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Category Archives: The Muse, Creativity & Artist’s Way

What to write, is it truly the writer’s dilemma?

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog Challenge

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog ChallengeThe question is not “Where do you get your ideas?” It’s how do you shape your idea once you have chosen the one. Writers are not usually looking for ideas. They have plenty coupled with a huge desire to share them. Perhaps…

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Tempting the muse

Are you addicted to office supplies? Do you tremble at the mere thought of entering the hallowed doors at the temples of Staples, Office Depot, and Office Max? If you are, you are among the many who daily make words their business and their play. Why do these places hold such a fascination? Why are…

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Exercising the Writer’s Muse: Finding fodder in unlikely places

Many preach specialization today but writers would do well to take the generalist’s approach when it comes to writing. I know time is an issue as you get more and more involved in your writing and focused on deadlines. For many writers time becomes a precious commodity, something to be coveted, protected. Their world of writing…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Catch it with Stickies

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersI am old enough to remember life without the Internet, typewriters prior to word processors, and index cards before the dawn of Post-its. I love stickies. Canary yellow, pale pink, turquoise blue, and spring green, the list goes on and on. Now…

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Pack power into your writing life. PowerPOPP!

Okay, I’ve been working on a new site called PowerPOPP. If you want to pack power into your writing life, practice these four principles: Plan, Organize, Pursue, and Persist. Take a look around. Don’t forget to sign up for the mailing list. If you have any ideas, want to contribute a mini-article, or have other…

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Michael Crichton and NYT Book Review Editor on Sunday CSPAN2 Book TV

Quick. Grab your remote, click to the CSPAN2 channel and set your timer for these upcoming BOOK TV events. (The schedule will fill up over the next few days.) This Sunday, December 8th at 7:30PM, Michael Crichton’s speech to the National Press Club will be aired on C-SPAN. Crichton always delivers a provocative and interesting…

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Writing prompts and exercising your writing muscles

Spent the weekend exercising my writing muscles. I worked up a piece for blogHouston on the Houston museum that is featuring the dog in art exhibition. Museum exhibitions offer some good opportunities for Artist Dates (in the vein of Julia Cameron), spontaneous writing exercises, and old-fashioned inspiration. Why not check your local calendar and see…

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What is your relationship with your Muse?

Where do you fall within the full spectrum of inspiration? Do you actively seek inspiration or are you content to wait for the first flap or ruffle of an inspired word? “The way in which you think of the energy that motivates you to pick up your pen and add to your writing will shape…

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Finding the passion to write

During the last holiday season I somehow forgot to pick up copies of the latest The BEST AMERICAN Series (2004), and had, in the process, deprived myself of what has become an annual pilgrimage through the pages of the year’s best American essays, spiritual writing, science and nature writing, travel writing, and stories, both short…

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Learning from Ray Bradbury, discovering the passion to write

For Ray Bradbury the admonition to write what you know does not apply. He practices the art of writing what you love. He wears his passions openly and they are abundant. He writes about what he loves; he writes about his inspirations; he writes about his passions. This type of writing is easy enough for…

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To Kill Who? Not the muse.

In a moment of severe procrastination, I clicked over to Georganna Hancock’s Writer’s Edge blog, and fell prey to her teasing post about The Book Quiz. This literary fun-filled tidbit is designed by Storey Clayton, author of Loosley Based. Apparently this quiz is where we part company, Georganna. No Cinderella am I, but you, Gentle…

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From a short story contest, to a writer’s retreat, to a gathering of web writers, there’s a great, big world out there

While I try and digest the past week’s activities at TLA, I thought I’d provide a few links that might give you some ideas. WriteCraft Writer’s Resource Center has been praised by Writer’s Digest and listed in their Top 101 Websites for Writers for the past two years. They run a quarterly contest where writers…

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So where DO writers get their ideas?

We are storytelling creatures, we human beings. You see the tale-telling talent evident in the smallest child. We love stories: love to hear them, love to tell them. So I’m often surprised when I hear people ask writers where they get their ideas (read stories) for they’ve probably been weaving their own for years and…

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Take a hike with The Artist’s Way’s Julia Cameron

I’m glad many of you wrote to tell me how much you enjoyed reading the recent interviews with Julie Wray Herman and Patricia Kay and even more glad that they gave you a lot to think about. I know Pat and Julie are happy to receive your comments, too. Stay tuned for information on September’s…

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A new twist coming on an old blog

Like the image? Let me know. I plan to use it in a banner for this blog, as soon as I figure out how to create one. The cartoon caricature was done by an artist-friend, Eric Payne, as a gift, and the card has been posted on my writing wall for the last several years….

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