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Talking Your Story To Death

Have you ever talked about a story so much that you then could never write it? I have.  When I was a newer writer, this happened to me several times.  Sometimes it was in one-on-one conversation, but mostly it happened in a critique group I attended.  I loved that critique group, adored the people in […]

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When to Go Back, When to Let Go?

Today, I am answering another Burning Question.  Jessica asked about finding the balance between going back to old work or letting it go.  She had read an author state that old work is the work of a younger you and you should move on from it.  On the other hand, she'd also read interviews with […]

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Does it Really Take Talent?

Consider two writers: Writer A, is unbelievably talented.  She writes prose so gorgeous and true and deeply felt it makes your hear break.  Not only that, she has that ineffable trait called a voice.  You'd recognize her writing anywhere and drop everything to read it.  In short, Writer A has talent.  Scads of it.  But […]

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Lower Your Expectations

I have been a walker for years.  For the past twenty years, maybe more, I've walked three times a week with my friend Sharon.  We met when our kids, then wee, were in a cooking class together, started walking, and kept up the habit ever since.  We were a familiar sight on our route around […]

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Taking a Break

Last weekend, I left home for a night to head south to Eugene, home of my alma mater, the University of Oregon (Go, Ducks!). This may shock you–it shocked me–but I didn't even turn on my computer the entire time I was gone.   And I had a blast.   We ate at Rennie's and the Glenwood, […]

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Coming to Consciousness

Writing helps me come to consciousness. This morning, writing in my journal about a problem, I was again reminded of how writing helps me become conscious.  Specifically, I've been working on being present and conscious with food.  You know, chewing instead of gulping meals down.  Setting my fork down and pausing in the middle of […]

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