Writing Retreat – Day 8

If you're currently working on a writing project or are considering this art form in the future, I highly recommend that you find a great coach to work with. After several days of working on my revisions for Chapters 4 and 5, I met with my coach, Melissa Petro, today...

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Writing Retreat – Tomorrow will be one week.

Maybe I'm going a little stir crazy, but my eyes definitely deceived me when I took a walk tonight after dinner. Writing is so sedentary, and not having errands to do or subways to catch, I'm on my derriere for great lengths of time here in Vermont. I wanted to add...

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Writing Retreat – Day 5

Woke up this morning to temps in the 40's! By the time I had the wherewithal to take note, it was slightly warmer, but fall-like. Lovely to have that big down comforter on top of me. Great headway today on Chapter 6. It's all about when I got into 12-step recovery...

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Writing Retreat – Day 4

What the what?! I could not be further removed from traffic, honking and crowds in my little cabin off this dirt road in Vermont. So why did I need to put on my noise-cancelling headphones at 10am this morning? Walking up the driveway to my car, I saw the offending...

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Writing Retreat – Day 3

One of the ways I edit my writing is to print it out, read it aloud into my phone's recording device, then listen back to my words to hear how they sound. I can catch repeats, oversights and inconsistencies that way. I also notice if the words flow and if what I'm...

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Writing Retreat – Day 2

The fact that I'm just now posting at 8:21pm tells you something about how productive I was today. I wrote for at least five hours, though I don't have a lot to show for it--maybe 3 more pages total. I'm revising Chapter 5, which is a particularly painful one to...

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Writing Retreat – Day 1

After a super-busy two weeks in early July: my boyfriend's performance in Gypsy at the Sharon Playhouse (delightful!), my birthday (big event), my granddaughter's 5th birthday (dwarfed mine), my sister's 70th (oh, my!), plus my client appreciation celebration (post to...

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Exceptional Conference for Empowering Women

My friend and colleague, Lena West, added me to her distinguished guest list for an excellent event held yesterday at the Hearst Building in NYC entitled Empowering Women in Business. There was an hour of networking in the magnificent atrium there. It was pointed out...

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It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It

Of course when I email someone, I want a quick turnaround, even if it's not during business hours. I'm often at my desk at odd weekend hours, and although I don't have the expectation that my query will be responded to, I have the secret desire that it will. When I...

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