Archive for the 'Inspiration' Category

Why It’s So Important to Choose Your Music Before Writing

I’m looking for the right music to set the mood… …because of course every artist is in training to concentrate more fully on the experience of the movement of their art. Writers train to hear the rhythm in the words. Musicians strain to hear the music in the notes…. So the question is what am I going to notice? What to
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Don’t Sit Down in the Woods

“Every writer who’s finished has taken the axe into the woods and carved out their path where there seemed to be none before. They broke through their blocked way swinging word after word after word.” It’s time. Are you ready? If you’ve set yourself a goal to finish that book, above all, you’re going to need stamina. You’re going to
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What to Do When You Suspect It’s Not Enough

“Doubtless some ancient Greek has observed that behind the big mask and the speaking-trumpet, there must always be our poor little eyes peeping as usual and our timorous lips more or less under anxious control.” – George Eliot, Middlemarch, 1871 So you’re finally ready to get honest? You’re finally ready to admit that your writing is no good? Congratulations. Welcome to
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The Bigness of Accepting the Smaller

“Bar the lowly, and no one worthwhile will enter.” – Bonnie Friedman I’m trying to find only the best and brightest thoughts. The big ones that can help make my dreams come true, or lead me to success, or whatever I’m selfishly idolizing at the moment, these are the thoughts I want, and only these. Even lust for God, as
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How a Writer Gets Free of the Struggle

“You are going to feel like hell if you never write the stuff that is tugging on the sleeves in your heart–your stories, visions, memories, songs: your truth, your version of things, in your voice. That is really all you have to offer us, and it’s why you were born.” – Anne Lamott   What terrifies you? It can seem
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