Creativity through Mindfulness: Advice from Brenda Ueland

It happened again. Despite so many pinky-swear-sealed promises that I would most definitely and certainly get back to my manuscript and write a WHOLE chapter this week, I didn’t even manage to power up my laptop. I need help. Luckily, I found some in the form of Brenda Ueland’s book, If You Want to Write: A […]

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Alice Munro: hope for late bloomers like me

Craig’s List made me cry today. And it’s all my fault. I normally confine my job searches on said site to the admin/office assistant range, however today I made the mistake of browsing all sorts of interesting positions–psychiatric nurse, veterinarian, deep water fishing guide–that I am totally NOT qualified for. It was like window shopping […]

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Writing, money, and TOTAL PANIC…Miller-style

How doth the successful author lead their lives? In his self-titled book on writing, Henry Miller claims that the key is “writ[ing] first and always. Painting, music, friends, cinema, all these come afterwards.” Sure, I can agree that if I’m really serious about my craft I should probably wait till after I’ve reached my daily […]

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Be grateful…or John Green will kick your ass

Sometimes when I read about the latest Top Novels being featured by the NY Times and realize mine isn’t listed because oh yeah, it isn’t PUBLISHED I start to feel sorry for myself. And by sometimes, I mean always. John Green would probably call that petty. Talking about the Americans’ access to public education, the […]

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Getting over writer shame…with help from the Gaiman-ster

Lately I have found myself in the rather clichéd position of suffering from writer’s block. And it sucks. Rather than looking forward to those precious moments when I can sit down at the computer and dive into my manuscript, I have been avoiding the thing like a pile of warm dog barf in the middle […]

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Goodsreads poll on how not get dumped

Sometimes all my sentences sound stunted. Other times I wonder what is wrong with me that I can’t spell ‘unfortuentley’ right for once? Then I become Totally Convinced that my main character is as fake and unbelievable as Apple Pie Extra. Then I cry. Thankfully none of that apparently matters—at least 46.4% of the time. […]

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Anne Lamott on how to tackle the Great Blank Page

I finally bid farewell to a manuscript I have been working on for over a year as of just yesterday.  My mom’s going to proofread it, then it’s off to my agent friend and the world beyond. Needless to say, I was feeling pretty good about the accomplishment, and stoked to start a new project–until […]

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