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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ask Me Anything

Ask me anything, seriously.  Use the contact box found in the right column. 

I was asked:

What is the best part about being a writer?

The best thing about being a writer?...languishing in the written word; embracing thoughts and ideas and creative moments; the idea of fulfillment when a piece of work is complete and published; the art of living with a pen in your hand (figuratively), and using this art to communicate with the world.

 How do you deal with writer's block?

Sometimes you can hasten the end to writer's block, and sometimes you have to rid...e it through. If you think too hard on it, the harder you try to pull yourself out, the deeper you're locked in to it. Relaxation is the key for me: spending time with a good cup of coffee and an old fashioned pen and paper, jotting down notes; ambient background music (no vocals); candles and incense (this must be the Wiccan part of me); and sometimes (during the warm seasons) I like to write outdoors, at a table on our deck.

 What is your advice for aspiring writers?

My advice for new writers-- keep writing. Keep a notebook in your purse, or car, or backpack. Observe the world and life around you. Jot down impressions, things people say, a description of the sunset, a sudden thought that leaps into your mind. Keep writing. Write even when you know that what you're writing this moment, today, is never going to be seen by anyone but you. There's a reason that you are drawn to write, and only by writing will that reason be revealed.

 What are you currently working on?

 I'm currently juggling manuscripts for two projects. I'm going to work at my own pace this year and come the end of 2015, when I'll take stock and start setting some serious deadlines. I'm kind of breathing a sigh of relief as my 4th book (The Spiritual Feminist) was released this year, April 24th. I swore I would wait a year before beginning another project, but I never do...writing is as essential to the writer as breathing.

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