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Day 6 – Spruce Up Your Space

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
Happy Saturday!  Hopefully, today has provided you with some extra time to catch up if you’re behind, and maybe get a little ahead of the target word count in preparation for a busy week.
The weekend is a great chance to take a look at your at-home writing space and see what you can do to make it easier for you to […]

Day 5 – Shut Out Distractions

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
If you’re using a computer to work on your novel, as I imagine most of you are,  I’m sure you’ve been distracted during writing sessions by the siren call of Google Reader, Twitter, news feeds, or Facebook by now.   I’m guilty of checking Facebook six hundred times in a row just so I don’t have to get back to what I’m […]

Day 4 – Use the Buddy System

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)

Believe it or not, some folks have an easier time keeping up with a writing schedule during the week because their schedule is fairly structured.  Juggling weekly work and responsibilities requires that writing time be scheduled and kept up with if you want to meet your word count goals.  While the idea of having a whole bunch of extra free time […]

Day 3 – Resist the Urge

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)
Right about now, you may be starting to feel it.  It starts as a tickle at the back of your mind, then perhaps a twitch in your left eye.  You get up for a cup of tea and find that the feeling isn’t going away.   I wonder if that’s the exact name I gave the coffee shop in the […]

Day 2 – Establish your habits

30 Days of Encouragement for NaNoWriMo (and other writers, too!)

Congratulations on beginning this project!  You’ve taken a step that, whether driven by a plan or by sudden impulse, is often the hardest for people.  You’ve started and managed to churn out a few (or a lot) of words onto the screen.
I want to encourage you very early on to establish habits and a routine for your NaNoWriMo efforts.  Decide today […]

In Solidarity

I’m not a novelist, and don’t really have any current plans to be one.  Songs and poems are my preferred (very short) forms. I am, however, someone who loves writing and writers and I admire the spirit of everyone who chooses to spend November slaving over a keyboard.  As such, I always get a little bit of NaNoWriMo fever when November rolls around and want to do something along with […]

Spring in the Fall

You may have noticed it’s been…eerily silent around here.

That’s because I’m this month’s Guest Blogger over at Spring!
We’re talking about Creativity for the whole month of October, so I’ve been posting once a week with my thoughts and some insight into my personal creative life.   If you’d like to check out my posts, you can find them here:
Oh Hush, You Are Too
5 Ways to Get Creatively Blocked
Routine Redux
And if you […]

Rebooting, the Results

Many of you were asking me how my week long “reboot” experiment went.  In short, it was wonderful.   Hard and a bit scary at times?  Definitely.   Worth it?  Absolutely. This coincided with the first week of The Shed Project, which was perfect timing. I regretted not being able to dive right into the forums and post, but it was more beneficial to me to be starting the project during […]

Friday Poetry: Song for Autumn

Song for Autumn
Mary Oliver
In the deep fall
don’t you imagine the leaves think how
comfortable it will be to touch
 the earth instead of the
nothingness of air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees themselves, especially those with mossy,
warm caves, begin to think
of the birds that will come — six, a dozen — to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets […]


I’ve been suffering from a case of input overload lately.
With a combination of blogs and news sites, watching a lot of  online videos and (God bless it) Netflix, listening to audiobooks and podcasts… I have come down with a classic case of what Julia Cameron calls “over-reading”.  There is so much information coming at me at any given time that I scarcely have a moment to create my own material. […]