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Nourishing Our Creativity to Help Our Writing

February 2, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Writing is an art form, and yet I don’t usually think of myself as an artist. But all types of artistic endeavors have the concept of a muse or a gut feel for when something is working—or not—so we might be able to use that general “artistic muse” concept to help us with our writing, especially when we suffer from writer’s block.

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If We’re Serious about Writing, We’ll…

January 28, 2016 Writing Stuff
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Some sales pitches play on our fears, and others play on our self-doubt. These sales messages are usually worded like, “If We’re Serious about Writing, We’ll…” Unfortunately, messages like this aren’t limited to sales pitches.

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Merry Christmas! A Gift for You…

December 24, 2015 Writing Stuff
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I interrupted my Christmas to-do list to put together a worksheet based on the Essential Elements list I covered in my last post. If you’ve ever wondered if a completed story had good “bones,” hopefully this worksheet will help.

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The Best Reason to Blog — 2015 Edition

November 26, 2015 Random Musings
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Every Thanksgiving, I write a “the best reason to blog” post because gratitude is such a powerful tool. Thinking about what we’re thankful for forces us to pay attention to what has meaning in our lives. The daily grind can make us forget why we do what we do, but being grateful for the good things reminds us of what matters most.

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Release News! Do Your Plans Succeed?

October 29, 2015 News
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Yesterday marked the release of my fourth book, Ironclad Devotion, and I think I’m going to collapse now. This release marks the end of my “master plan,” also known as my daisy-chain release schedule. I first came up with that plan about a year ago, and I can’t quite believe it actually worked.

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What’s Your Long-Term Plan?

October 20, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Back when we first started writing, we might have been writing for ourselves, but for many of us, we expanded our goals somewhere along the line to focus on what others think of our work or how we might sell our work. Are we ready with a plan that will support that next step and the steps after that?

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Release News! How Has the Writing Community Helped You?

August 13, 2015 News
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Yesterday, I announced another book release, and the wave of congratulations and support gave me warm fuzzies all day. *smile* I feel so blessed to be part of the writing community. The writing community has been there for me at every turn, and I’m grateful. I hope all of you have received that support as well.

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Why Is Our Journey So Hard?

July 23, 2015 Writing Stuff
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One of the things I mentioned last time to soften the frustration we might feel for not reaching our goal yet is that life is a journey. There is no finish line. So if we’re constantly comparing where we are now with where we want to be for our goals or dreams and being frustrated about that gap, our life will feel lacking. Always.

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Are You Dreaming or Doing?

July 21, 2015 Writing Stuff
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Every time we start a new journey, we’re likely full of dreams based on the potential of that new phase. There’s nothing wrong with those dreams, but they are just the first step. A harsh truth is that most people won’t reach their dreams because there’s such a gap between wanting something and making it happen.

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What 5 Years of Blogging Has Taught Me about Writing

July 16, 2015 Writing Stuff
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People tend to like nice round numbers like 5s and 10s, so reaching the five-year point on my blog feels like a major milestone. That means now might be a good time to look back at what I’ve learned over those five years, and share what those lessons might tell us about the rest of our writing career.

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