I’M SO GLAD SHE WASN’T PUT ON MEDICATION AND TOLD TO CALM DOWN.

I’M SO GLAD SHE WASNT PUT ON MEDICATION AND TOLD TO CALM DOWN. Gillian Lynn was a British ballerina, dancer, choreographer, actress, and theatre-television director, noted for her popular theater choreography associated with two of the longest-running productions Cats and Phantom of the Opera. She was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Choreography and won many dance awards. Later in her life she was asked by an interviewer ‘How did you become a dancer?’ She said, ‘I was a young girl in the 1940s and I was very was hyper. My mom took me to many doctors and specialists. One doctor said ‘ We think she has a learning disorder.’ (ADHD hadn’t been invented yet or they might’ve lumped her in that category which is what many doctors do nowadays.) She sat on her hands for twenty minutes, sitting in the stark oak doctors office while her mother talked to…

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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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THE LINK BETWEEN CREATIVITY AND MADNESS

The link between Creativity and Madness. Here are some findings from my research. I was feeling a bit crazy, mad and unusually insane today. It felt like I was slipping into some sort of a low-grade depression. It might be a combination of personal stuff and the whole weird world situation, I don’t know. My melancholy has always been present in my life, thankfully not as deep as poet Sylvia Plath who put her head in an oven to kill herself while her kids were asleep in her house. But, a feeling of angst seems to have seeped into my veins lately. I wondered if depression, melancholy, and madness were a common theme with writers? I found that: There’s a definite LINK between creativity and madness. This link between creativity and madness subject has always resonated with me. On my list of things to write about, this topic seems to always jump…

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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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A FEW POEMS FROM MY FIRST POETRY BOOK

SOME POEMS FROM MY BOOK:  ‘Catch a Poem by the Tale’ Julie Andrews lost her voice in 1997 from a vocal chord issue. JULIE ANDREWS Julie Andrews can’t sing anymore She lost her sweet voice. Some say it’s a pity, yes it’s a shame and it was not even her choice. The doctor said Julie, no singing! She moaned and cried, why me? After years of severe self-pity, She wrote children’s books and was set free. She knew that she must express but her voice now came from her pen Not the notes from her mouth but the lines on the page made her joyful and lively again. It’s hard to explain to a novice who is not a creator as such, When creative expression is stifled, Your soul will miss it so much.  It took me from January to May to finish this first book. This poem I used as…

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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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