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    Five Signs You Are A Creative Person

    You dream in vivid color. You often are caught staring out the window. You struggle with knowing who you are. If you nodded your head to any of these statements above, there is a chance you might be creative. But how do you really know if you are creative? Is there a test? Do you have to take a class? Can you read a book?  Well, no. It’s not that easy. To paraphrase Bob Marley, nothing worth doing is easy and if it’s easy, it’s not worth doing. So take a moment, take a deep breath and read. If any of these traits click with you, there is a strong…

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    How do you keep track of your word count?

    Just in time for NaNoWriMo, I thought that I would start sharing some helpful tips as we lead up to NaNoWriMo.   I am a lover of all things NaNoWriMo and I love to talk about it too! So I think I will start with ways to keep track of your word count.  There are several way to do this and it is very much a personal style choice.  So here are just a few out of the many, many ways one can track a word count! I will start off with what I shared in my post about my Writing Corner. I shared about my dry ease white board.…

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    Stalled out

    Since I don’t have an interview this week due to unseen events, I thought I would share a little bit about my writing – or well lack of writing… I’ve stalled out this past week. I dunno why… It might deal with the fact that one of the main antagonist characters decided to ‘flip sides’ and really interested in Sam (my main character) more like a lover.  So this now means that that I have to do a lot of edits dealing with this character.  And it’s a fundamental charge that I am going to really tweak the plot line (nothing major but still a good chuck of the sub…

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    Drawing up Blanks

    I’m drawing up blanks… It’s very rare that I can’t think of anything to blog about. I often can blink and come up with a new idea…. Not today, I’m drawing up blanks… Maybe it’s because I woke an hour earlier and I have been trying to get as much done before my daughter wakes up! But I’ve tried this before… I was able to get some stuff done. Today I am just drawing up blanks… My blog has been going so well this month and I am scared that it might not last… But I have felt like this before and it hasn’t brother much… Today I am drawing…

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    The Usefulness of Binders.

    This writing Wednesday, I thought I would talk about my love of binders!  I love binders! They are just so useful! Binders can be used in many different ways.  All lot of us remember having a binder or two during our school days.  Remember the teacher always showing us how to organize it?  Here are a few ways I use binders from my everyday life to my writing adventures! One of my many binders I have, is a binder filled with notebook paper.  I use this one for free-writes, and brain dumps.  Sometimes staring at the screen doesn’t work or when my daughter is awake and I don’t want her…

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    Non Writing activities

    So, what do you do when you aren’t writing? Wait, people do other things than write? Uh-oh, I’m in trouble! As many of you know, I am a full time stay at home mom. Most of the day I am just chasing my almost one year old (three more days!) around the house. Within the last week she had given up in napping so that has cut down on my blogging/ writing time. But don’t fear, my husband had chosen next week as his vacation so I might get a great chunk of stuff done! J Outside of chasing her and playing with her, I do a LOT of reading.…

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    Coffee Date

    If we were having coffee right now, I would be gagging.  Coffee is like the nastiest thing on the planet…   Hot chocolate on the other hand, now that is what is up! 🙂 I’m not a fan of coffee.  I don’t like the taste, the smell or anything else when it comes to coffee.  I’m the person who goes to the coffee shop and gets chocolate milk to go with my doughnuts!  (Dunkin Donuts for life!) But if we were having coffee (well, you might be having coffee), I would have a cup of hot chocolate.  We might be visiting about all sorts of things.  If we were really…

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    Hook ‘em with a quote…

    “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.” ― Nora Roberts This is one of my favorite quotes when it comes to writing. Let me explain. As writers, we often have an inner judge, jury, editor and critic that lives in our head while we are trying to write. We worry about what other people are thinking or what others might think. That is one of the major causes of writer’s block. Then at the end of the day, we have nothing. You can’t fix nothing! As a lover of NaNoWriMo, I have learned a few things. First off, I learned that getting the words on…

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    Steph’s writing corner.

    Today’s Writing 101 assignment is all about where the magic happens – in other words, where the writing happens! I love sharing about my writing space. (It also asks questions about  writing habits, equipment and other things.  I will get to that in a few!) We had just moved into a new place and it had a sun room.  It was dead space for us for quite a while but them we decided to create an amazing place for work to happen! It has become my favorite place in the house.  We have two desks, a corner desk and then a small glass top desk (that we have had forever!)…

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    Writer’s Procrastination

    I can’t decide if procrastination kills creativity or is essential to it. — Grant Snider (@grantdraws) April 28, 2014 I am in the middle on this statement. Daydreaming or procrastination really does help your creative side to think.  It allows the creative juices flow because your brain is relaxing and isn’t focused on anything.  That is a why so many great ideas come from taking a shower or sitting in the oval office; it’s not a difficult task to do and your brain decides to wonder.  Overall, it sounds great. But (and there is always a but!), too much of a wonderful thing is a bad thing! Only daydreaming will…