Monthly Archives: February, 2012


In the previous post, we discussed the idea that weaknesses Gremlins can pop up in our writing life when we do not have an adequate balance between the inner child and the outer adult.  Here are a few:   Lack of discipline We don’t write because we get distracted by the shiny things. We don’t …

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Tuning in to the writer’s adult side

Gram:  While an inner child is a wondrous thing, a child needs to be tempered by the adults in his life.  Allowing the inner child to run amok helps no one, not even the creatives.  Adults bring discipline and order to the table.  They set boundaries and guardrails to keep the child from harm.  My …

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Tuning in to the writer’s inner child

In no particular order: ►Finger paint – no rules – just create. ►Free writing – no rules – just write. ►Go for a walk – try to see the things around you from the view of a child.  (Take a camera and take pictures of things children would find interesting. ►Go for a walk with …

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My apologies

I don’t know for sure what has gone out and what condition it was in.  I apologize if I have scheduled a post and then been unable to finish it!  I am in Indiana with my dad.   His full pay time (Medicare) runs out next Tuesday, but he’s not ready to go home.  So, either …

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Writing with the inner child

Some will see the struggle between Gram and Imma (read the original introduction to these two if you are joining us later) as that between a child and an adult.  I have no problem with that, even though I find that too simple.  But, for the sake of understanding, let’s go with it for a while. …

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The Delemma

Imma:  “Hello, Gram and I are having a bit of a dilemma.  She would like to continue going over the rules of writing, while I want to skew off in a more creative direction.”   Gram:  “Creative is all well and good, my dear Imma, but before you play, you need to know the rules.  …

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Battles and Blessings

For some reason I published Gram and Imma’s quotes at the same time.  Still trying to get the hang of this scheduling thing.  I love it, but does it love me? Battles (ways we struggle) vs. Blessings (ways we have overcome) What language is this? Sometimes that’s the hardest part about writing.  It’s not putting …

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Gram’s favorite quotes

Do not put statements in the negative form. And don’t start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing. Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do. Unqualified superlatives are the worst of …

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Imma shares quotes

►The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it. ~Jules Renard, “Diary,” February 1895   ~This is why I dance around grabbing at the air while I’m writing:)  Imma ~*~ ►To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is …

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Spelling Tools

On this topic, Gram and Imma both agree, spelling words correctly is very important.  Some people are naturally able to spell and some are not.  It is not a matter of one being more intelligent than the other.  I know some very smart people who cannot spell to save their life.  It does make for …

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