writing life

Lethargarians, Israelites, and Me

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Some days I feel quite productive, completing projects and meeting deadlines and even returning phone calls (ahem.). But many days, productivity eludes me. These are the days where I’ve touched all the projects, but haven’t pushed any of them forward any measurable distance. (On these days, I certainly did not…

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A Poverty of Words

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Darkness echoes to me as I look down into my writing well. Words are not plentiful today—or this month, really. Writing takes oh-so-much effort when I need to scrape the bottom of the well for the remnants of waters past. I like it best when I come to the well,…

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2012 at The Patch

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Infographics speak my language, making stats and figures attractive and bright. That’s why I’ve been looking forward to the infographic summarizing my 2012 blogging life here at The Patch. Here’s an excerpt from the report: 4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 25,000 views…

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Writing Is the Good Kind of Hard

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Because writers write, you would think that working on a writing project would then be easy. Wrong. It’s not easy. It’s hard, but at least it’s the good kind. I think writers are merely willing to labor longer than others, moving words about and deleting them and starting all over…

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Writing from the Pantry

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Some people can take a bunch of random ingredients from the pantry and create a delicious meal. I am not one of those people. When I watch the cooking competition show Chopped, in which chefs are given obscure (and sometimes rather icky) ingredients with which to make a gourmet dish,…

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Ode to the DMV

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This week’s On, In, and Around Mondays is inspired by my trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles to renew my license. Once again, prepositions take center stage. Where are you writing from this week? L. L. Barkat invites you to tell all about it in the post series On,…

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Tending to My Creative Well

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Author Julia Cameron gave me room to breathe this week. I was feeling a shallow wheezing inside, the sort that comes when a writer frets about squandered opportunities or misplaced ideas or lost motivation. But after reading the chapters for this week’s discussion of Cameron’s book The Right to Write:…

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The Making of a Creative Life

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Breath for the Bones Book Club: Thoughts on Chapter 10 Are artists made or born? My opinion is that they are born, for children are naturally creative, taking risks by following their ideas without thought of the end result. In Breath for the Bones chapter 10 (“Cultivating Creativity”), Luci Shaw…

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