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Write Out The Heart – Review and Special Offer

Write Out the Heart is a program Fiona Moore developed after joining 1000 Voices Speak For Compassion and seeing that writers often felt self-doubt. For over two decades, Fiona has worked with many creative people, helping them to release blocks to creativity and to “express their authentic self, and make difference with their lives.” Write Out The Heart takes what …

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This Post is a Waste of Time (or maybe not)

here is a saying that you teach what you need to know. I often write about ways to get beyond writer’s block. Guess why? Actually, it’s because I want to pass on my awesomeness to you. I’m super-uper-duper at writing fast and furious without a moment’s hesitation. I get out of bed at 5 am every morning and I’m at …

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What’s Your Writer’s Scaffolding?

I’ve been editing a story I wrote years ago. I liked the story, but editors didn’t. I tried to figure out what was wrong with it, cut stuff out and tried again. More rejections, so I gave up. A long time later, I opened up the various versions (some in formats so old that Word didn’t recognise them and I …

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The Friday Review: The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Although The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has similarities to the books about the writing process that I’ve reviewed so far, it also has significant differences. For Cameron, as well as Anne Lamott and Natalie Goldberg writing is process of becoming conscious. None of them tell you how to create the perfect plot that will propel you to fame and …

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The No-Na-No diary: This Moment is All We Have

I’m not sure if this is part of my No-Na-No diary, or just some random thoughts –  but here goes. I am so, so pleased to have taken the pressure of myself and decided not to force words that don’t need to come. The last two days I have carried on working on the novel I began for NaNoWriMo, at …

Lessons in Writing From a Mouse

This mouse is my new guru. I came across it on Facebook and it has had me captivated for days, helped me rethink my approach to novel writing and reminded me of what’s important in life. I’ve already shared this video on Facebook and included it in a post on my other blog, but this time it’s getting a post …

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NaNoWriMo Diary. Putting Pen to Paper.

I’ve started. It’s only the 2nd of November and I have written 170 words so far of this year’s NaNoWriMo novel. Last year I didn’t bother at all, and the year before that the month was halfway through before I put pen to paper. Or, more accurately, before I tapped the keyboard and formed some words on a – what …

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Is it Writer’s Block or a Writing Break?

Sometimes when a writer hasn’t written much for a while he or she can feel stuck, unable to write, convinced no words will every flow from the pen or keyboard again. This feeling of being stuck is so common that we have the extremely familiar term “writer’s block.” Dozens, maybe even hundreds, of books have been written about how to …

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7 Ways To Help You Write When You Feel Depressed

My first daughter was six months old when I began studying for an MA in Creative Writing. I wrote in snatches when she slept – which wasn’t often – and I was often exhausted. Towards the end of the second term, I was pregnant again. I was allowed an intermission and also planned to find a  babysitter for our older daughter for when the intermission …

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Why Do I Write? Why Do You Write?

There’s something about seeing someone you love stare death in the face and voice regrets that leads to pondering life’s big questions. At least, there’s something about my father nearing the end of his life and talking about his regrets that has got me thinking deeply.Isn’t it strange how much we dwell on what we think we’ve done wrong, on …