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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On getting un-blocked

“Anyone who’s ever quit smoking knows that feeling. And that’s me if I don’t get to write. It feels like I’m jonesing.” Douglas Coupland I used to think writer’s block was for wimps. For people that lacked the willpower to sit down at the computer and just get to it, and frankly, probably weren’t meant […]

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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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Making space for awesomeness…and some new writerly freinds

  There is nothing like moving to make me ball like a teacup chiuaua. It happened when I went to Japan, then again when I  moved across the country to Ottawa, and most recently, just a few kilometres away from my Vancouver home—thus giving up my cozy little apartment, my friends, my workplace, and my […]

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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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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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Writing vs momhood: Rebecca Mead reframes the struggle

There is nothing like a fun-filled reunion to make me Totally Anxious about life. My three-year old son and I spent three days this week camping on the side of a lovely Vancouver Island lake with my extended family–and let’s just say I had to fend off the ‘so where are you going to have […]

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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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Debbie Millman on writing sucess and why I don’t need a bigger home

The last time I completed a manuscript I was filled with excitement and anticipation. This time, it was more like WIDE EYED FEAR. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that the last few projects have fallen flat on their 12 point font faces, that after over a year of work I am […]

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Suriving writing critique: It’s okay to cry

I recently gave my mom a manuscript to look over and was somewhat traumatized when she handed it back full of sticky notes and strike-throughs. Yes, part of me (okay a lot me) expected the woman who had once sewn me a quilt lined with affirmations would tell me the whole thing was perfect just […]

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