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My Emotional Compass is Broken: The Reality of Undiagnosed Borderline Personality Disorder

I lost my compass. No, not the one I got at day camp in sixth grade; although that one went missing years ago as well, I mean my emotional compass. I’m pretty sure the shattered remains are in a shoe box somewhere in the closet of my memories. I realize most people have ups and …

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Why Writer’s Block Is A Lie, And You Just Need A Craft Book

Yesterday, we discussed 10 Career-Killing Doubts and How To Squash Them. And I promised you a full post today on doubt # 3. There’s something wrong, and I don’t know what to do. Remember how I said you’re probably too creative for your own good? Story time. I started my novels at age 19. After pounding …

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10 Career-Killing Doubts and How To Squash Them For Writers

Yesterday, I said I’d be using Tuesdays to talk about Success. So, I ran across a Facebook status by the lovely Mette Harrison that inspired this post. Let me know if the link ever breaks. For ten years, I’ve fought these devils of doubt in my own writing. Most of them are like little ankle-biting dragons …

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Is Compulsory Public School Killing Our Desire to Learn?

A long Habit of not thinking a Thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of Custom. ~Thomas Paine Common Sense What’s the purpose of compulsory public school? Ask a conservative American, a liberal American, a moderate/unaffiliated American, and a Canadian (whose personal political identity …

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Inspiration Abyss: Unblocking The Creative Block With Practice

Four days into National Novel Writing Month, and I’m behind.  I’ll admit it.  Some types of writing I find come easier than others, and I got far too comfortable pantsing (for those unfamiliar with the term, that’s where all your writing happens by the seat of your pants.)  About a month ago, I looked at …

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