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Letting Go of Who You Were To Move Forward as a Writer

Letting go of who you were is always harder than you can possibly imagine. Though I have spent all this time and emotional energy discovering my writing style, building confidence to become a writer, honing my skills and so forth, the reality of leaving my old profession, and my old self behind, only just hit me. A few months ago, I watched three landscapers struggle…

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The 2 Levels Of A Writer’s Room

A writer’s room is a space where a writer feels safe enough–in mind, body and spirit–for her senses to bleed…without bleeding out. It’s where she can fully be her writing-self, and where her writing process is created and is developed. At least, that’s how I see it. Visualize the writing room as this infinitely adaptable space protected by a boundary of expansive energy, like dark…

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Finding A Distinct Writing Voice and Writing Style

Recently I reread the chapters “Simplicity and Clutter” from William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. Though I read this book years ago and didn’t get much out of it, this time around, the clouds parted, the sun shined, and a rogue wave knocked sense and clarity into me. Of course it’s impossible to have a distinct writing voice and writing style, I write with clutter! –William…

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3 Steps To Becoming a Self-Disciplined Writer

Once I decided I was ready to become a writer, I knew I had to become a self-disciplined writer. Otherwise, my life’s true purpose, becoming a great writer, would never transpire. Unfortunately, most of my life I found it difficult to be consistent, to resist distractions, to think  before acting, and to carry out decisions and plans without taking ten too many and often unrelated…

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Why Writers Should Be Greedy And Never Satisfied

Most, if not all writers write to self-satisfy. But we must stay hungry to become a great writer. Accept you will always be hungry and satisfied only for a short time. Celebrate your hunger. And live for the journey–the writing process–not the destination. My body physically aches when I write. A hungry, humming, delicate, exciting, good ache that will not let go until tended. Even…

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When You Change, Make Your World Change With You

To become a writer, or to go through any life change, though there is not one specific path, there is one specific requirement: rethink who you think you are and adjust your immediate world to match. Why? Because you are no longer you. Embrace it, don’t resist, or suffer the consequences. Rue the day…go on, start ruing! –Stella (Silverado) Think of resisting change like deciding…

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Are You Ready To Become A Writer?

Every once in a while I would ask myself, “Self, are you ready to become a writer?”  My answers have changed through the years. Initially, myself would answer, “No, shut up.” Later, myself would answer, “No, stop asking.” A few years ago myself started taking long thoughtful pauses before answering, “Not just yet.” Finally, last summer, myself said, without being asked, “I’m ready to become…

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