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Still: A Poem About Writing, and Home

I had lots of fun in Sardinia with poems that popped into my head, seemingly of their own accord. It was one of the many spin-off benefits of working with creative prompts and writing as part of a group. I wrote a couple of poems on the first day about trying to settle into the [...]

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10 Things I Learned from Taking a Blogging Break

10 Things I Learned from Taking a Blogging Break

I know it’s not the longest of blogging breaks, but two and a half weeks was still long enough for me to take stock of some things when I was away. More on the retreat later on this week, but for now here are some thoughts on being more detached than usual from the world [...]

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Writing 911! 5 Tips to Breathe New Life into Your Writing: Guest Post by Karen Swim

Writing 911! 5 Tips to Breathe New Life into Your Writing: Guest Post by Karen Swim

Whether you write as part of your profession, or as a hobby there may come a time when your writing feels flat and lifeless. You put the words on the page and they seem dead on arrival. You are all out of ideas and procrastinating because you are bored and certain your readers will be [...]

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I’m Back, If Not Quite Blogging Yet

I’m Back, If Not Quite Blogging Yet

Just a quick note to say I’m back, both in Scotland, and online The trip to Sardinia was great: here’s a photo of one of the beaches where we got to (and yes, it was warm enough to swim). Continue reading

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Stick-To-It-Iveness: Guest Post by Lillie Ammann

Stick-To-It-Iveness: Guest Post by Lillie Ammann

When Joanna suggested three topics for a guest post—audacity, tenacity, and community—I knew there was only one possible subject for me. I don’t claim to know much about audacity or community, but I’m an expert on tenacity. My mother called it stick-to-it-iveness. Writers who want someone besides themselves and their families to read their work [...]

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