Julie’s Personality Type: I, I, I, I (with a little S, F and J)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

This picture is just a joke. I don’t have a cat. I’ve never been hooked on personality types to explain why I am the way I am. I’m an introvert, and I usually put a period at the end of that sentence. Why go on? But this week we’re talking about how our personalities influence our writing, so I decided to take a few personality tests and see what else…

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How My Creativity Found Me

Thursday, October 12, 2017

I come from a right-brained family. As a child, I’d wander the neighborhood, lost in my imagination, while my brother would stay home and draw. I never thought of what I did as being creative though. That was my brother, who knew he was going to be a comic book artist from a very young age. I left the art to him, and spent all my time reading. But many years…

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Kimmery’s Cure For Brain Freeze

Kimmery Martin
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Today we are talking about creativity and how to get some. Here’s a fun factoid: one of the most interesting things regarding the question of where creativity comes from is where it doesn’t come from. Research indicates that when people are allowed to improvise, the region of the brain associated with planning, inhibition, and self-censorship deactivates itself. That’s correct, writers! In order to do your job well, you must allow…

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Imagining on an Epic Scale

Monday, October 9, 2017

When imbalanced brain chemicals send me into an anxious, self-doubting spiral, my beau generally says to me something along the lines of: “You have worlds inside you.” It’s his way of reminding me, when my brain is trying to tell vicious and defeating lies, that I am creative and passionate — and perhaps more importantly, that I have the ability to communicate those worlds to others. I think those worlds…

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Invoking the Muse

Monday, October 17, 2016

This week the Debs are talking about how they torture their characters, make choices for them, or how their characters lead the way.  One of the most wonderful things about writing is how the mind seems to unravel the story from a place hidden deep inside. I can’t tell you how many times I have stopped writing after a few hours and sat back to re-read the words and thought,…

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Spinning Stories: Working the Creative Muscle

Thursday, June 11, 2015

One of my favorite parts of being a writer — and running CAKE Literary — is brainstorming. Finding a kernel of truth (or fantasy), a what if, and spinning it off into a million directions until I have something real and solid, something that can actually become a story. Like some of the other Debs, I have a folder full of story starters — ideas, character names, settings, things I…

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Want to curate creativity? Be curious, go running, don’t ditch the bad ideas.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I’ve had this blog post sitting on my desktop — unwritten aside from title — for two days now. The original title? CREATIVITY. Pretty creative, eh? Because here’s the thing about creativity…at least MY creativity…it’s usually flowing strong but not always in the direction it needs to be going. As I write this I have a magazine article, a magazine pitch, two book synopses, and revisions for book 2 sitting…

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Creativity: Stay Open to It

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

As a shiny-new author, I’m already aware of the fascination book lovers have with where ideas come from. I have yet to be at a book event where the guest author isn’t asked where the ideas come from? With all the books and movies and tv shows out there, it is astounding that creators keep finding news ways to tell stories. Yet, we do. Once upon a time, considering myself…

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Guest Author Mary Vensel White on Looking Inward, Opening Outward + Giveaway of THE QUALITIES OF WOOD

Saturday, June 14, 2014

We are thrilled to welcome Mary Vensel White, whose debut novel launches in just a few days on June 17! Called “a haunting and provocative debut” by Christina Baker Cline, author of Orphan Train, The Qualities of Wood is a novel about secrets. Family secrets. Community secrets. And secrets between lovers, past and present. And all of these secrets have their price. When Betty Gardiner dies, leaving behind an unkempt country…

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Creativity and Going Back to Nature

Friday, June 13, 2014

As luck would have it, this week’s Deb Ball topic coincided with my life quite well. I just returned from a mini-writers retreat on the Oregon coast. I’m pretty relaxed right now, so I’m not full of deep thoughts. That said (I’m such a liar!), here’s what I think: I think modern life can deplete us. It can sap our inner resources, including our creativity. We are so busy, we sometimes…

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