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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Successful Inefficiency

I live and work in a house with many stairs. Four levels, in fact. Granted, they are short levels, half-stories, but still… A friend recently spent the day with me. One of our conversations when something like this.   Her: (Seeing me run up the stairs with a single item in my hand – again.)…

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How Distractions Benefit Creativity

I am a BIG fan of TED Talks. For those of you who have not yet discovered this marvelous free resource for inspiration, TED is a nonprofit that captures talks of 18 minutes or less on a variety of interesting and thought-provoking topics. No matter what you’re area of interest, there is probably a TED…

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Using Strong Emotions as Creative Fodder

Sometimes, life swamps us like that unseen sneaker wave when we walk the beach. Out of nowhere, what we’d planned as a calm and joyful time turns sad. We attempt to make the best of things, but it still hurts. I had such a weekend. Friends I traveled to see suffering from sudden tragedies we…

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