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Jun.17.2013
How Do I Find Topics that are Going to Sell? Years ago, I went to a small conference on writing for young adults. After a talk by an editor for a well-known publishing house, one of the participants got up and asked, “How do I know what kids are going to be interested in? How do I find topics that...
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Jun.15.2013
Today is Great Stuff for Writers day at Writing as a Sacred Path, when I suggest resources for people who want to explore a topic a little deeper. This week, I've been posting about spiritual journaling, so today, I'd like to suggest four great resources for anyone interested in beginning or...
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Jun.14.2013
How many reasons are there to keep a spiritual journal? Probably hundreds. In the past few posts, I’ve been listing a few—including some that are my own personal reasons for spiritual journaling. Here are seven more, in the final installment of this series.Why should you keep a spiritual journal?...
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Jun.12.2013
Recently, I revived my practice of spiritual journaling. Why? Because   . . . Because it reminds me to be still. Because it brings me closer to the Sacred. Because my meditation practice isn’t working very well these days. Because it focuses my thoughts. Because it helps me forget that it...
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Jun.11.2013
Spiritual journaling is a powerful practice, and one that is at the center of my spiritual life. Recently, I revived my journaling in order to get through a rough patch—and I’ve once again been reminded of how energizing, enlightening, and supportive it can be. In yesterday's post, I listed 5...
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Jun.10.2013
For a few weeks this spring, I found myself floundering. Maybe “floundering” is too big a word. It was more like hitting a patch of ice on a path. My spiritual practice was slipping and sliding. I couldn’t get traction. I had lost my balance and had nothing to catch hold of—or thought I didn't. Now...
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Jun.07.2013
As a writer who has spent an enormous amount of time over the past five years on marketing and platform-building, I have read scores of blogs and dozens of books on the topic. I have found few resources better than the two I’m recommending in this post. Lynn Serafinn’s Spirit Authors blog (...
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Jun.06.2013
A writer friend of mine is struggling. She is writing about an abusive relationship she is now out of, and is finding herself stuck. It is important for her to write her story, but sometimes she gets overwhelmed by sadness and fear as she writes. As a result, she often has trouble getting started...
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Jun.05.2013
When you finish a novel—or any long work—you arrive at a threshold. Who knows what lies on the other side? You’re not going to find out until you send your work out, and even then you might not know for a long time. Thresholds are called "liminal" spaces in anthropology. This means they're...
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Jun.04.2013
For the last three Tuesdays, I’ve been blogging about the approaches authors take when they submit their work. I’ve written about 4 “types” of authors. The Humble Offerer: sees submission as an offering to the gods—shattered when those gods strike him down.  The Great Benefactor: sees...
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Jun.03.2013
I love the image of the writer as warrior. In Writing as a Sacred Path, I explore the Warrior Writer as one of four sacred pathways for writers, and I have always found it the one that resonates most with me, especially when I’m facing a writing challenge. Writers are like warriors in many...
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May.30.2013
The writing life is a challenging one. Most of us write while holding down other jobs, raising families, keeping our houses clean, and (hopefully) staying healthy and sane. Even for those lucky enough to be able to write full time, keeping on top of our various projects can be complicated....
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May.29.2013
This week, I did something I never imagined I'd do: I made an appointment with a spiritual mentor. What is a spiritual mentor?  Spiritual mentors are trained in the field of spiritual direction (which my university offers a certificate in). They are not ministers, therapists,...
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May.28.2013
For the past two weeks, I’ve been chatting about a few of the ways authors submit their work. I don’t mean “online” or “in hard copy” or “by owl,” but rather the attitude behind the process. I began with the Humble Offerer who sees editors as gods, acceptance as a blessing bestowed only...
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May.27.2013
Years ago, I made a common author’s complaint to a poet friend of mine. “I had a great idea for an article,” I said. “But I was in the middle of a meeting, so I couldn’t write it down, and by the time the meeting was over, I couldn’t remember what it was.” As I spoke, I was picturing a glittering...
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