How to Make Your Inner Critic Shut the Hell UP!

My inner critic (IC) is a negative Nancy. So is yours. Okay, and if you’re a man (as a reader pointed out after I wrote this post), it’s a negative Ned. We all have an inner critic and if you say you don’t you’re lying. Our inner critic is the same no matter who we…

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Removing the Roadblocks to Writing

Writers. We don’t choose the calling, it chooses us. We process our world with words. We are people watchers. We find wonder in ordinary, every day things and turn them into stories. We create entire worlds with our minds. But there are a lot of things that keep us from staying committed to the craft.…

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Short Story Monday: Going Home Again

“Funeral or not, I’m not going back home…now or ever again.” Bella pulled another handful of grass from the ground and placed it on her thigh. “So…that’s it? You’re turning your back on everything you’ve ever known? And stop pulling up the grass, you’re gonna leave a bare spot,” said Lenny. She brushed the grass…

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The Year in Review

I can’t believe 2017 is over. Another year has slipped by. On this last day of the year, I completed my fourth online writing course, The Craft of Style. I enjoyed not only the instruction, but the feedback on my stories from other students taking the courses.  If you’re a writer, you know how vulnerable…

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