Monday, February 8, 2016

I Am Not an Amateur-crastinator

By David Sharp

I am not an amateur-crastinator. I'm a pro. I am highly skilled in putting off till tomorrow what could be done today. I have a natural aptitude for not being on task. In second grade, my teacher told my parents that I was shirking at a fourth grade level. They've never been so proud. Considering the subject, I feel a bit of a hypocrite for posting this blog on time. I really should have waited till Wednesday.

And this expertise impacts my writing as well. Or rather my not-writing. It seems like nothing makes me want to do household chores like scheduling time to write. I can't finish that chapter now; I've got to organize the spice rack! But you can't publish procrastination, so the disorderly spice rack will have to wait.

Friday, February 5, 2016

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

by Joe Siple

Every writer is familiar with rejection. It’s something we never get used to, and something from which very few of us graduate. It can be debilitating and demoralizing. But believe it or not, it’s not the hardest part of writing.
That illustrious distinction belongs to rejection’s close relative—waiting.
Back in the day, waiting took a slightly different form. Snail-mail was the method of choice for query letters, so a certain amount of waiting was inevitable. It took a couple days for my queries to get to the chosen agent and a few more days for my SASE to return to me. So I was looking at a minimum of a week for each query. It was good practice in waiting.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Training Your Inspirational Geniuses to Show Up on Time

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by Tracee Sioux

Flow is the crack you're seeking.

All creatives keep coming back to their craft for one reason—even if they aren't aware of it—to reach a state of flow.

Flow is being heavily researched in science, neurology and psychology these days. It's a state of being where your brain is completely absorbed in what you're doing, it feels a little bit like a meditative state in that you lose track of time and become very "present." You experience biochemical changes and release hormones that make you feel really, really good.

Flow is the crack that keeps writers and painters and software developers and architects and dancers and business geniuses coming back to the work.

Flow is the art of creativity.

Flow is how you touch God.

At it's very essence flow is you opening yourself to an "otherworldly" presence in which you're receiving information that's not really in you already. You can call this otherworldly presence inspiration, God or knowing. It doesn't really matter except to say that it is happening. And you can feel it flow through you.

Since most of your day is full of minutiae, to-do lists, kids, work, paying the bills and shoveling the driveway there are few times when you're really present and experiencing being a "creator." Which is why when you do reach flow it feels so incredibly good.

Seek it more.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Trying to Kick the Writing Blues

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By J.C. Lynne

I was floating on the cloud of Wow, my life is great! A second novel soon to be released. Relaxed, albeit illness ridden, holidays. Wonderful friends, remodel so close to finished.

Third novel is rumbling around in my head just itching for some quiet time to come pouring out. I was flying high!

I don't usually feel the Universe conspires, but this week I felt like it knee-capped me.

Circumstances have arisen that may require my return to the traditional workforce. Bleh. I know, I know first world problems. Jeez, I've had three years off to bust out a second novel. I also busted an ankle and additional follow-up surgery, but not working allowed me to recoup without pressure.

Yeah, I'm whining.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NCW Podcast #48: Soul, Ego, and What's the Difference with Tracee Sioux

by Rich Keller, Host of the NCW Podcast

On this week's episode we speak with author Tracee Sioux who has written a book on listening to your internal voices titled Soul vs. Ego Smackdown: How to say YES! to your Soul and tell your Ego to Suck It! During the interview we discuss what the difference is between the two voices, which one you need to listen to in order to be creative, and the very short time it took Tracee to write this book. You can listen at the NCW website show page, PodOmatic, or iTunes.

We'd like to know what you think about this episode. Please leave your comments here, on PodOmatic, or at iTunes. 

This week's sponsor

This week's episode of the NCW podcast is sponsored by The Eyes of Tokorel series by Drew Bankston and Deb Alverson. Two planets, two families, one romance. It's space opera at it's finest from authors Drew Bankston and Deb Alverson. Order today at Amazon or your local bookstore.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Editing Agony and Ecstasy

By Jennifer Goble

One of the many things I learned in the book publishing process is the value of editors. They are worth every penny. My editor walked me through every page, helped me clarify nebulous content, and made me look good, well, at least, improved my author image.  

My new project, Rural Women's Stories, puts me in a position of editing. Whether I interview women and write the story or they post what they write on my site, I edit before I publish. I am certainly not an editor, but the more I write, the better I get at ‘catching’ the obvious.

I now have a ton of respect for editors, and I understand their importance in quality writing. Northern Colorado Writers has several members who offer editing services: April Moore, Kathryn Mattingly, Teresa Funke, Jennifer Top, Rich Keller, and Nancy Reed. Remember them when you want your work to shine. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Travel Makes Your Writing Better

by Deborah Nielsen

William Least Heat Moon has written about his travels along the blue highways, those two-lane highways, back roads and byways, in his book of the same name. He’s also written about his travels across the country by boat retracing some of the routes used by early explorers in “River Horse.” I consider him to be one of the best travel writers ever and he’s not left the country. Another travel writer I like is also a history professor, James Whiteside, who’s traveled around the western US on a motorcycle and written about his trips in a book called, “Old Blue’s Road: A Historian’s Motorcycle Journeys in the American West.”  If you look up the definition of travel writer, it frequently includes “travel to foreign places” so many of us have the idea that to be a travel writer you have to have a well-used passport. Not so. Travel writing is as much about the history, culture and people you meet as it is about the geographical place.

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