Get Write To It

The Traveling Soul Press Blog sharing tips, thoughts and trends for authors.

  • Happy Holidays & Happy New Year

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    It’s a busy time of year for everyone, and it can be incredibly difficult to carve out time for writing with the hustle and bustle surrounding you. And that’s OK! Taking a break is imperative to refresh creativity. Allow yourself to step away without guilt …

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  • Writing Challenge: A Few of Our Favorite Things

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    Do you have a favorite holiday decoration? This is mine. This was my Mamaw’s musical globe. The angels move in a circle as Silver Bells plays. City sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air There’s a feeling of Christmas Children laughing People …

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  • Are You Still a Writer?

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    If you are a writer, but aren’t currently writing, are you still a writer? Does the adage “once a writer always a writer” apply? Is a parent without a child still a parent? Is a farmer without a farm still a farmer? Is a teacher …

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  • Putting the Puzzle Together

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    In my last blog post I discussed how to find the puzzle pieces of your story. (You can read that post here.) Now let’s talk about how to fit the pieces together once you accumulate them in order to create your big picture. Before going …

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  • Finding the Puzzle Pieces

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    Writing, for me, is a puzzle. Each piece—a chapter, subhead, etc—fits together to form one cohesive picture—an article, a book, a short story, etc. Although I always have a general point in mind, I don’t worry about the outcome until it’s done; I don’t always …

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  • Take a Walk & Listen to Your Heart

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    This morning I joined my 2nd grader and many of his classmates in a national “Walk to School” effort. My son’s excitement over this event has been building for days and he couldn’t wait to meet up with classmates at our community library to make …

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  • Bad Day, Good Story

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    I have had a few bad days lately. Without getting too personal—only because, frankly, I haven’t the strength nor the time to explain the full story—my sister has fought medical battles one after the other since birth. Now at 32, she is a wife and …

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  • Remembering 9/11: I Won’t Forget

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    I won’t forget. 13 years, a marriage, two apartments, two houses, and two kids later, and I won’t forget. I won’t forget sitting at my newly acquired desk, a brand new editorial assistant fresh out of college and only two months into my chosen career. …

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  • I Need to Connect

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    “Hello? Is there anybody in there?” As a writer, I tediously waver between desperately needing readers’ critiques and drastically taking measures to avoid them. I’m guessing many of you understand what I’m describing—that pull between needing mass public approval, yet fearing it won’t ever be …

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  • Procrastination & Deadlines

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    “As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials. It’s a matter of everything you can to avoid writing, until it’s about four in the morning and you …

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