboteurs in the past and human nature is what it is, I’m sure to have them in the future. I love this definition of sabotage by Merriam […]

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Using Pressure To One’s Advantage As a Writer

Since I’ve been fairly immersed in pressure this week, I focused on finding more ways to channel it. Here’s what I came up with. Financial Pressure – Rar! I had some writing and publishing expenses beyond my usual monthly investment. Unusual outlays of cash have always created dissonance for me as an artist, because I […]

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Daring to Be Uncomfortable as a Writer

Last night I was at a singles event where a relationship expert presented techniques on how to flirt. And then we were turned loose to flirt. – All introverts just shrieked in horror. – I know because I pick up the introvert frequency. While I’ve trained myself to be a fairly outgoing person, I had […]

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Is Writing Fiction An Impossible Dream?

Yesterday I heard “The Impossible Dream” on the radio and it completely changed my day and mood. This ballad sung by Don Quixote in the play Man of La Mancha is pretty much the lyrical equivalent of a motivational poster, so it is a guilty pleasure of the overly-noble, heavy-handed, cheesy variety. Perfect. Basically, whether it’s writing fiction […]

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Increasing Writerly Decisiveness

So much of the time, we wring our hands that we don’t know what to do about our problems, writing problems included. But fascinatingly, we do know what to do in many cases. We just don’t like the answers! I’m sometimes guilty of this. Maybe my options are not tidy or clear-cut, which makes me […]

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Adventures in Extreme Novel Outlining

I began writing fiction as an interior decorator of rooms that were ill-designed. “Prose is architecture, not interior decoration.” – Ernest Hemingway Specifically, my early stories feature quirks and atmosphere but lack something in orchestration and plot. In other words, I began this adventure as a die-hard pantser who resisted outlining and structuring. Over the past […]

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Writing and Creativity Podcasts to Love

These days I prefer listening to my reading, as opposed to absorbing books, news, and articles with my eyes. I discovered this while pursuing my initiative to sit less and move more. We’ve probably all heard by now that sitting all day is terrible for us, and as writers we tend to sit plenty! To fight […]

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