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Writing When Life Gets Crazy by Jack Popjes

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Shortly after I agreed to write this blog post on the topic "Writing When Life Gets Crazy," it did. The saying “It never rains but it pours” is apt for my life right now. I received invitations to speak at 7 events taking place within 18 days. Our chronically ill youngest daughter took a turn for the worse and needed rides to multiple medical appointments. A vehicle her family and we often share was down for major repairs. And to make it “a perfect storm,” my five-month-old laptop started giving trouble and was sent away to have its hard drive replaced. I’m writing this on a loaner laptop, trying to do without email for several weeks, muddling through back-up files of speaking notes and half-written blog posts. (more…)

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Writing When Life Gets Crazy by Pamela Mytroen


When isn’t life crazy? Job, family responsibilities, and news events crash against us like the wind batting and shaking our homes. If that’s not enough, then the media whispers ceaselessly around the cracks of our windows, letting us know that we are not beautiful, wealthy, or powerful enough. And yet we must take time to write through these storms. How? (more…)

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Nothing is Wasted by Violet Nesdoly


For most of us writers, working demands a certain amount of predictability and solitude. But life doesn’t always deliver that. Sometimes it gets crazy. Then the question becomes this: Do we continue to write or do we drop the pen and surrender to circumstances? To begin to answer these questions, let’s look at some of the things that might hinder our writing. I can think of at least two types of interruptions that can mess with a writing routine: planned and unplanned. Planned interruptions include things like Christmas, summer vacation, weddings, elective surgery, house renovations, and moves. Unplanned interruptions could be car accidents, personal illness, illness or death of a spouse, needy family members, or natural disasters like floods or fires. The way we maintain our writing practice through these two types of interruptions is slightly different, at least that has been my experience. (more…)

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12 Ways to Carve Out Writing Time by Steph Beth Nickel

Carving Tools

Sometimes life gets crazy busy. I know. I know. That’s an understatement. However . . . If we’re going to actually write (and not just dream about “someday”), we have to carve out some time. Here are a dozen suggestions on how to do so: (more…)

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Add Colour to Your Writing by Janice L. Dick

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When my son arrived in Lima, Peru, while on a mission trip some years ago, he was struck by the riot of colour in the city. His email said, “It looked like a kid had gone crazy with a box of crayons.” Without naming any colours, he had created a picture of the scene I will never forget. How can we add colour to our writing so it lives in the minds of our readers? (more…)

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Colour Me Gracious by Brenda J. Wood

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Writers' groups and their goals are as varied as the words on a page. They range from the tender and all-forgiving to the meanest criticism in the world. I’ve been a member of both types of groups and I definitely prefer the kinder kind. Unfortunately, some people thrive on shredding your work to pieces because "their type of writing is right," and therefore, yours cannot possibly be. Many a writer will tell you that harsh criticism stilled their words for months on end. Of course we should speak the truth with love but never with underlying vicious motives. Dare we ask ourselves how kind we are to other scribblers? (more…)

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Adding Colour—Literally by Tracy Krauss

Coloured Paper

As an artist as well as a writer, I know the importance of colour. Yet I’ve read a few manuscripts with a distinct lack of it. Rather than "fifty shades of gray," perhaps we should be looking for fifty words to express exactly what we envision. (more…)

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A Writer Who Speaks or A Speaker Who Writes? by Jack Popjes

Mic on Stage

Am I a writer who speaks, or a speaker who writes? I don’t know. What I do know is that the words I write as I tell a story for my readers are completely different from the words I use when I tell that story to a live audience. (more…)

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Adding Colour by Pamela Mytroen


The hotel room I am staying in depresses me. Shades of brown from the bedspread to the carpet and drapes and even the beige wallpaper and gold-framed art are lacking an accent colour. But what is worse, a bland monochromatic colour scheme or loud colours of every shade shouting at you? To add colour to our writing maybe we should paint it on as an accent rather than pour on the whole gallon. Writing through our five senses of smell, taste, touch, hearing, and sight adds pops of colour. (more…)

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Back in the Poetry Saddle by Violet Nesdoly

Riding on the Beach

Unless you're a poet laureate of some kind, you'll probably not get an assignment to write a poem anytime soon. Writing poetry is very much a self-initiated activity and easy to postpone till later. Even after you've taken a summer break and are fresh again, unless writing poetry is the main type of writing you do, it's easy to let that saddle gather dust. (more…)

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