Writerly Life

All about living life as a writer…

Oh Calliope, Where Art Thou?

I have a confession to make. It’s Thursday, and today I am struggling to honor my commitment/challenge to myself to blog twice a week, preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. Actually, I’m struggling to write anything. Life and illness keep getting in the way. I don’t feel inspired or motivated. I haven’t added any words to my …

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Writer’s Block is an Opportunity

If you have ever talked to writers or read anything about writers or attempted writing yourself, I am sure you have heard of, if not experienced, writer’s block. I think it’s another one of those things that separates the amateurs from the professionals. Where amateurs fear writer’s block and often use it as an excuse …

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What I Wish I’d Known Then…

I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to …

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My Writing Process — Blog Hop

I have been very fortunate to meet and become friends with a number of writers in the past four years. Two of those friends invited me to join in on the author blog hop that’s making the rounds. I said yes right away. Unfortunately after committing, I discovered that the friends I thought I could …

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The Next Step–Get Published!

As I’m sure every pre-published author has, I read Stephen King’s On Writing, and pretty much every other autobiography of successful novelists I could get my hands on. The majority started out writing and selling short stories. So, I prepared to do the same thing. I have written some flash fiction (short, short stories of 1,000 …

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DIY Writer’s Retreat Debriefing

“That Perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”  ~~Aprha Behn   I have now been home for two weeks from my DIY Writer’s Retreat, and as this is the eve of NaNoWriMo, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what I set …

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Do-It-Myself Writer’s Retreat

I have been dreaming of going to a writers’ retreat for years. While reading a magazine aimed at those of us pursing a writing career, I came across the idea of a DIY Writers’ Retreat. The article (which I have since lost and forgotten all the citation information) gave suggestions for holding your own writers’ …

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What are distractions, really?

“Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet.” — Anonymous The Internet is only one of my many distractions. A little over three years ago I naïvely thought that after having been an insatiable reader since early childhood and investing years in studying and teaching literature, I would be …

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Happy NaNoWriMo!

For those of you who aren’t writers, or aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, this post is to inform, inspire, and share my experience thus far. NaNoWriMo (pronounced nă-nō-RĪ-mō) stands for National Novel Writing Month. I first heard of this when I read Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt in January 2010. At that time …

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