Murphy Writes Blog

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20 things I learned from digging in the garden

You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry, and stop to smell the flowers along the way.” ~Walter Hagen This past summer I was puttering around in my garden  —  pulling weeds, snipping...

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The social life of paper

Most of the creative people I know – writers, artists, designers, musicians — are what could be called “pilers” instead of “filers.” I am a piler. My desk has at least 4 distinct piles...

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Do you make time to write?

How often does our writing take the back seat to other pressing needs in our lives? Of late, I’ve noticed that I’ve had a bit of a struggle getting to my writing because of...

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The Magic of Journaling

  “The habit of writing for my eye only is good practice, It loosens the ligaments.”  ~ Virginia Woolf  Not only does journaling loosen the ligaments, but it also loosens the brain cells, the...

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Letting dialogue tell a story

Recently I’ve written some historical pieces for magazines. For these articles, I spent uncountable hours conducting in-depth interviews with people who were involved in the story or who could provide me with background, a...