Writer Wednesday – The Dangers of the Echo Chamber and Why Handwriting Is Important

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We are surrounded more and more by media - social media, augmented reality games, television commercials at gas stations; the list goes on.  I'm the first to admit that the internet can bring people together - I am, after all, writing this on  blog I started with some friends, all of whom are geographically scattered. But I have noticed the echo chamber can have an unhealthy effect.  Psycho...
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Darla’s Writer Wednesday – Inspiration

Dear friend and gifted writer Nicole Gordon once gifted me an inspirational book. It’s called “Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing” and offers all sorts of open-ended writing experiments, encouragement from writers and poets, and enough blank pages to let your words roam. That’s taken from the cover, by the way, and fittingly descriptive. Karen Benke and company clearly wish to instill...
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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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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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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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How to Create an Oral History for your Family; or Unforgettable and Unfortunate Things my Kids have Done

How to Create an Oral History for your Family;  or Unforgettable and Unfortunate Things my Kids have Done by Evey Brown It happens almost every time my family gets together, someone says, “Mom, tell us again about the time…” and a certain child is singled out for embarrassment.  The whole family laughs and the forenamed child groans in pseudo shame.  And then everyone sits back as I retell the t...
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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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Q is for Writing Quotes

To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong
One of my most recent addictions is Pinterests. I love browsing quotes and there are so many! Inspirational and motivational quotes for the days when I feel I need a boost to get into the writing zone. Funny quotes for the times when I need that laugh to keep me going through the next writing hurdle. And the advice infographics that help me when I feel a little stuck. There’s everything there, and...
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