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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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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The secret to writing success: no bathroom breaks

My armpits are sticky, my floor is so dirty it crunches, and  yet another episode of Dora The Explorer is glowing across my toddler’s face. I am leaving for a trip to Montreal in exactly one week and have been racing for the last month to get my final final manuscript draft completed before my […]

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Why I endured nine months of no coffee

  As I type this, my wrists are getting sweaty from my too-warm key pad and the glare from the sunshine outside is obscuring half my screen. Summer is barely here and already it’s annoying me. And to think I used to think this time of year was for swimming in lakes, drinking root beer […]

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Norman Bridwell says it’s okay to suck…more or less

Sometimes I am reading a book and suddenly I think, shit, this is good. My artistic awe is generally short-lived, however, because it is almost always immediately followed by a wave of self-pitying desperation as I realize I will never be able to create something on par. Wine is then required. Then today, while reading […]

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When a story fizzles:advice from YA author Shannon Hale

Like the forever sagging waist band on my stretch jeans, something about my latest manuscript is not working. Despite a few strong elements, it just doesn’t seem to crackle, pop, or even fizz, and I wasn’t sure why till I read this quote  from Shannon Hale about the importance  of telling a story that doesn’t come […]

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Take a trip because Stephen King say’s so

    If it was up to me, I would probably spend every minute I am not sleeping or drinking coffee so I don’t have to sleep, or going to Starbucks to get said coffee, or peeing in the bathroom because coffee always has that effect on me, writing. Naturally, it took me a very, […]

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Grandmas, Netflix and other sanity savers for the obsessive writer

  My mom is away this week, visiting my sister in Montreal. And though it’s only been four days so far, already I am going a little crazy without someone to sub me off of Toddler-dom and set my fingers free. Yes, I love spending time with my son, but creativity, when not regularly unleashed […]

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Something I learned about writing today: It’s okay to have fun

Writing groups. Like blogs and sea monkeys, they are born with such enthusiasm and yet so often stall and die after a very short time. I have been a member of at least three that have long since expired, which was why I was very much inspired to read this post by Alaya Dawn Johnson, […]

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