Reasons to Keep a Journal

I first started journaling years ago because Julia Cameron told me to.

Not literally; I’ve never met or communicated with the renowned author and screenwriter personally.

However in her bestselling creative self-help book/program The Artist’s Way, which I completed in 2011, she advocates a practice of “morning pages”—three handwritten, stream-of-consciousness pages of journaling first thing every morning.

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How Do You Write a Book?

I’m always taken aback when a non-writer is impressed by the act of writing a novel.

In last week’s post, I wrote about my passion for writing and how, in reality, my devotion to it presents as rather obsessive and possibly a little pathetic.

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Some Positive Affirmations to Guide You (and Me) Through the Writing Critique Process

Writing is not a team sport, except for when it eventually becomes one.

Overall, I consider writing the most solitary of the arts.  Not only does writing a novel involve spending months, if not longer, alone inside one’s head trying to reproduce the drama unfolding therein, the interim stages of an unfinished novel hold next to no interest.

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On My Many Favourite Red-Haired Musicians From Different Times in My Life – pt. 2

Photo by Jez Elliott

(Continued from Part 1)

I’ve previously blogged about the surplus of redheaded singer-songwriters in my music collection.

Specifically, the fact that, during three key periods of my life, one of my favourite recording artists—if not the favourite—was a woman with red hair.

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My Celebratory 300th 301st Blog Post

Last week I posted my 300th blog post.  And true to form, missed out on commemorating the occasion.

This is something of a trend for me when it comes to my writing.  I’m constantly overlooking my memorable achievements.

(What few memorable achievements I have as an unpublished, unconnected writer.)

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Critique is About More Than Just Improving Your Novel

TV sitcom Home Improvement characters Al (left) and Tim (right)

In a previous post, I shared thoughts I’ve had about my novel being critiqued by my critique group.

One post is nowhere near enough words to cover my insights on this process, which is still in progress.

One particular insight has taken me all the way back to the 1990s.

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