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The No Goal New Year

My writer girls and I had our year-end pow-wow last month about what we wanted for 2012.  We do this every December…we talk about what we liked and didn’t like about the past year and what we want to do […]

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Happy Writer Guest: Eileen Cook

[To find an example of a funnier, more dedicated writer, look no further than my pal, Eileen Cook!  Her books are fabulous and her attitude and drive to write and keep writing are to be emulated whenever possible.  Hope you’re […]

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How Happiness Works

…and why you should care about being happy now while you’re unpublished [I have decided to share with you the workshop I recently gave called Happily Unpublished.  This post and the next several will be excerpts from the workshop because […]

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How to Stop Selling Your Happiness

We all know that money can’t buy happiness (though I would be willing to be a beta tester if someone needs more proof of that theory, just sayin’).  We’ve been told this our whole lives.  And there seems to be […]

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Happy NaNoWriMo!

It’s November 1st!  Are you doing NaNoWriMo? I’m still not sure.  I’m writing this October 31st (last night) at 6:43, so I still have 5 hours and 17 minutes to make up my mind. I fist-bumped Elizabeth Boyle this weekend […]

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Happy Writer Guest: Erin Eisenberg

[Write what you know? How boring! Or is it? Read on to find out what one of my bestest writing friends discovered and she realized that what she knew didn’t have to be boring at all and could, in fact, […]

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Honest Writing

Years ago, I told my agent how much I had grown to love reading paranormal after years of thinking I wouldn’t care for it. “You should write something dark paranormal!”  she told me with much enthusiasm.  “You’d rock at it!” […]

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10 Ways to Get Started Again

I loved Melissa’s guest post last week…the letter she’d written to her writer self of a decade ago, the self that quit writing.  It was a great big smack in the face…‘cause I’ve quit, too.  Sometimes for years.  Sometimes only […]

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Single-Task Your Way to More Writing

Do you have a to-do list? Who doesn’t, right?  I usually have several.  It’s the only way I can remember to take a shower half the time. If it’s not on paper, it ain’t gonna happen. As a rule, I’m […]

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Take a Chance With Imperfection

For some of us writers, perfectionism is a real problem.  We think that if we produce the perfect first draft, have the perfect plot, execute the perfect manuscript, then we will sell.  Then we will get that next contract. We’ll […]

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