Show No Writing Before Its Time

Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don’t try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It’s the one and only thing you have to offer. —Barbara Kingsolver Writers have many ways of sabotaging themselves. One of the most insidious ones, in my opinion, is showing their work too early. I advise writers not to seek feedback from a writers group, or even a professional editor, … Read More »

The Watcher at the Gate

In an article I’ve saved for a long time, Gail Godwin names her inner critic the “Watcher at the Gate.” The Watcher is “the intellect that examines too closely the ideas pouring in at the gates … passionately dedicated to one goal: rejecting too soon and discriminating too severely.” Godwin writes, “It is amazing the lengths a Watcher will go to keep you from pursuing the flow of your imagination. Watchers are notorious pencil sharpeners, ribbon changers, plant waterers, home … Read More »

Staying Proud

Good morning everyone! One of the biggest things we have to deal with as authors is our self-esteem. Let’s face it, no matter how tough we act, not selling, having others question our skill, and other things take a toll on our confidence. The fact most of us are introverts, any criticism can hurt. Especially when it comes from someone we trust of look up to. How we deal with that is the tricky part. One that gets to me … Read More »

End With Somewhere to Start

Sometimes I run out of steam. Sometimes I run out of ideas. Sometimes I run out of time. Sometimes I just plain get stuck. Whatever the reason that forces me to stop writing, I make sure I won’t have to face “blank screen syndrome” when I settle back into my chair (not completely, anyway). Before I shut my computer down, I like to have some specifics of where the story is headed upon my return. My mind will keep exploring … Read More »

Contemplating your muse…

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With CP Bialois’ post about his muse and the resulting conversation, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to bring a variation of an old post out. See, my first book was actually told from the point of view of a muse. It followed one named Clarissa through the ages as she dealt with a nervous musician, a budding politician, and others. It was an interesting project that made me ponder a lot of questions. Who is my muse? What … Read More »

Controlling the Muse

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Good morning! One of the first things people ask me is how do I get my muse to respond. On the surface, it sounds ridiculous. At least, until you try to answer. If only explaining how we write was a simple as 1+1=2, right? For me, my muse has a severe case of ADHD. He never allows me to focus on a story I’m working on for a few minutes before he throws another idea at me. Talk about short … Read More »

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