February 11, 2019

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I read an article with advice on how to create the ideal writing environment. Sometimes I fall for these things, even though I've known for years that all I get out of it is guilt. Guilt about not having a beautiful desk. Guilt about not being more organised or productive or creative. 

I've spent the best part of my 20s dreaming of the day I'll have a house big enough to fit my very own desk and maybe e...

February 4, 2019

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I've been thinking lately about what it means to be creative. I have no definitive answers about that. I'm no expert, and I haven't even done my research properly (which usually includes reading several books and scholarly papers). 

I've been thinking about it because I don't have the answer. I'm trying. I'm doing a pack on creativity on my amazing meditation app, Headspace. It's lovely, and it had...

January 31, 2019

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I'm stuck. Remember that breakthrough I had in my story in July? Turns out it wasn't much of a breakthrough after all. It got me ahead in the project, sure. I've written a few more scenes—scenes I thought would be the turning point of the story. But still, my MC blatantly refuses to see that he needs to deal with his emotions. Men. 

Now, unrelatedly (maybe), I have this new idea. It's a sh...

January 28, 2019

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I mentioned last time that I'm kind of doing a little bit of a challenge off of the DIY MFA group. I'm only doing the prompts I think are interesting, and when I got this one, I was intrigued. It's titled "What is your Storytelling Superpower?" Sounds excellent, right? Who doesn't want to know their superpower? There's a quiz and everything. 

I thought it was a bit of an oversell (I'll get back to that l...

January 24, 2019

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There is a challenge going on in one of the groups I skim, and there are prompts. Prompts are helpful because they give me something to write about. So, while I'm not 100% committed to that challenge, I may take advantage of the prompts.

The prompt was: "How did you become a writer?" and Gabriela, who runs the site, offered her "zero moment". But, for me, life doesn't work that way. I don't have "a momen...

January 21, 2019

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First, an admin update: I was trying to switch to the new Wix blog, but I'm not entirely sure about it. One downside for me is that you have to be registered to comment, which I don't like. Everything else looks lovely, however, so I'm doing a hybrid for now. This means that if you're subscribed to my blog you are probably going to be directed to the new blog. However, if you...

January 17, 2019

So... it turns out I wasn't getting notifications on comments from my blog. I thought something was odd but only now got around to looking into it. I've now installed Disqus, which I've been using on my previous site, and so it should be better now. 

If you made a comment on a previous post, I'm so sorry. I was NOT ignoring you! I love comments, and I love to know what my readers think. In fact, that's kind of the whole point o...

January 14, 2019

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I started reading James Clear's Atomic Habits before the Christmas break and finished it last week. It's possible that my feeling that this is a collection of blog posts held together by anecdotes stems from my intermittent (at best) reading of it. And I've read it during particularly difficult weeks, so I may have been less kind because of it. That doesn't negate the fact that you'd do well to just go...

January 10, 2019

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A couple of days ago, over at my super-fun writers' group, we talked about goals. The discussion quickly derailed into ways of sharing your goals, but it was an interesting discussion nonetheless. One thing I want to talk about today is about setting writing goals. 

We talked at the group about goals such as publishing a book, and I've seen people do that. In my academic years as well, I heard people sa...

December 30, 2018

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Right. My amazing MIL took the kids to play outside, so I estimate I have about an hour. I'm completely ignoring the nearly 100 emails in my inbox and ploughing through this. Let's see. Where were we?

Thursday: Keep doing

I want to keep journaling, obviously. I've neglected it a bit since we came to Israel, but I'm hoping this is due to the massive amounts of family members and friends that we've met in t...

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