Last Minute NaNoWriMo Motivation–Discovering “Why I Write”

This hashtag, #whyIwrite, has been floating around social media the last few weeks, and it got me thinking. Since TOMORROW is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo2017 (gasp! Are you ready?), and I intend to dedicate a minimum of fifty hours in the month of November in order to write 50k words on my book about service …

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Cactus & Kangaroos Wrap-up

This past weekend was the culmination of six months of dreaming, planning, researching, and accomplishing a huge project for Dallas/Fort Worth writers. I have slept and thought for the last three days, and I think I can now summarize what I’ve learned… It all starts with an initial contact. I knew the writers in my …

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8 Lessons from WORDfest

For those who follow my social media, you probably recall posts about #dfwWORDfest. It was a huge event for writers in North Texas on April 8, 2017 at Tarrant County College’s Northeast Campus in Hurst, TX. This one day event was planned for months by over a dozen people representing over a dozen different writers groups …

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40 Reasons: “Why Do You Write?” Challenge

I’ve been struggling a little with motivation this past week. Thanks to storms moving in and out of our area, I’ve been fighting migraine attacks and my own pain storm. Using that downtime to take advantage of YouTube, podcasts, and other written social media, I’ve watched, listened to, and read many motivational leaders. Among my …

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Do you need a Writing Coach?

If you're like me, you probably make the same resolution every year: this year, I'm finally going to write that book, proposal, grant, manual, or dissertation. Then you get stuck. Then you get busy. Then you give up. Sound familiar? It has been for me, too. So let's think about what we can do about …

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Happy Fourth Anniversary Elevator Pitch

The traditional fourth anniversary gift is fruit or flowers, and the modern gift is appliances. This vegan is always happy to eat more fruit and look at beautiful flowers. As for appliances, other than a Vitamix for my kitchen, I think I'm good...but then again those ads for the new Samsung Note7 are calling to …

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Creative Serendipity

As mentioned previously, I've been in a creative funk for months. Some might call it writer's block or lack or self-discipline or procrastination... whatever. I wasn't writing. And, I wasn't happy about it. A vicious cycle was growing and I had to break free. I renewed my commitment and decided to apply Jeff Goins advice: YOU …

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Take-aways from the Influence and Impact Summit

I love to learn! I often tell my students that no day is wasted if you learn three new things. I try to live by that also. These days, learning for me takes the form of reading, researching, listening to podcasts, and watching videos. This past week I was fortunate to attend the online Influence …

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5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration

I am a writer. That means I am compelled to write. It might be a journal, blog post, fiction, Bible study, Facebook status update, or even Tweet, but I must write. It's been this way since childhood. When other children were drawing pictures, I was using those jumbo crayons to write. It didn't bother me one …

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Connection between Creativity and Environment?

I've made some observations this morning about creativity and environment, and definitely welcome input from other creative people. Since I am no longer committed to a full-time job, I often house/pet-sit for family, friends, and friends-of-friends. This week Gizmo and I have the pleasure to care for two ten-year old Chihuahua-mix dogs in a lovely older home. …

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