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Category Archives: The writing life

Writing to Music Helps Words Flow

How to write to music

How writing to music affects the writing process Writing to music is an effective writer’s tool. Many writers not only enjoy the rhythm of words but the beat of music. When the two are combined, those writers often find themselves in an altered state. So many embrace writing to music. The words come fast, the…

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Procrastination help for writers who procrastinate

Most writers are in need of procrastination help.

Procrastination help is needed to combat the blank page Many writers fall into the mind-numbing, anti-productive state of procrastination. It’s an easy place to live — especially today. Even the most productive writers, except for maybe Stephen King, often fall prey to its allure and require a healthy dose of procrastination help. Today is Anti-Procrastination…

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NaNoWriMo Rules

NaNoWriMo rules - Day one rule is to begin: Write!
This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series Nanowrimo

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series NanowrimoNaNoWriMo Rules – The few and the many Of all the NaNoWriMo rules, the single most important one is that you must have 50,000 words of a new manuscript by the end of November. All other rules flow that one. So, for the month of…

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Dealing with death, loss, and writing

Vincent van Gogh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

My mom died. There, I’ve said it. There’s no turning back. Today I want to talk to you about the entanglement grief brings to an already knotted writing life. Dealing with death is not an everyday topic here. When it comes to this blog, I tend to be a minimalist when it comes to inserting…

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Managing a blog – Armchair BEA

Managing a blog can be stressful.
This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 9 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014How to manage a blog and keep a life Yes, well, when I figure that one out I’ll get back to you. This week is a prime example. Armchair BEA crept up on me and bust into my reality about a…

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Writing ethics – Online and off – Armchair BEA

Keep your writing ethics true: Don't steal.
This entry is part 3 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 3 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Writing ethics for online writers and bloggers For writers, the path to ethical writing online is the same road a writer takes in the real world. Some things are constant, and in the writing world they haven’t changed much over the…

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Top ten goals for reading and writing

Setting goals for a new year Resolutions, goals, and promises are in the air, after all, it’s a new year. Isn’t that what we’re supposed to do? Now some people get super-excited to the point of hyperventilating about the prospect of even considering creating one goal, let alone ten. They get all aflutter about the…

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A roadmap of reading, writing, and resolutions

A writer’s blueprint for 2013 There is something about the turning of the year that uncoils energy, stirs the imagination, and ignites the passion to get things done. This year proves no different. I’ve been busy, busy, busy and my keyboard is humming from all the finger tapping. Resolutions? Well, maybe my version of them:…

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A writer’s year of discovery

End of year book survey 2012 One year ends, a new year begins. 2012 proved to be an interesting year where some major changes and shifts occurred where books, blogs, reading, and writing are concerned. And, of course, this blog reflected that change. The year in summary A rediscovery of deep reading The big revelation…

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The writer’s annual agony: Notebook, journal, or diary?

Notebooks are classic tools for writers Okay, we’re all writers of one sort or another so it’s probably a given that the annual stress-builder of choosing a diary, journal, or record keeper has captured you. That’s the way it usually is for me but this year my brain seems to have checked out some time…

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Getting things done the Bloggiesta way

What to do about that pesky to-do list If you’re an author who blogs or a passionate reader turned book blogger, then you know there are lots of little housekeeping things that eat up space on your to do list but never get checked off. Don’t you wish you’d stop the mad blogging merry-go-round and…

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Victoria Lynn Schmidt, Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Contest, The Daily Press weekly writing challenge, and Cropp.me

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsMore resources for writers In search of helpful websites and smart tools to make your writing life easier and more productive? This week’s finds might send you to the moon. They’ll certainly become handy for deadlines, lectures, and cafe writing. If you haven’t…

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I confess I am a bibliophile and library-challenged

Confessions, that’s today’s topic and I doubt they mean the type found in the Victorian confessions albums of long ago. Those are more of the autograph album type where “confessions” dealt with friends answering questions like Who is your favorite writer?, and What’s your favorite book ever? No, I think The Broke and the Bookish…

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Weekend Writing Finds – Eric Maisel, Written Kitten, Snagit, Pixel Ruler, creativity and deep writing

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsTips and tools for writers This week’s tools, apps, and books for writers are fun, creative, and productive. Nanowrimo is approaching and some of you might be ready to try a little warm up or clear the web from the deep creative recesses…

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Memoir Writing with Abigail Thomas, SCBWI, resources for children’s writers and Teamworkpm

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing Finds

This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsMore resources for writers In search of helpful websites and smart tools to make your writing life easier and more productive? This week’s finds might send you to the moon. They’ll certainly become handy for deadlines, lectures, and cafe writing. If you haven’t…

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