Writer Wednesday – My Third Act Struggle

On August 26th my endeavor to follow Alan Watt’s workshop “The 90 Day Novel” stalled. For a time I blamed stress over various family concerns. I think now that was an empty excuse. After all, my dry spell totals a surprising eleven days while real life drama escalated months ago.What has changed? I floundered my way into the story’s third act.Was I lazy during my fallow period? No. But was I trul...
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Alan Watt’s “The 90 Day Novel”

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I've been fortunate to have a warm, safe place to share both my writing successes and frustrations in The Writer Zen Garden forum. And now my friends there have welcomed me to host a workshop based on Alan Watt's "The 90 Day Novel".A local writer introduced me to the idea. I resisted at first, not wanting anyone telling me what and when to write. That's how I initially saw this process despite her...
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Writing Tools and Tricks for Getting on the Page

Wisdom abounds about writing goals – so many words written a day, keeping certain routines, having accountability.  Many kindly authors will share their valuable tips when asked.  Yet each individual is different.  To this day none of these ideas have worked for me.Once the glorious bustle of November’s National Novel Writing Month ends, so does my grand output.  Good habits ...
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Reading Deprivation – An Artist’s Way Dilemma

Entering week four of the Julia Cameron “Artist’s Way” workshop, my friends and I face a difficult challenge.  For this seven day period we are not supposed to read – at all.  Already I have fallen back into my word addiction, haunting the aforementioned forum this fine Tuesday afternoon despite best intentions.I succeeded better yesterday, putting back the magazine in my dentist’s wait...
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Writer Wednesday – Going with the Flow

I had a post due yesterday for Writer Wednesday and didn’t have the heart due to the anniversary of the 9/11 travesty.  Today, though, I realized that life should move on in honor of those we lost.  And so, here is a little tidbit I’ve postdated.Films are a passion of mine.  To my delight, some of the most iconic bits from my favorite flicks were happy accidents due to circumstance ...
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Writer Wednesday – Using the Tools

Tips and tricks abound to aid the creative process.  I’ve become familiar with some very clever ones, often through the warm and wise counsel of accomplished author Catherine A. Noon.  She introduced me to the multi-talented Julia Cameron, for example, who has an entire side career dedicated to inspiring fellow artists.  Another gifted friend reminded me just this morning of some g...
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Resuscitating the Inner Artist

I’ve been making a real attempt to renovate the front garden this year.  The neighbors must be pleased; I know I am.  While gardening is invigorating, if often sweaty and exhausting work, the results have been spectacular.  But as punishment for years of neglect, a noxious weed plagues my perennials.  Bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), otherwise known as wild morning glory, is s...
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Lovely Monday

BoriaIt's Monday at four o'clock in the morning, almost five.  I couldn't sleep so I got up to write a bit.  I figured I'd use the time to share some thoughts on writing and life, at least according to Noony.First, a digression: the picture above made me laugh this morning when I wandered my archive looking for something to illustrate today's post.  Boria is an odd cat.  Raised...
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Writer Wednesday: Why Blogs Are Good For Writers

In thinking about a topic for today's post, I am reminded why blogging is good for writers.  Of all the forms of social media available to us, blogging is the most flexible and the most adaptable to an individual writer's style.  Not to diss Facebook, by any means, I merely want to point out that if you're a writer, you ought to be blogging.  Why?Here, then, are Aunt Noony's Five Re...
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