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Jan.27.2014
Recently, I’ve been posting quite a bit about procrastination. The gist of my posts has been that procrastination has been given a bad rap. It actually serves some important purposes, like giving us time to think, generate ideas, come up with solutions, and simply rest. Quite a few readers have...
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Jan.26.2014
 Transform your writing life one day at a time with free strategies from Writing a Sacred Path.Here's an oldie from 2011. Several years ago, an ambitious student asked if I would mind discussing my career path with her. How had I gotten ahead as a writer? What decisions had I made?...
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Jan.20.2014
Last week, someone called me a “dumb b----” to my face. And by “to my face,” I mean on Facebook. I was commenting with a few FB friends about the weather in Minnesota when someone—not an actual friend or even a FB friend, but a FB friend of a FB friend--posted a racist comment. Since I...
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Jan.18.2014
 Click here to get free life strategies for writers in your email each week. Your greatest strengths can sometimes be your worst faults, according to two recent books. Fear Your Strengths: What You are Best at Could Be Your Biggest Problem by Robert Kaiser and Robert Kaplan...
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Jan.16.2014
Today, I'm going back in time to offer this revised version of a post I did in 2010. It’s 2:55 p.m. You’re in your car outside your daughter’s school waiting to drive her to ballet. You have five minutes. You’ve just arrived at the office and are ready to get to work. Your first conference call is...
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Dec.07.2013
Questions, questions, questions. Writers ask them all the time. It’s part of who we are: Analytic, cerebral, inquisitive. We go through the world looking under old logs and peeking into dark corners, always probing and searching. Questions are good things, generally speaking. But when you’re in the...
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Dec.04.2013
In his brilliant essay, "The Talent of the Room," Michael Ventura famously and eloquently points out the solitariness of the writing process. “Writing is something you do alone in a room,” he writes. “How many years — how many years — can you remain alone in a room?” You can read the...
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Nov.29.2013
I don't often write about writers in my fiction, but I do in a story that's just come out called "The Mystery of an Ending," appearing in The Bicycle Review. (http://www.thebicyclereview.net/current-issue.htm)   The question the story addresses is how you go about deciding to call it quits as...
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Nov.25.2013
Originally posted at reneeswindle.com on October 6th, 2013. My advice to new writers just starting out is to find a way to keep going forward.  Try to write more days than not because, as a writer, you are like a musician who needs to practice and hone her skills. If you miss a day of...
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Nov.23.2013
To join the Renew and Review Writing Challenge by December 1st go here. How happy are you with your writing life? Are you getting all the readers you want? Are you publishing as much as you would like? Are you thrilled—or frustrated? Excited—or  disappointed? Or are you somewhere in...