Murphy Writes Blog

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Keeping Butt In Chair

  (graphic from) I think all writers have gone through times when we’ve wondered, “What the hell am I doing? I can’t seem to string more than a few words together and even they...

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Are you following your bliss?

I just had a birthday, and let’s just say I’m closer to entering retirement than I am to entering college. For readers who may be way younger than me, you might not “feel” what...

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13 things I learned in 2011

I don’t know about you, but 2011 has probably been the most difficult, bittersweet year I can recall. It was a year in which I excitedly published my first book, and then lost my...

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A job loss doesn’t mean a loss of identity

“All the world is a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and entrances; Each man in his time plays many parts.”  ~ William Shakespeare (photo source)   Often...

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The NaNoWriMo self-imposed writing frenzy

I am joining with thousands of writers around the world to participate in NaNoWriMo, the annual self-flagellation writing event for authors who want to prove to themselves that they can finish an entire novel...

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Favorite writing quote of the day

“I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop.” ~ Clarence Budington Kelland, an American writer who once described himself as “the best second-rate writer in America”    

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Social media: Does it connect or disconnect us?

  graphic source http://images.huffingtonpost.com/2014-05-06-socialmedia.jpg “On Twitter we get excited if someone follows us. In real life we get really scared and run away.” ~ Author Unknown Lately I’ve been thinking about how connected  — or maybe...

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Today’s favorite quote on writing…

Jamie Ford, the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, when asked “What holds back most beginning writers and what they should do to make it better?” “Two things. One:...

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Have you stayed too long at your job?

“Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual.” ~ Homa Bahrami, UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business   I will never forget the time I left a job...

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5 things that can help keep writers on track

Being a writer can be exhilarating one moment — for example, when you’re winning awards or you have editors contact you personally to write a story — and lonely and frustrating the next —...

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Promoting Momisms book on the radio

My publisher Elaine Ambrose and I did several TV and radio interviews to promote Mother Knows Best – Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms. Here’s a fun one we did with Tim Johnstone and Ken...

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Book promotions

Front page newspaper story promoting my book, Mother Knows Best – Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms.