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The year 2020 found lots of different ways to crush my soul and with it, my creativity. A particularly dark winter meant I was still singing the Seasonal Affective Disorder blues when COVID-19 showed up in Washington State. Then everything shut down and my morning ritual of sipping tea and…


Book Coach Julie Artz’s FREE “12 Weeks to a NaNo Win” email course begins September 8.
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Have you ever wanted to participate in National Novel Writing Month, but didn’t know how to get started? Have you tried before and never been able to make it to the end of the month without getting frustrated or blocked? Have you participated before, but need a little boost to…


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This week, the world turned bitter,
as if Mother Nature decided she’d given us
a long enough reprieve from winter.
And so she sent her sparkling frost,
her freezing temperatures,
a breeze sharp enough to cut
through fleece and down. …


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Writers talk a lot about revision. “Revision is where the magic happens.” “I’m going into the revision cave.” “I revised this 852 times before publication.” But to aspiring writers who are still hoping for their first chance to work with an editor, it all sounds equal parts mysterious and daunting…


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More than twenty-five years ago, three friends and I drove round and round Monument Circle in our hometown of Indianapolis, convertible top-down and music blasting. It was 1992 so the Pretty Woman soundtrack was our music of choice. Of course, it was Natalie Cole’s Wild Women Do. …


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You’ve all heard the recommendation: If you want to be a writer, develop thicker skin. Searching for “writing, thick skin” on Google yields almost 75 million results. But after two decades of writing and editing, I can tell you: getting a thicker skin will only hurt your writing.

Don’t get…


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It’s easy
when you put the garden to bed
on a cold winter day
to focus on
the bare branches
fallen in the wind,
the number of green tomatoes
— such a loss of potential —
the blackened buds,
what a waste, what a waste.

What’s harder is to relish
the…


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After eleven months at home, we’ve finally gotten tired of baking sourdough bread. Don’t get me wrong, my husband makes a mean loaf of bread. But by December, we were ready for a new culinary challenge to distract us from the pandemic.

So of course, Santa brought me a pasta…


A photo of some seed-starting trays in a greenhouse.
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If there’s one silver lining to being home for nine months and counting, it’s that my garden has never looked better. The extra at-home time convinced me to try something I’ve been wanting to do for ages: greenhouse gardening. …

Julie Artz

Author, Editor, Book Coach, Dragon. I write about creativity, the writing life, social justice, and authenticity. @JulieArtz on Twitter/Insta. JulieArtz.com

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