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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Creating with Disabilities

"It was a dark and stormy night..." is the opening phrase of Bulwer-Lytton's Paul Clifford (1830), and since then popular culture and the literati have either praised it as the best hook or mocked it as the worst first line and an example of what not to do. Here in North Texas, a dark and …

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Oh Calliope, Where Art Thou?

I have a confession to make. It's Thursday, and today I am struggling to honor my commitment/challenge to myself to blog twice a week, preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. Actually, I'm struggling to write anything. Life and illness keep getting in the way. I don't feel inspired or motivated. I haven't added any words to my …

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Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

If you have ever talked to writers or read anything about writers or attempted writing yourself, I am sure you have heard of, if not experienced, writer's block. I think it's another one of those things that separates the amateurs from the professionals. Where amateurs fear writer's block and often use it as an excuse …

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What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to …

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My Writing Process — Blog Hop

I have been very fortunate to meet and become friends with a number of writers in the past four years. Two of those friends invited me to join in on the author blog hop that's making the rounds. I said yes right away. Unfortunately after committing, I discovered that the friends I thought I could …

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No Need to Write Alone

I was recently trying to help a friend who found herself in a rough spot. She kept telling me she had no ideas and was terrified of what was going to happen, yet every suggestion I made she responded to by saying she wasn’t comfortable asking that person for help, or she didn’t want to …

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