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Tag Archive: writing life

Writing Ambitions

Big ambitions lead to big results for writers

Writing ambitions lead to big results Do you dare to dream big? Are you a writer full of writing ambitions? If you are, I say kudos to you. I’m a firm believer in setting big goals in order to obtain big results. The great thing about setting goals that may seem outlandish or out of…

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Track your Writing to Success

track your writing with a wordcount spreadsheet
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Tools & Strategies

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Tools & StrategiesTrack your writing progress Are you a busy writer? Do you have multiple projects? Do you yearn in vain for that one method, app, or spreadsheet that will feed your need to manage your muse? Well, Jamie Raintree’s Writing & Revision Tracker is…

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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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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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Book bloggers – Annual event ends – Armchair BEA

Book bloggers gather at alternative Book Expo: Armchair BEA 2013
This entry is part 11 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 11 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014 Book bloggers gathering for virtual Book Expo ends The end of another year of Book Expo’s virtual Armchair BEA has come to pass with this final wrap-up. It’s been a hectic week full of books, blogs, and bloggers. Each day’s…

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Books on writing for writers – Armchair BEA

The best books on writing stand the test of time.
This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 - 2014

This entry is part 10 of 17 in the series Armchair BEA 2013 – 2014Books on writing is one genre that we didn’t cover during this week’s Armchair BEA. When I think of books for writers I include books by writers about craft, books about writers, and books written by writers on writing. There isn’t…

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Weekend Writing Finds – They’re all a-Twitter

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

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Weekend Writing FindsSocial media tools for writers Social media helps writers and especially authors get the word out about their work. Twitter can be a useful tool for writers but how many of us really understand its ins and outs? Do you totally get the…

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The benefits of a day of reading

This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 20 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonSlow down. Reading isn’t a race. Reading is meant to be an intimate exchange between you and the author, a dialogue of sorts. When a writer finishes a book, even after it’s published the book is not complete until it’s been read. Readers are a…

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My reading plan for the classics readathon

This entry is part 22 of 32 in the series Read-a-thon

This entry is part 22 of 32 in the series Read-a-thonThe classic books on my reading list My readathon book choices are made. Obviously, I’m going to be reading the classics over the next 24 hours as I embark on The Classic Club’s Readathon. So here are the classics perched on my TBR table, all…

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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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Ah, the To Be Read Pile reading challenge

TBR Pile Challenge 2013 Let’s face it, if you’re any sort of writer at all you have a TBR pile, stack, or shelf of books that have been bought but never read. If you’re like me you very well may have a bookcase or two–at the very least a mountain. Adam, over at Roof Beam…

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Julia Cameron’s artist’s dates smash writer’s block

Artist Way’s author Julia Cameron prescribes Artist’s Dates We all know we have to show up at the keyboard if we want to get the work done but when is it okay to play? Do you ever have a passing thought that maybe “you need to work on your creativity?” We all know that creativity…

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Listen to the adventures of Captain Ahab and the Mighty Moby Dick

Join The Moby Dick Big Read The Moby Dick Big Read event is an unusual literary broadcast event. This daily broadcasting of Herman Mellville’s Moby Dick, or The Whale chapters reminds me of those old radio serial stories where the audience listened and imagined the story day by day or week by week. You can…

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