Happy New Year! What’s new in the Garden?

Happy New Year, Gardeners!  It's a great time to be in the Writer Zen Garden. Inside this blog: Prompt Circles are back - next one is Jan 21st from 2-4 at Open Books Walking In This World online workshop, Jan 22nd through April 22nd F.E.A.R.S. Workshop - Finish, Edit, Analyze, Research and Submit, Feb 5th to Mar 4th Dialog - Who Says What To Whom, March 12th to March 25th A to Z Blog Chal...
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The Writer Zen Garden – Tools From A to Zen: Reflections on the A-Z Challenge

2016-05-09 A-to-Z Reflection [2016]
Wow.  It's hard to believe it's already well into the second week of May already.  It feels like it should still be April.  Or, if I'm being honest, January. Of 2010. But I digress. We all know that time seems to whizz by.  No sooner do we put away the holiday decorations and it's time to take them out again.  So, too, for writing groups.  I've noticed small groups tend to wax and wan...
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Zen

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End mind, beginner's mind?  We're at the end of our challenge for this month, the April A to Z Blog Challenge.  Six of the WZG crew participated this month, and we've brought you all sorts of content from, well, A to Zen.  Thank you for coming along on this journey with us. Why Zen?  Why Writer Zen Garden? One of the central ideas of Zen Buddhism is to be in the now.  By being fully in t...
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Y is for Yoga

Some of the benefits of Yoga are: Increased flexibility. Increased muscle strength and tone. Improved respiration, energy and vitality. Maintaining balance. Weight reduction. Cardio and circulatory health. Improved athletic performance. Protection from injury While I love Yoga...I really do, in this instance I'm using it as a metaphor for writing. Now how can you apply these w...
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An Alternative to Xanax

Writing can serve as a path to the self.  In troubled or stressful times, we need this more than anything, but our society's advice is to avoid the problem - take a pill, a powder, and do anything but face it head on.  As news of Prince's death trickles out, and his possible addiction to prescription medication, it's become even more apparent to me that we are a nation addicted to drugs - lega...
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W is for Why Do I Prep?

I grew up in Florida. On the coastline. Not sure If I really need to say more. I loved storms, watching the clouds roll over the waves and the lighting dance and crack in the sky. But then, I was a kid. I also remember my parents being a lot more worried about tropical storms. Especially ones that grew into Hurricanes and got to be named. Now I grew up in the years before we had males names...
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V is for Viking Swords & Fantasy World-Building

Have you ever envisioned a certain weapon for your character that was so specific that nothing compared to it in reality? I faced that problem in my WIP, and it’s kind of like going on a shopping spree with an exact image of the perfect outfit…. I set myself up to fail. I had in mind an image of a large sword encrusted with gold and jewels. It needed to be light enough for my heroine to wield ...
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T is for Tastiness

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Okay, I’m not sure tastiness is a good subject title. But I’m ready for dinner. So sue me. And I didn’t get assigned the letter O but it is my own fault. I could have requested it. Then again, I wasn’t hungry at the time. ~shakes head~ Anyway, my super secret subject for today is a food I have not yet gotten the pleasure of trying – Japanese okonomiyaki. But I want to taste so badly I ca...
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S is for Sex Scenes and Story

As a writer of Erotic Romance- although I may have to rethink my branding, because what was Erotic ten years ago, can be considered main stream now, it's important to keep sex scenes creative and fresh. How do you do that?  One thing I always try and do is give my star couple their own thing.  By that I mean giving them an act you won't find in another of my books.  I've written 10 books and it c...
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Whoops! R Is For I Gotta wRite Something Quick!

So, I have a cold.  I went hunting around in my archives for a funny picture and came across this gem, snapped by my partner in crime, Rachel Wilder. With friends like these, ... Of course, it captures perfectly how I feel right at this moment, even though it was taken some time ago when I'd just gotten out of bed and was trying to do morning pages.  :) Today is my day to post somethi...
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