Tag : Reflecting on writing

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Have you noticed there is a lot of negativity out there? Sure, it could be the long hard winter we’re experiencing – polar vortexes can dampen the mood of the happiest, most positive people. Regardless of the weather, some people are simply more prone to feelings of discouragement, alienation, and self-pity. In order to get …
Reflecting on your own perspectives on writing and your life as a writer I feel like we can’t have a month where we talk about perspectives on writing without challenging ourselves about our own perspectives on our writing and our life as writers. I find it harder and harder to consolidate for myself what it …
Exercise can bring out the best and the worst in a person.  It can also help or hurt the other commitments in your life.   This month I’ve made a commitment to get more active.  Normally, this is something where I would put my mouth in gear, not my feet.  I also spent some time …
How to not get “Tangled” up in structure and embrace the creative process                 Sometimes the most creative and inspiring ideas come from the brainstorming that occurs when we just write. I have set a timer for 15 minutes and am hoping to write this post in that amount of time; I will post it …
Creativity is a lot like money for us writers: It doesn’t grow on trees… but we sure as heck wish it did! Some of this month we wanted to dedicate to the creative process and how to turn your creative ideas into something worthy of publishing.  As we have said before, not every idea is …
                Does anyone else remember that movie that came out about 6 years ago called “Doubt”? I remember being so excited to see it mostly because in my eyes Meryl Streep is an unparalleled goddess when it comes to acting. It was a movie that challenged a part of the human condition that seems to …
                         I don’t know about you, but I have always had trouble concentrating or focussing deeply on something for extended periods of time. I tend to get distracted relatively easily when thinking of new ideas. Ignoring the potentially undiagnosed pathology of this symptom, I …
Hello! I am Michelle, also known as 221Btls on Archive of Our Own and Tumblr. Just the fact that I am guest blogging is a direct example of why I love writing. It would be difficult to pull from each other the joys of my newest hobby/passion/obsession. The act of writing itself is such a …
Writing when life wants to kick you in the butt is not what any writer signs up for.  Writing should be “relaxing.” I’m sure we’ve all heard the same refrain: “…, but real life got in the way of my writing.”  I have never really understood the concept of  “real life.” I know that it …
I think I will continue my pattern for posts this month and discuss another one of my favourite non-fiction authors but in a completely different genre: memoirs. Frank McCourt wrote his book Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir about his experience growing up and living in Ireland in the 1930s to 40s. The conditions were terrible, the …
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