The Saturday Creativity Quote
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“Inside you there’s an artist you don’t know about. . . . Say yes quickly, if you know, if you’ve known it from before the beginning of the universe.” — Rumi, 13th century poet (Heron sculpture on Flathead Lake; photo by the author ..read more
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Saturday Creativity Quote
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1w ago
What to write about? How to keep going? It’s often a quandary, especially for beginners, driven by desire but lacking craft or confidence. And while I don’t mean to say “write what you know,” or at least not to confine yourself to writing what you know, I do know that our stories can be a powerful place to start. And that all writing is more powerful when we give it the understanding that comes from empathy and from knowing ourselves. “You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.” — Anne Wilson Schaef (1934-2020), who wrote extensively about addiction and popularized the ..read more
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Saturday Creativity Quote — Jung on creativity and play
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2w ago
“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” — CG Jung Words, stories, memories? Colors, shapes, the intervals between sounds? Play, and find what you love. (Alpine Moon, Wengen, Switzerland; photo by the author ..read more
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A Good Year for Reading
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1M ago
2022 was, well, I think we can all agree it was a challenge for the world, in so many ways. Upsides for me: a fabulous trip to Switzerland and Italy with my husband, brother, and sister-in-law, two books out (Peppermint Barked, the 6th Spice Shop mystery, and Blind Faith, written as Alicia Beckman), and a return to in-person events, where I relished in the opportunity to reconnect with readers and meet new ones. And, reading. I read 59 books, including a few audios. Nearly 2/3 were crime fiction! Seventeen were by writers of color (including 4 nonfiction books that were part of my research fo ..read more
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Writing Wednesday – outlining OTHER authors’ books
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Leslie’s desk A friend recently got a rejection that hit her hard. Hard enough that she asked the editor for feedback, and though he said he didn’t usually do that — couldn’t, given the volume of submissions – he took a moment and summarized a couple of problems he saw. Then he suggested she do “very close reads” of 2-3 recent successful mysteries in her subgenre, watching particularly for how the authors handled the issues he’d identified. She asked me what I thought. Of course, I thought the editor had been very generous. As for his advice, I suggested this: Take 2 or 3 recent mysteries that ..read more
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Saturday Creativity Quote — silence and purpose
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1M ago
Creative work often begins during a time of crisis, when we are driven to connect with something deeper inside ourselves. No wonder I like this quote from psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross on finding yourself: “Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from. There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” — quoted in Yoga Journal (h/t J ..read more
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Writing Wednesday — Plotter or Pantser? A few things I know for sure
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Leslie’s desk When I speak to groups of writers, I’m often asked if I’m a plotter or a pantser. * In groups of readers, I’m sometimes asked if I know the end of a book before I start it. I confess I hate this question, at least the plotter-pantser aspect of it. (Readers are curious about our process and I get that and love it.) I’m a planner. Plot flows from specific characters being put in a specific situation, so I think a lot about the scenario, the setting, and who the people are. I make notes about the characters and what might happen. I jot down snippets of conversation, bits of descript ..read more
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Saturday Creativity Quote
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1M ago
When I talk about the creative process,* I talk about the importance of asking questions in our work, to keep ourselves growing and our work maturing. For writers, those questions often have to do with craft, but I think we should also be challenging ourselves in what we write about as well, particularly delving into emotional experience. I like how this professor put it: “Once you have learned to ask questions – relevant and appropriate and substantial questions – you have learned how to learn and no one can keep you from learning whatever you want or need to know.” — professor and author Ne ..read more
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Writing Wednesday — “Sleep on it”
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1M ago
Leslie’s desk When we’ve got a problem to solve, we’re often advised to “sleep on it.” And when i surveyed the writers of the Sisters in Crime Guppies chapter about brainstorming techniques,* many said they posed the problem to themselves before bed and let their subconscious mind work it out. Turns out there’s a good reason for that sage advice. According to Steve Calechman, writing in “Sleep to Solve a Problem” on the Harvard Health Publishing blog in May 2021, the brain is designed to find connections to problems while we are sleeping so we can act on them when we’re awake. That’s the reaso ..read more
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The Saturday Creativity Quote
Leslie Budewitz Blog
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1M ago
Let’s close out the month with one more quote from Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. “So why does our writing matter, again,” [my students] ask. “Because of the spirit, I say. Because of the heart. Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. . . . It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. Yo can’t stop t ..read more
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