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April Goals

A new month, and one where the 1st hits on a Monday. My favorite kinds of months! I have no clue why, but I love my weekly calendar to start on a Monday, so maybe it stems from there. New month. New beginnings. New goals. Fresh starts. I’m participating in Camp NanoWriMo, which is the mini National Novel Writing Month thingy they do. You can pick your word count here rather than being forced to write 50,000 words. I did it way back when, I believe during their first year, and that’s when I wrote Spark. It worked well for me back then. That being said, I’ve been working on…

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Ambivert Navigates Spotlight

Growing up, when I wanted to be in the spotlight, I was. Through dance, music, theater, and more, I put myself square in the middle of the stage and relished it. Attention was the nature of the “job” if you will, especially when I was first chair trumpet, section leader in choir, starring in the musical, and the team captain of danceline. It was expected, and I loved it when I chose it. How very extroverted of me. When I didn’t want to be in the middle of it all, I hung back. A lot! I was happy to blend in, to see how something was done before I took…

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Putting Writing at the Top of …

Putting my Writing at the TOP of my To-Do List. Help me out, folks. #productivity #amwriting #writing #workathome

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Toolbox Tuesday – Voice Dream Reader

This is one of my favorite tools to use as a writer and editor, but I also use this as a reader. Voice Dream Reader is an app you can download on your phone or tablet that will read text to you. I bought it for my iPhone in the App store, and I’m so glad I did. The app came with Heather and a few other voices. Heather is lovely to listen to, but since most of the characters I read are male, I really wanted a man’s voice. I bought Will, created by Acapela, and have used him the most. More recently I downloaded two new voices created by NeoSpeech:…

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What’s Your Writing Personality?

Helping Writers Become Authors posted a fascinating article on writing personalities, strengths and weaknesses of each, and some help on how to manage these styles. From the descriptions, I’m a melancholic writer, prone to perfectionism, idealism, and insecurity. Yep. Pretty much explains me. What’s Your Writing Personality? – Helping Writers Become Authors. Read and then come back and tell what you think. [polldaddy poll=8590363]

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The Brilliance of Chuck Wendig

I’m not one to read many how-to blogs, partly because the advice is contrived, repetitive, or generic. But Chuck always makes me straighten my spine and have an Ah-ha! moment. Love this article. Five Stupid Writing Tricks Starting… Now « terribleminds: chuck wendig.

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“Inside a Boy’s Head”

I had a conversation with my daughter yesterday about writing. Poppy wanted me to read a short story she had written in her Language Arts class, and she was upset with the editing a male classmate had done on her draft. I completely got that! I’m working through edits on my own manuscript right now, so I could easily feel her pain. For the record, I agreed with nearly everything the boy had corrected on her draft aside from a few commas. After I got done reading and had give her my feedback, Poppy said, “I like writing stories from inside a boy’s head rather than inside a girl’s head…

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Writing Because of Tears

The last time I absolutely had to write or else my brain would explode was in June. I’d watched something and I truly needed to write about it in order to process it. Let me put it this way, someone died in a horrific way. I watched this show on a Sunday night, and then all day Monday, I took my mom to many doctor appointments. We ended up at the hospital for her final appointment. We’d taken the shuttle over and had some time to kill, and she was excited to look around the gift shop. See, her husband was in the intensive care unit there after his bile…

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In For The Long Haul

I’m one of those people that if often labeled “passionate.” I’m okay with that because it’s often true, but I only get passionate about a few, choice things, even if those things are on a perpetual carrousel. That comes with being a Jill of all trades and a master of none, I suppose. One of the things that I am very passionate about is relationships. You’re surprised, right? Haha. I thought not. What I mean to say is really this: I value people taking the time to make relationships work. That’s not to say that all relationships are worth working on. Sometimes breakups and divorce just need to happen. I…

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Get Words Down

I’m shifting gears in my current manuscript, and I feel like I need a mental break. What a great time to write a blog post, right? I think so. Over the years, I’ve purchased many journals. Some are leather, some bound in corrugated cardboard, but my favorite journal has been the Moleskine. Moleskine journals are expensive, but I like the cream colored paper, and the paperboard cover feels less intimidating than leather. Leather feels more permanent, and I often feel as if I need something really important to say before I can write in one. In fact, most of my journals are still blank, aside from the Moleskines. Until now.…

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How I Keep My Butt in …

I have some tools of the trade most people don’t think of as writer’s tools, but when I sit at a computer for extended periods of time, I find I need some things to keep my butt in the seat. That usually means comfort items. So here’s a list of some unconventional tools of mine: A footstool – I use a footstool to elevate my feet when I sit at my desk. It’s comfy and it also reduces swelling if it’s hot outside. A nursing stool – What?!? Yes, for those times I don’t want my feet up or on the ground, I rest them on an angled nursing stool. It…

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