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9 Greek Sayings For The Writer

Greek sayings for writersA trip to Greece had me pondering many things: my writing career, future plots, the sagacity of the ancient Greeks, and the hour of my next delicious cappuccino freddo. Of course, I also contemplated quitting my job and traveling the world—until I remembered I have a mortgage and 2 children in college. *Sigh* Traveling to an ancient civilization has a way of making one think profound thoughts—or maybe that’s the ouzo talking.

In an effort to extend my Greek experience, I’ve found 9 Greek quotes that apply to writers. Oh, and you get pictures too!

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Eyes Open & Fingers Crossed

Screen Shot 2016-04-17 at 10.56.17 AMMy students and I are discussing Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers in class. Well, as you know, teachers can’t just read the book they must find ways to teach its lessons, drive home its themes, and apply it to their students’ lives. In this case, understanding all the complex components that shape and determine success. And naturally, as a writer I can’t help but apply these same concepts to the writing process.

To really succeed at writing you need more than just passion, talent, and hard work. Other factors come into play, some absolutely positively out of your control.

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Purrrfect Writing Tips

Purrrfect Writing TipsWriters are quite cat-like. We can be stealthy, live far more than 9 lives thanks to our characters, pounce on delicious plots, cough up balls of plot flaws, and hiss at those critiquing our writing.

In an effort not to be catty, this kitty is offering some tips for all the other writing cats currently scratching their claws on the writing post. Continue reading

Shocking Writer Transmutations

Screen Shot 2015-10-25 at 8.59.40 AMWriters evolve. They learn the craft, make mistakes, correct their errors, develop their voice, and learn some more. The process takes time ( years ), requires lots and lots of writing and hours and hours of reading. But what they don’t tell you is that a writer actually morphs into the most frightening creatures each time they write a novel! That’s right! This change is far worse than the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde transformation. Far far more terrifying.

Here, my writing friends, is the true terror of a writer’s transmutation.

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A Confucius Consultation

Confucius saysOnce in a while, research done for my current work in progress inspires a blog topic. And whether you call it serendipity or synchronicity, often a few golden research nuggets found along the way prove to be quite inspirational!

Here’s a few Chinese proverbs —and a writer’s take on them—that might be worth taping to your computer.

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10 Can-Do Traits Every Writer Needs

10 traits every writer needsThere are 10 can-do traits that an employer looks for in a prospective employee. Those same 10 traits also apply to a wanna-be author with plans to begin and finish writing their novel. Below are the 10 traits and how they apply to the novel-writing process. Do you have them all?

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Making the Most of Your Writing Hours

writing time“How do you find the time to write a novel while working full time?”

I get asked this question ALL the time by coworkers, friends, and aspiring authors. Writing a novel is time-consuming. It takes a whole lot of perseverance and ambition and stamina and self-control.

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10 Artifacts Every Writer Can Really Use

Screen Shot 2015-08-23 at 7.22.03 PMWriters are a curious bunch. We tend to be a tad superstitious when it comes to writing. A writing routine, a preferred chair, a favorite mug or coffee shop: All these—so we convince ourselves—provide the creative sanctuary to imagine plot, character, and conflict. Here are a few other notable objects that might also come in handy.

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Writer’s Grimoire page 3

Writers Grimoire page 3Spell for removing writer’s block!

Don’t ask where I found this ancient book! I can’t tell you ( the repercussions and all that ). But I will share the spells and incantations with you—hey, we writers need all the help we can get! And a little magic never hurt anyone either. In truth, any author or wanna-be struggling writer will tell you the act of creating is magic!

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Color Smarts

color smartsI love paint shopping. I have fun looking at the names assigned to  the hundred and hundreds of colors available. So many Reds-Blacks-Blues-Greens-Oranges-Whites-Purples-Pinks-Browns-Yellows and ALL the colors in between. Sometimes I think the folks who assigned the names are wanna-be novelists. They do know the importance of naming a color.

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Writer’s Grimoire page 2

Grimoire table of contents

Spell for Increasing Word Count! 

Don’t ask where I found this manuscript! I won’t tell you ( the repercussions and all that, you know ). But I will share the Writer’s Grimoire–hey, we writers need all the help we can get! A little magic or spirituality never hurt anyone either. In fact, any author or wanna-be author will tell you the very act of creating is magical!

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