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Being a NaNoWriMo Rebel

I’m a born rebel, so when I set goals as a NaNoWriMo rebel, I pick the ones that fit with my writing habits. These are habits born of observing my best writing periods and replicating what worked, forgetting what didn’t. For me, as a National Novel Writing Month fan, word counts don’t work. For me, […]

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Unlikely Writing Places for Inspiration

Unlikely writing places for insiration? I’ve got tons. I write best in unlikely places, and I’m always looking for new ones. I’m also a peripatetic writer: Have Laptop Will Travel. Soemtimes changing where you write changes everything about what you write. Weird ones that work for me: the shower (I need a waterproof phone), my inside stairs (Christopher Robin complex?), the closet (see the movie THE MUSE). Yours?

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Inspiration, Ideas, and Empowering Your Creativity

I asked myself today why I’m writing a blog — and these words popped into my mind: inspiration, ideas, empowering your creativity. I write this as a writer’s journal, not a how-to write, not craft articles, and not how to query agents and get published. You can find better authorities on those things. This is where I accumulate my own personal sources for inspiration, ideas, and empower my own creativity. This is my personal writer’s diary, where I can refer back to things I’ve learned or found. The DIY Staycation Writer’s Retreat. All the romance novels set in Italy. Magical realism in poetry and fiction. Read More “Inspiration, Ideas, and Empowering Your Creativity”

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Teach a Child to Write by Early Reading — How I Began

Teaching a Child to Write — How I Began As as Writer

How to teach a child to write? — by early reading. I’m living proof. I gained my desire to write from my mother, who read aloud to me and my brother every day. She also often took us to the library. When I was ten, she took me through a magical literary portal — a fantastic and immense bookstore full of used books, Acre of Books in downtown Long Beach, California. I remember holding her hand and walking into a warehouse sized space so thick with dust that I instantly sneezed.

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Blogs to Get Your Writer Mojo Working

Blogs about writing are like my morning newspaper, they get my writer mojo. Each day, I wake  up and read  stuff on my phone while I’m still in bed, and into the coffee phase of waking up. I have a writing practice of using the first two  hours of  the day for my creative self — drafting new chapters, poems, story ideas, and editing works in progress. To get into the swim, I read about writing. Read More “Blogs to Get Your Writer Mojo Working”

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Onward and Ice Cream – Surviving As a Writer

It’s my motto for surviving as a writer and a creative — Onward & Ice Cream! Plus, persistence and writing community. Three essentials for writer survival.

One of my writer pals was even nice enough to create this graphic for me. This is my banner as I ride into battle with the hope of conquest in finding a publisher or agent to champion my writing and the many stories I’m planning. Read More “Onward and Ice Cream – Surviving As a Writer”

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Writers — 5 Tips to Balance Your Creative Life

These 5 tips for balancing your creative life and your published author life might just help save your sanity. Every day when I wake up, I wonder whether I should be the writer or the author — should I spend my time on my new work-in-progress or promote my novel, The Renaissance Club. Creating and promoting are two different mindsets, thiough both involve creativity. Read More “Writers — 5 Tips to Balance Your Creative Life”

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Happy Hour Chat — Four Authors, And I’m One!

I’m thrilled to be part of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association first ever quarterly Author Happy Hour. Thursday, March 22, at 7 pm Eastern Time (4 pm PacificDaylight) I was on live video, answering questions and chatting with three other women’s fiction authors! Here’s the event link — now archived on Youtube. Read More “Happy Hour Chat — Four Authors, And I’m One!”