Writing Beyond Emotional Glitches [Photo from Pixabay]

Writing Beyond Emotional Glitches

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In January, two people I love got married. They each came home from work on a snowy Monday afternoon and decided to go get the marriage certificate they’d neglected for the past few months signed. And that was that. They were hitched.
When I got the call, I threw on my puffy coat, two pairs of mittens, and slammed the door on the way out as I stomped through the snow. I knew I should have been thrilled about this—I really, really love these people!—but all I could feel was this churning in my stomach that

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Pick-Your-Price Revolution

Pick-Your-Price Revolution Starts Today

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I’ve spent the last year talking about creativity, everywhere from libraries to writing groups to events to panels to last April, when I launched the first round of online course materials. I can’t say enough about it: from redefining habits and belief systems, to knowing yourself and your heart, to the nitty gritty stuff including planning and organizing methods that work for you.
My number one goal is to change the way we think about the process, so we can change our creative output for the better. And THAT means opening up the course again, and this time I’m

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Scheduling Active and Rest Periods

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Flow. It’s something all writers are after, whether it comes to the cadence of our sentences or the positive state of mind where every idea seems to fall neatly into place.
I’ve been studying flow on the sentence level while I’m in the midst of a heavy round of edits. There’s been a lot of studying the rhythm of my pages, making sure that each one is balanced in both active and rest phases. I’m watching for periods of external observation, dialogue, and movement (the active stuff) and then making sure the story swings back to internal observation, pondering, and asking

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Using Journal Bingo to Overcome Writer's Block

Using Journal Bingo to Overcome Writer’s Block

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Even with my best intentions to streamline my routines and keep myself healthy, I can still end up with writer’s block. If you’re on a deadline and in need of some serious inspiration, try this quick little game of Journal Bingo.
Bingo has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s one of the most customizable games available that can fit any occasion. Instead of using numbers, it’s easy to fill in the squares with instructions. That’s exactly what Journal Bingo is all about: doing what’s instructed on the spaces instead of daubing numbers. If you need an idea to push you

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Happy Birthday, Of Scars and Stardust!

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It’s been one year since my debut novel, Of Scars and Stardust, fought its way into the world. It’s hard to believe that this time last year I was sick to my stomach with anxiety over sending my little story into the hands of readers, while at the same time prouder than I’ve ever been.
I wrote all about how Of Scars and Stardust came to be over here, but the short version is this: It took over a year on submission and a LOT of rounds of revision to get it there. At the time, I was disheartened

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Knowing When It’s Time to Readjust

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Last week, I didn’t put up a post.
It wasn’t because I didn’t have one prepared, or I’d run out of things to say (never!). I’d written it in advance, knowing that August is usually a hot mess of a month for me, and all I had to do was hit “Publish.” But when I read over what I’d created, I got that twisty little knot in my stomach that surfaces when something just isn’t right. The words were clunky. The messages was convoluted. And even though I’d written it only a few weeks prior, it no longer rang

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Three Tips for Using Nature to Inspire Productivity

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Whenever I bring up my deep love and respect for nature, I usually feel a little resistance from some of my more cosmopolitan friends. “Camping,” they scoff. “I don’t do bugs.”
Which is fair. Seriously, no judgments. But whether you’re obsessed with the great outdoors or can’t stand it, Mother Nature has a lot to offer, especially in the realm of creativity. I mean, what’s more creative than an entire forest literally growing itself from the soil up? It’s literally creating itself.
So here are three tips we can take from Mother Nature for how to inspire your own creative productivity:
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How to Batch Creative Tasks for Maximum Productivity

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I’m always asked how I manage to get so much work done in a very limited amount of time.
The truth is, it comes down to a combination of knowing what works for me, principles I guide my life by, and dozens of tips + tricks to get the job done. Today we’re going to touch on one of those surface tricks I use regularly: batching.

What’s Batching?
Basically, it’s making a master list of all of the tasks it takes to complete a larger project and sorting them into “batches” that can be completed at the same time with

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Money and Art Aren't Mutually Exclusive: A Second Look

Money and Art Aren’t Mutually Exclusive: A Second Look

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One of the first posts I ever wrote was when I was a newly agented writer who had yet to sell a book was about money.
I’d seen a lot of tweets floating around the writing community about how we just needed to write for the sake of writing and not worry about making money from our craft. Do it because we love it and all that. So I wrote about how making money is a part of life, and if you’re talented in a creative field, like writing, then you should be able to use that talent to take

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Love Fuels the Dream

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I’ve been emailing with a former student about dreams this week.
What composes a dream and is there a some sort of criteria that makes it worthy of pursuing? How do we prioritize our dreams? And, of course, What steps do we need to put into place to accomplish them? This last question is always, always the hot topic of my lessons, and posts about getting stuff done always have the highest hits on my blog.
Anyone who follows me on social media, reads this blog regularly, or has taken The Creative Revolution course knows that I love me some

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