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Story Planning

For the time being, I have given up pantsing. It’s only been successful for me with a handful of short stories (around the 5K mark). With longer books, I end up with first drafts that either go unfinished and languish in a drawer somewhere, or first drafts that are a pile of mush, plot-wise, and require massive rewrites. 686 more words

Denise D. Young

A Thanksgiving offering

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I feel like today’s post should offer some profound insight into the nature of gratitude. But I’m not sure that I can do that with a blog post. 266 more words

Denise D. Young

Turning inward in the search for the creative spark

Perhaps it is that late autumn is a period for introspection, for turning inward, but I feel that I am starting to ask the right questions. 976 more words

Denise D. Young

What the Tarot had to say...

As a practicing Pagan, the Tarot is sacred to me. It’s a way to commune with the Goddess and God, to seek out their guidance, to find a light in the dark when I’m fumbling in the shadows of midnight. 419 more words

Denise D. Young

Thoughts on ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

In the midst of a writing dry spell, desperate to break out of a creative funk, I walked into Barnes & Noble, determined to find something, anything to rejuvenate my creative self. 602 more words

Denise D. Young

Creative Renewal

After my creative dry spell, I’m trying to move more slowly. I’m still not sure what caused this fallow period, whether it was creative burnout, or frustration with my path, or self-doubt, or if the well had simply run dry and needed to be refilled. 416 more words

Denise D. Young

Beyond Word Counts: Embracing the nature of creativity

Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my creative path. There’s a lot of chatter in the writing blogosphere about word counts—how much we have written, or how much we should have written. 595 more words

Denise D. Young