Monthly Archives: December 2015

Fanning Encouragement

“Words of encouragement fan the sparks of genius into the flame of achievement. Legend tells us that Lincoln’s dying mother called her small son to her bedside and whispered, ‘Be somebody, Abe!’” Wilfred Peterson, The Art of Living Treasure Chest … Continue reading

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Wise Words

A cornucopia of writers’ reflections to brighten your day and inspire you onward: “Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourse of my book-friends.” Helen Keller … Continue reading

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Alice Astonishes

A story: You’re a little girl growing up in a small farming community in New York State in the late 1930s. For your ninth birthday, your grandmother gives you a magical gift: A beautifully bound, slightly oversize book. Published by … Continue reading

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Jump-starting Projects

We’ve all been there: Sometimes even the most promising of projects stalls — or rather, we stall when it comes to pushing through to the end. When this happens, more often than not, we set that piece of writing aside … Continue reading

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Writer’s Magic

“The root problems of the writer are personality problems: He or she cannot get started, or starts a story well then gets lost or loses heart, or writes very well some f the time, badly the rest of the time, … Continue reading

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Something Wonderful

What a delight! My friend Susan introduced me to Marge Piercy, a lovely poet I’ve been reading with great pleasure. Here’s one of her poems I wanted to share with you: To be of Use by Marge Piercy The people … Continue reading

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Finding Time

While we all fantasize about having large blocks of time in which to court our creative muses, often this isn’t an option. Finding or making time to write on a regular basis can be challenging, especially as the holidays roll … Continue reading

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Barrier Busting

How fascinating the world is! After penning my “Barrier Busting” post, I came across another way of looking at the obstacles we face in our writing. It seems only right that I should share this with you as well, since … Continue reading

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Barrier Busting

“When you’re cleaning the refrigerator, sharpening pencils, or eating, just know that’s what you’re doing: experiencing resistance! It’s no big thing. Don’t put yourself down, feel guilty, feel worthless, or punish yourself in any way. Just acknowledge the resistance – … Continue reading

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Timely Tips

Time management — I have to admit this is a major challenge for me and so I’m always looking for some helpful tips to keep me on track and more productive. Recently, I came across a few that I’m passing … Continue reading

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