F*CK OFF, I’M WRITING!!

F*CK OFF, I’M WRITING!! About a year ago I got kicked out of an online memoir writing group for saying that ‘…sometimes I use the F-word in my writing if it’s appropriate’. I was told by the moderator: ‘…Only writers who don’t have a good use of vocabulary have to resort to profanity to get their point across’… Resort to profanity? I never said I resorted to it. I said ‘I’d use it if it were appropriate.’ I was then asked to refrain from that kind of language in the group or I’d be banned from the group. HUH?? Banned? From a writing group? For using a word? Isn’t it our 1st Amendment right of free speech? According to Wikipedia “The average person swears 80 times a day” What about all the many Classic books in literature? (Some are full of profanities in almost every chapter). I also thought about the well-written…

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EVEN IF NO ONE READS IT I WILL BLOG EVERY DAY!

EVEN IF NO ONE READS IT I WILL BLOG EVERY DAY! It is my commitment. I talked to my friend Mack today. He’s one of the very few friends of mine who really gets it. He gets why a person writes. He gets why a person needs to write He gets why its important to write every day He gets why its vital to commit to it. I am grateful for his friendship! Mack is one of my friends who also happens to read the same authors that I read — like Steven Pressfield, Brene Brown, Tony Robbins, Liz Gilbert and the wonderful Seth Godin. To me, they all say basically the same thing, in a slightly different way: The only difference between a successful and unsuccessful writer is that one shows up and puts their butt in the chair…no matter what.  Speaking of Seth Godin. He is the one who…

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TWELVE PEOPLE WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL IN SPITE OF THEIR MENTAL ILLNESS

TWELVE FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL IN SPITE OF THEIR MENTAL ILLNESS From Mike Wallace to Mark Twain…they not only survived but thrived. I was doing research for an upcoming book I am working on about Creative People. I found quite a few famous people who suffered from serious and not so serious bouts of: Depression Mental illness Bi-Polar disorder OCD issues and other ‘craziness’… but were still quite successful. That’s what I want to focus on in this story. The good news! Not the fact that there are many mentally ill creative people. I mean we all know THAT is true but in this article, I want to focus on the: Many creative successful people with mental illnesses who in spite of their darkness became productive human beings.  To me, this topic is far more interesting and inspiring. Talking to a friend on the phone today about my research she said…

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Write Drunk. Edit Sober?

WRITE DRUNK. EDIT SOBER? Yeah! I like this concept. I heard this on a writing podcast the other day. The writer said ‘Write drunk, edit sober’. It was said in jest but I think it definitely has merit. When we do our first drafts I think it is essential that we just dump it ALL on the paper and not censor ourselves. Dont even look at your fingers. Just let them fly. I do this. I like to type super fast too. It really helps to not edit it while I am typing either. GOD NO!! Just get the shit OUT!! That’s it!! Then later in the day or the next day or whenever I can, I go back and look at my drunk story, and try to clean it up. It is ALL IN THE EDITING anyway! It’s all in the revision stage, they say, anyway. Here’s another quote I…

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CALLED TO WRITE.

Michelle Monet Feb 20 I posted this article on medium.com today in a group called “All about writing’.  It is addressed to other writers but I thought Id share it here too.  DO YOU FEEL “CALLED” TO WRITE? I definitely was. ONE OF THE BOOKS I am working on is called ‘My Call to Write’ — Excerpts and Essays from a Writers Journal’. This book will chronicle my journey from last January (when I got my serious call to write) through today. The catalyst for my writing ‘frenzy’ was when my beloved cat named BigBoy died. He had a horrible cancerous tumor in his mouth and I watched him slowly wither away and succumb to this disease.  I was like his nurse for the past few months of his life. It was a heartbreaking time for me. I loved this guy with all my heart. I had him for 16 years and he was close to…

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AM I ‘OFFICIALLY AN OLD GEEZER?’

AM I ‘OFFICIALLY AN OLD GEEZER’? I got the Senior Discount in Vegas this weekend.UGH! So I went to visit my old friend Sandi in Las Vegas this past week. We were at a casino and they offered me the senior discount! OMG. I’m 55. Honestly, I never really think of myself as a ‘senior’  so it hit me kinda hard. Maybe it just hasn’t sunk in yet that I am …….OLD (?) and that I am now entitled to ‘perks’ like a $4 movie ticket $2 off the buffet better gambling deals a 10% off coupon for Starbucks. WOOHOO. I guess I should’ve guessed that I was getting to be an official senior when I recently found a bunch of gray hair (for the first time ever), saw that  my neck had some new odd looking wrinkles,noticed that my two front teeth were weirdly chipped, AND I have strange bluish veins…

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LETS MAKE MISTAKES!

LET’S MAKE MISTAKES! ‘If you’re making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before and more importantly, you’re DOING SOMETHING.  Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for you being here.’ NEIL GAIMAN When I met my boyfriend Bob I was afraid to make mistakes. I was almost terrified of them. I thought they were to be avoided at all costs and did everything I could to not make one. Have you ever noticed how many more mistakes you make when you are freaking about making one? How tiresome! Now I’m learning to change my entire mindset on mistakes.  BRING EM ON!! I say. ‘GET IN THE ARENA’  One of my favorite authors and TedTalk mentors is Researcher Brene Brown. She…

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COULD YOU LIVE IN ONE ROOM?

COULD YOU LIVE IN ONE ROOM? The TINY HOUSE craze has been in the news a lot lately. I’ve thought about what a cool idea it is. I realized that I really don’t need a lot of room. I don’t need or want a lot of ‘stuff’ either. Could I live in a tiny room? I think I could… well maybe not THIS TINY but if I had a comfy bed, a place to write, a computer, my books, and a  small kitchen —-oh, and a place for my cats I’d be good to go. I’m very used to living in hotel rooms anyway and very small spaces. I’ve lived on people’s couches from Denver to Reno, to New York when I was a struggling singer in between gigs in my 20s and 30s. Many people took me in I recall.  There was a married couple in Reno who I met…

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INSTANT FAME as a writer?

INSTANT FAME as a writer? I’ve been thinking a lot about this question lately. Would I  want instant fame as a writer? NAH! I really don’t think I would. I am enjoying writing what I want to write! I really prefer writing in all different styles and subjects from poetry to short stories, essays, blogs, books, to memoir. I am loving the freedom of exploring ‘being a writer’. Also by writing every day (showing up at the page),  I know I am finding my writer’s voice. Who the heck  KNOWS where my blog writing is leading, where it will all end up — but guess what? I am enjoying the process not focusing on the destination. Oh, also writing is fun. I feel like I am in writing school all by myself now. I am the sole student and sole teacher. Haha. I am learning a lot daily and it…

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‘TAKE YOUR BROKEN HEART AND TURN IT INTO ART’

‘TAKE YOUR BROKEN HEART AND TURN IT INTO ART.’ MERYL STREEP ended a recent speech with this quote by the late Carrie Fisher. I like it. I think it is a very appropriate statement, especially in these times with so many people seemingly experiencing broken hearts. Politics, the world situation, health care issues, joblessness—people definitely have broken hearts lately. No doubt about it. Some people feel the need to go protest and write letters but I think many creative people more than ever feel the need to focus and dedicate to making more art. Make something good out of the craziness. Out of the madness. Out of the uncertainty. Turn their broken heart into art. I’ve always believed this to be true. I am sure there are happy joyfully glee artists who make art merely to express their existential bliss and contentment,  but my guess is that many artists express art from…

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