Finding & Following Your Voice

5 Bad Writing Goals and How to Make Them Better

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 1, 2018 2 Comments • views: 678
5 Bad Writing Goals and How to Make Them Better

Did you set good writing goals for 2018, or did you set goals that will only discourage and delay your progress? I talk a lot about goals in the Writing and Wellness “Start the Year off Right” bundle, which you can download for free here, but I thought it might help to look at some […]

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New Ways to Gain Confidence in Your Writing Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on December 18, 2017 4 Comments • views: 697
New Ways to Gain Confidence in Your Writing Voice

I had the pleasure of playing French horn in a recent local theatrical production of “The Little Mermaid.” The typical process goes like this: the orchestra meets a few times on their own to become familiar with the music, then the orchestra meets with the actors/singers to go through the music alone (no acting, just […]

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How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Writing Progress

Filed in Boost Creativity, Finding & Following Your Voice by on October 2, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1257
How to Stop Sabotaging Your Own Writing Progress

My family and I took a trip to Alabama one year to see my younger brother, who was attending military school there at the time. We went out to lunch at a cute little restaurant, and when the waitress asked if we wanted something to drink, I requested, as I often do, both a glass […]

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How This Artist Helps You Find Your Unique Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on September 28, 2017 0 Comments • views: 920
How This Artist Helps You Find Your Unique Voice

by Carrie Brummer My first professional post was teacher at the age of 22. I spent years in the classroom LOVING what I did. But then, something started to niggle in the back of my mind. I started to wonder, “was this really enough?” “How else could I make an impact on a greater scale?” […]

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How to Get What You Really Want Out of Your Writing Career

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on July 17, 2017 2 Comments • views: 1580
How to Get What You Really Want Out of Your Writing Career

Last summer, I attended a panel filled with award-winning, bestselling literary writers. The experience was outstanding in many ways, but I was surprised by what one author had to say. This author had been lauded over and over again for his talents. He’d won numerous awards for his fiction, including international awards and the PEN/Hemingway […]

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Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on June 5, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1466
Why You Need to be Bad Now and Then to Write Well

I saw part of an original Star Trek episode the other day that got me thinking about our “dark sides.” It’s the episode where a transporter malfunction splits Captain Kirk into two people. Called “The Enemy Within,” it follows the story of the two as they display unique characteristics. Seems there is a “good” Kirk […]

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A Quirky Way for Writers to Reclaim Their Unique Creative Power

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 22, 2017 12 Comments • views: 2139
A Quirky Way for Writers to Reclaim Their Unique Creative Power

Have you given your creative power away? Let’s find out. Imagine for a moment you’re a character in a fantasy novel, and at the very beginning of the story, you’re given the power to write. There you are in your cool leather outfit walking around with your writing power, and all of a sudden it […]

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5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 8, 2017 4 Comments • views: 1736
5 Things Smart Moms Know that Writers Need to Learn

How often have you, as a writer, called your book your “baby?” A lot of us do it, because we put so much of ourselves into our work. We talk about “conceiving” ideas, “incubating” plotlines, and “birthing” our stories when the time is right. Nothing compares to having a real child, but writing and publishing […]

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How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on March 1, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1577
How to Work with Your Personality to Make Writing Easier

by Marcia Yudkin Having coached scores of writers over more than 30 years, I’ve observed that they often struggle for two reasons: They tend to fight their inborn tendencies rather than accommodating them, and they have an overly rigid idea of how writing needs to take place. Have you tried to write in the way […]

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A New Way for a Writer to Find Her True Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Writing for Change by on January 25, 2017 3 Comments • views: 1467
A New Way for a Writer to Find Her True Voice

by Ulrike Selleck When I was five years old, I drowned. While my friend and her mom desperately tried to fish my lifeless body out of the water, I actually had the most amazing, beautiful, light-filled, and cozy experience. I experienced where I lived, who I really was, had been, and always will be: Divine. […]

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What Your Punctuation Reveals About Your Personality

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 9, 2017 9 Comments • views: 2945
What Your Punctuation Reveals About Your Personality

You’ve heard of handwriting experts, those people who can read something you’ve written by hand and tell you what your personality is like. A certain slant to the letters, size of the consonants, or openness between words can reveal characteristics you’d never expect could be revealed simply by your handwriting. Now, in a recent study, […]

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How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on January 2, 2017 4 Comments • views: 2480
How to Set Writing Goals that Actually Work

It’s that time of year again, the time when we all tend to think about what goals we want to set for the New Year. What have we yet to accomplish? Where do we want to be a year from now? Usually setting goals is a good thing, particularly for writers and other creatives. We […]

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