Too Much of a Good Thing

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I haven’t been a very good blogger lately, I’m sorry. There were revisions on A Writer’s Guide to Persistence due. A draft of Deep Scenes (my forthcoming book with Martha Alderson) to complete. In between were edits and articles as well. So while those things are done, scraped away from my plate, in their place are all the other projects that got pushed aside. Now I’m feeling the stomach-lurching gravity of the downward side of the slope tugging at my edges, the fringe of my feelings tinted blue, the thoughts that lean toward can’t and won’t and why. My mind and body are crying: Rest. Stop. No more. And my ever-furious muse is singing John Mellencamp: Come on baby, make it hurt so good. Too much work … Read More

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Say Yes

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Happy November 3rd! Subscribers to my newsletter receive pep talks like this one every month, along with discounts, submission opportunities, and more. Don’t miss out. Subscribe today: Meanwhile, here’s a sneak peek. Say Yes Intrepid scribes: many of you are participating in #NanoWriMo right now–which means you only skimmed this, but that’s okay. This month, when holidays and obligations begin their python-squeeze around our necks, you may find yourself saying no to things that matter to you. So let me be your cheerleader, the voice that has your writerly back. I want you to SAY YES to yourself this month. To your writing, to your creativity, to your dreams. Anytime someone achieves fame in the arts, people want to know: How, Why, … Read More

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Revise for Publication CWC Workshop

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CALIFORNIA WRITERS CLUB–BERKELEY BRANCH Saturday, November 8, 2014. 10am  to 1pm. So you want to be published?  It’s been said that after the wild creative outpouring, the real writing happens in the art of revision.  Your best chance of attracting readers is through a strong “re-seeing” of your work, to craft the work so it appeals to readers of all stripes. Writers who learn to love revision are more likely to write publishable work that wins readers and leads to deeper satisfaction in the writer’s craft. This workshop will help any writer with the goal of publication learn to demystify key areas of revision, from the micro to the macro.  You can learn to enjoy revision by breaking it down … Read More

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The “Write” Way to Feel

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I have been really scared this week. I have been sad. For reasons global and personal. But until today, I didn’t really let my body in on the information that’s been stuck in my brain and heart. I got up like usual and then a few hours after waking, began to feel a little odd. Like a virus coming on. Achy, cold, tired. I let myself go back to bed, let my husband take over with our son. And as I heard the garage door close after they left, all of a sudden, tears eked out the corners of my eyes, easing slightly a heaviness I didn’t even realize was in my chest. In the face of great loss and … Read More

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