Category Archives: Inspiration

Conferences, Retreats, & Write-Ins: Oh, my!

A number of my writing peeps are blogging about the our recent Retreat From Harsh Reality, a weekend where we as an organization, Mid-Michigan Romance Writers of America, put on an annual writing retreat. I don’t want to repeat all … Continue reading

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The Sun Also Rises … It Does?

“Everyone behaves badly–given the chance.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises It’s 10 p.m.  I’ve been at my desk 11 hours today, starting the revision of a script I wrote more than a decade okay but had to lay … Continue reading

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Gutting It Out

Two days ago, I finished writing the first draft of a medieval novel that I started almost ten years ago.  What’s really ironic is that most of the writing occurred in the last six months. After a decade of missing … Continue reading

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Storyboarding: Creating Structure to a Project

I love Orly Konig-Lopez’s blog Writing in the Storm, and particularly today’s Writing Process Throwdown.  She talks about her plotting method, which is one I use. Basically, it’s a method I borrowed years ago from Hollywood’s storyboarding, where the story … Continue reading

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Facebook Writing Challenges Accountability Group

I don’t know about you, but when I make public my writing goals, I have better results. What about you? Would you like a place on Facebook (FB) where you can state your WIP (work in progress) goal(s), ask a … Continue reading

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Writing about Emotions & Feelings

Finding this chart of “Emotions & Feelings” on Pinterest today, I was reminded of a time when I was worrying and feeling high anxiety due to a stressful event that had my emotions inside out and upside down. All I … Continue reading

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NaNoWrMo – National Novel Writing Month

Years ago, I watched this organization begin and grow, always thinking I should join but never did due to work commitments, then school commitments, and life in general.  At the time of its founding, I was starting a new life … Continue reading

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The “Old Days” versus “Today”

I have to laugh when new writers or students state that “writing is hard.”  Compared to the old days, writing is easy today. In the old days one wrote with a manual typewrite and carbon paper.  At best, the writer … Continue reading

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Inspiration

I’m often asked, “where do you find your inspiration?”  Meaning, where do you find your ideas? I find inspiration everything. I find it by looking out the window and noticing how the leaves blow in the wind and how the … Continue reading

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