Desperately Seeking Endorphins

Like many of us creative types, exercise is part of my ‘process’. I rely on it to help me figure out complicated points in a story, or ruminate on what motivates a character, or organize my authorpreneurship business. What I don’t rely on it for is a ‘high’. That’s right, you heard me. I don’t…

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On My Knees

I spent a significant portion of my yesterday on my knees. Before you wonder if I’ve suddenly become fervently religious or you have other (ahem!) ideas, let me provide the reason. I was weeding. Lots and lots of weeding. Happy First Day of Spring! The first day of this season of renewal can be a…

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Creations in the Sea

I am a BIG fan of TEDTalks.  If you haven’t found TED yet, allow me to introduce you to a video that captured my attention recently. It’s about being creative, and leaving a legacy for posterity.  Not only outliving you, but serving the needs of creatures we should protect. Intrigued?  Click on the title below…

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Bright Shiny Things Syndrome

I had a multitude of questions last week when I posted about writing THE END on my latest manuscript. Most often, people asked how long it took (just under 3 months). They said they were in awe. And they asked how I did it. This applies to any creative – I AVOID THE BRIGHT SHINY…

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Stretching Makes Us Stronger

I have always been something of a wild child. I don’t relish routine. My mind moves fast and my attention span is short. Feed me a diet of the same thing on a regular basis, and I yyyaaaawwwnnnnn… Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not about to jump out of a perfectly good plane, nor will I…

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I Found My Two Awesome Hours

Like most of us, I have too much to do. Way. Too. Much. Never enough hours in the day or days in the week. Times when I feel like I’m missing out, or I’m working distracted when I would be so much more productive concentrating. Cursed with a recent missing link in my productivity genome,…

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A Little Kona Beauty

I’m yearning for the islands today, the Big Island of Hawai’i specifically.  I dug into my photo archives for some island beauty to inspire my creative hours.  Enjoy! Mahalo!

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Sagging Middles – Causes and Solutions – Part 2

“Dear Dr. K, can you tell me why I have such hot-start beginnings and then often have nowhere to go after that?”             – Writer Dawn, via Facebook   If you missed Part 1 of this blog, the background on what should be in the middle of a story, you can find that entry here.…

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Sagging Middles – Causes and Solutions – Part 1

“Dear Dr. K, can you tell me why I have such hot-start beginnings and then often have nowhere to go after that?”             – Writer Dawn, via Facebook   Thanks for the terrific question, Dawn! We all face this issue, maybe with each story we write. We crank along thinking it’s going so well, we…

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Guest Blogging on Plotter vs. Pantser

Hi writing friends! Today I’m guest blogging at Janice Hardy’s excellent website, Fiction University.  Please visit and comment – I’d love to her your thoughts on “Plotter by Day, Pantser by Night”! Plotter by Day, Pantser by Night And check back later this week, when I tackle the messy issue of “Sagging Middles”! Have a…

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