Category Archives: Writing Life

Writing with an open mind

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It’s funny how life can throw you curve balls, isn’t it? You’re just living your life, doing your own thing, and then boom…life jolts in another direction. I had a minor version of this lately: my wedding ceremony venue fell through and now we have a 5 month rush to find our next place. My instant thought was panic-ridden. However, after a week or two of deliberating, my partner and I decided to open our minds and look at alternative styles of weddings. This in turn made me thinking about my writing life and books. Did I really write with an open mind, or have I just been writing in the same old rut? Let’s see… Continue reading Writing with an open mind

Big story ideas & what to do with them

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Today, I’d like to look at big story ideas. You know, the ones that you think of and think of and think of…but don’t write. That cool, awesome big story that has an amazing world, dynamic characters, a killer plot, but yet, you’re still not putting fingers to keyboard. So why not? Continue reading Big story ideas & what to do with them

Reviving an old story

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Have you ever had an old story idea that you absolutely love, but can’t quite get the gumption to work on? You love the concept and characters, but something is blocking your progress. Or perhaps you wrote it a long time ago, and now you’re looking at it as this mammoth task of rewriting that needs to be done. Well, never fear, many of us have been there. That’s why, today, I’d like to talk about reviving an old story! Continue reading Reviving an old story

Creative processes – which one is best?

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Another day, another question about the creative arts. However, it’s actually not that simple, because I’m not just talking about the creative arts. With the passing of the magnificent, unrivaled Stephen Hawkings, it made me want to reaffirm a strong belief of mine: there is a creative process to everything – science, technology, art, writing, business, workmanship, life. Continue reading Creative processes – which one is best?

Where did all the good ideas go?

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I’ve been talking to some friends lately, and it seems many of them have hit a writerly slump throughout the years (myself included!). I’m not talking about writer’s block. The question that’s got my attention is “Where did all the good ideas go?” Continue reading Where did all the good ideas go?

Epilepsy & osteoarthritis: depression, anxiety, or ego?

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I don’t often touch on my personal life through the blog. Sometimes I mention my epilepsy as it’s an important topic to me. Sometimes I talk about my horses and dogs. A few people who know me know I have early-onset osteoarthritis. Today, I felt the need to discuss the difference between depression, anxiety, and ego in relation to medical conditions. Continue reading Epilepsy & osteoarthritis: depression, anxiety, or ego?

Writers & Imposter Syndrome

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A lot of writers have said to me that they feel they’re impostors when writing, and that they’re really not cut out for the publishing industry. Somehow, they feel like their work is lesser, that there are other “real” authors out there, and they’re not one of them. Today, I’d like to talk a little about why writers (and many more of us) struggle so much with Impostor Syndrome… Continue reading Writers & Imposter Syndrome

How to stop your TBR pile from stressing you out!

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So, today, I took a look at my TBR and almost fainted. There are 46 books sitting there, and these are only my “must read asap” books. There are dozens and dozens more that I really want to read after those. The problem is, the minute I finish one great book, another 3 are published, and I simply can’t keep up. Which means reading becomes stressful, as I’m trying to hurry, always chasing my tail! So what to do? Continue reading How to stop your TBR pile from stressing you out!