Category Archives: Muses and Madness: The Writing Life

Posts about creating an inspiring writing environment, setting writting goals, and discovering new writing ideas.

Rewrites–not as much fun as writing!

Several months ago I received an exceptionally thorough critique on my completed manuscript. The most useful critique I’ve received on any of my writing. The manuscript received high marks on characterization and plot, but–and there is always a but–other things … Continue reading

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Calendar Girl

January seems the logical time for new beginnings. I suppose that’s the reason we make resolutions on New Year’s Day instead of on Halloween. I’ve given up on diet and fitness resolutions because each year my new beginning quickly turns … Continue reading

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Review, Revise, Rewrite

The three R’s have changed! All writers experience the process of reviewing, revising, and rewriting at several points along the way to a finished manuscript. The boring part of writing; the real work of writing. I’m discovering that the process … Continue reading

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Vacation Time

I’m taking a break from my usual routine this week for a vacation to Charleston, South Carolina and then on to Savannah and Jekyll Island, Georgia with my daughter. So far, the weather has been beautiful. We visited a tea … Continue reading

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Survive or Thrive?

The difference between thriving and surviving is the element of personal growth. Survival takes commitment, endurance, and self-discipline. Surviving implies simply existing instead of living. Surviving brings relief when the problem is resolved. Survivors encounter a problem, take whatever action … Continue reading

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When Life Gets in the Way . . .

I’m baaaaaaack! After a year’s absence from this blog, I don’t know where to begin, so I’ll just write off the silent months as life getting in the way of life. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned, and we … Continue reading

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Make Yourself Happy

Last week, my daughter invited me to hear Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love speak about her travels and writing. I had read the book and seen the movie, so I jumped at the chance to hear her experiences. … Continue reading

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Rejuvenate Your Muse

I slept away most of last week because of an upper-respiratory infection. My illness didn’t require bed rest, but the meds made me drowsy. I spent awake time, listening to audio books and watching movies and TV reruns. After three … Continue reading

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Writing through Problems

I never thought I would say, “I hate technology!” Formerly a techno-junkie, I loved learning new technology, buying new tech toys, and discovering new ways to use technology in everyday life. Then came the new Smart Phone. I thought I … Continue reading

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Staying Focused

Last week, I accomplished my goal of staying focused on one writing project. I used the week to research, write, and revise one piece of writing. At first, I found it difficult to focus on just one piece of work, … Continue reading

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