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5 Sure-Fire Ways to Kill Creativity or Your Money Back, Guaranteed

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The question, “How do you stay creative?” reminds me of the question, “Where do you get your ideas from?” There isn’t a set way, a step-by-step guide, to creative inspiration. But I know from experience that there are sure-fire ways to kill creativity. I’ve caught myself doing quite a few and I would only recommend…
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An Early Writing (and Life!) Lesson from my Dad

My dad has a veteran's plaque at Willamette National Cemetery.

This week I went to Jenny Milchman’s reading. She was our guest a few weeks ago (post here). Afterwards, hanging out with Jenny and another fabulous author, Johnny Shaw, we got to talking about the promotion and marketing side of our biz. Johnny said he considered it part of his job, like a woodworker sweeping…
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Caeli Widger’s Rebellious Writing Life + Giveaway of REAL HAPPY FAMILY

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Today’s guest is quite the rebel (and we wouldn’t have it any other way).  Caeli Widger is the author of the debut novel, REAL HAPPY FAMILY, which published in March and has been described in reviews as a “page-turner that strikes the balance between humor and heart”; a member of the “Tolstoyan literary tradition, offer[ing] both…
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