Musings from my writing desk.

  • Sundry Posts,  Writing,  Writing Habits

    When Creative Juices Stop Flowing, Prime the Pump!

    What do I do when the pump stops working? I prime the pump! I love the metaphor of priming the pump. Though I seem to be collecting metaphors hey have this way of staying tucked into the back of my mind until I need them. But Prim the Pump is one that I’ve used in my writing and in my professional work. What is Priming the Pump? For those of us who don’t live in an urban setting and are connected to a city water system i.e. rural living, having running water necessitates having a well. If you are lucky, you already have one of these. The pipes go deep…

  • Writing

    In Pursuit of Good Habits

    For the past year or so, I’ve struggled to create good habits in my life. As I am in the midst of a transition, I want to create some good habits. For some reason, I am struggling to do so. I have always thought about the fact that it takes 21 days to create a new habit. And all you had to do was power through until that point and you would have a habit. Except that misses a very important point: How do you find the motivation to repeat something every day for 21 days or more? I knew I wanted to begin a few things to add to…

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    No One Loses NaNoWriMo

    Any long time reader of this blog knows I love NaNoWriMo. For those who don’t know what that is, it stands for National Novel Writing Month and happens every November. Each year for the past 4 years, I have awaited November, more or less, eagerly. Until this year that is. It wasn’t that I didn’t have stories to write. In fact I’d spent some time working with a story that I’m quite excited about still. It wasn’t that I didn’t have companions to go on this journey with me. TC Wrimos is an active group and within driving distance. We tend to meet up throughout the year for this alone.…