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Stalking Ideas

by Janis Patterson One of the questions authors are asked the most is “Where do you find your ideas?” – as if ideas were rare and wondrous things as difficult to discover as flawless emeralds. As far as I and … Continue reading

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The Terrible, Necessary, Unavoidable Triumvirate

by Janis Patterson In last month’s blog I talked about musery, and how the concept of a mythological goddess whispering ideas and words into a writer’s shell-like ear was a catch-all used to combine the rock-bottom basics of inspiration, imagination … Continue reading

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Musery, or Conversations With A Goddess

by Janis Patterson On one of my writers’ loops the other day a bunch of us were lamenting the fact that we all couldn’t just write and leave the business side of publishing to someone else. These days however you … Continue reading

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Ooooh, Shiny!

by Janis Patterson I’ll admit it. I have a short attention span. I’m all too ready to be distracted by something new and different. Which, incidentally, is why I don’t particularly like series – either writing or reading. I want … Continue reading

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Setting Chaos Right

by Janis Patterson Admittedly, there is something strange about those who spend a great deal of their time in thinking up ways to do away with another of their fellow beings. Someone once wrote that a person who repeatedly tries … Continue reading

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What Makes A Writer? Nature or Nurture?

by Janis Patterson What makes a writer? Is it genetic? Or the way we are raised? Or something we choose that we feel we must follow? Or all of the above? To begin with let me say I am the … Continue reading

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The ‘M’ Word – Motivation

by Janis Patterson Last month on the Make Mine Mystery blog I wrote about the plethora of book ideas that always seem to overcome and sometimes swamp me. ( https://makeminemystery.blogspot.com/2018/08/an-embarrassment-of-riches.html ) This resonated with a lot of my writer friends … Continue reading

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