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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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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THREE GENERATIONS of CREATIVE REBEL SOULS

‘BUKOWSKI, BEATRICE AND ME.’ Three generations of Creative Rebel Souls. So I discovered this wonderful author and poet online the other day named Charles Bukowski. I had never heard of him and I am so glad I found him while randomly searching YouTube. I totally resonated with his spunk, sarcasm, talent, wit, rebel spirit and of course his tragedy. Here’s what some have said about him: ‘Hilarious man but very tragic and ill.’ ‘He’s kind of cheerful and miserable at the same time’. ‘He was a miserable bastard but his words were so damn profound.’ ‘ Shakespeare of the down and out!’ ‘Hands down one of my favorite writers and poets’. ‘Salty old fart, reminds me of me.’ ‘At least Bukowski lived the life he wrote about. A lot of poets are posers.’ ‘Very talented man, a very important piece of american culture.’ ‘He makes more sense as a rambling drunk…

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Holding down the Jack -in –the Box

HOLDING IN OUR SECRETS is like holding down a Jack-in-the Box!     I’ve been thinking about secrets lately. It could be because I am writing my Memoir and its hard not to look at secrets. I thought of this analogy : Holding secrets IN is like a Jack -in-the-Box. If you don’t deal with them  they will eventually pop up — and hit you in the face! So, we might as well ‘JUST DO IT’. Like a band aid. Rip off that secret and expose it. YEAH! This might explain why many people decide to write Memoirs later in their life. They want to come clean about their lives and reveal their secret stuff. Are you holding down pain, anger, any secretive emotion? Are you not getting your secrets out by sharing them with someone? Anyone? I think this might be the cause of much pain and anguish in peoples lives. HOLDING SHIT IN…

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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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Memoir: ‘Not Sprint But Marathon’

I was asked recently to write a short essay about my Memoir writing journey for the “Women’s Writing Circle’ network. Thanks to Susan Weidener for featuring my story on her site.  Women’s Writing Circle A place to share our stories . . . by Susan Weidener Monday, February 13, 2017 Memoir: ‘Not Sprint But Marathon’ by Michelle Monet   I met poet and writer Michelle Monet through an online memoir writing group. Here at the Women’s Writing Circle, it has been our pleasure to feature authors from around the world with a variety of experiences and backgrounds. In that tradition, please welcome Michelle who candidly confesses how memoir is often a marathon of soul-searching and digging deep, but ultimately leads to hidden treasure. People always suggested I write my story because I’ve had an interesting life. I have sung on some of the largest stages and for some of the largest audiences in the world.…

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BOOKS. BOOKS BOOKS!

BOOKS I’VE READ since last January Today I thought I’d share with you some of the books I’ve read since last January when my life was taken over by writing.  Almost 100! YEAH! Some of my favorites on this list are bolded. Most of the books here are Memoirs and Poetry books (because that has been my primary focus) but I am branching out this year to read more genres and definitely more fiction. ENJOY!           ‘Writing Down the Bones- Natalie Goldberg ‘Out came the Sun’- Mariel Hemingway ‘Can we talk about something more pleasant?’-Roz Chest ‘Ever Faithful to His Lead’- Kathleen Pooler ‘Last Jew of Treblinka’- Chil Rajchman ‘Chicken Soup for the Writers Soul’ ‘A Night without Armor’ – Jewel  ‘The Poetry Handbook’ –  Mary Oliver ‘WILD’ –  Cheryl Strayed The Gifts of Imperfection – Brene brown ‘Unsinkable’ – Debbie Reynolds  ‘Monkey Mind – Daniel Smith…

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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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