Three Lessons I Learned While Writing a Novel First Draft

So the retreat to the Mojave Desert paid off, and I've now officially completed the first draft of my novel-in-progress. I started outlining the story this summer, and it has evolved significantly from first doodles to 110,000-word draft. As a published author and professional writer, I know the most important step is yet to come: …

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Resisting the 3 Steps to Embracing Your Muse

What do you do when you have all of the answers on how to maximize your personal creativity--and you're an inspiration for others in this regard--and yet you don't fully practice that advice in your own life? It's an age-old problem. We know what we should eat in moderation (bacon) and yet, there we are, …

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Honoring Your Child AND Your Muse

How do you honor your muse when you put your children first? It's a question every art-inclined parent surely has weighed. This blog chronicles my return to an art-committed life, but it generally avoids looking back on the choices that kept me off-road. It's not always easy for me to look back, but it's part …

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