Murphy Writes Blog

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...