The Process

Muze Taps are a series of advice columns by author Molly Tinsley that tackle the various challenges faced by creative writers.

How to Begin?
The question pops up at three different stages of writing. Depending on the situation prompting it, it yields three different
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Fits and Starts
Why are beginnings so tough? Something stirs in your imagination, a bright idea that while you are speeding on the
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The Zero Draft
An earlier Muze Tap divided creative writing into two separate processes, tree shaking then jelly making, brainstorming material then selecting
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A Valentine to Creativity
Creative writing is a lot like being in a close relationship, a comparison that offers helpful insight for writers getting
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The Writer’s Notebook
Creative writing begins with creative perception: an alertness to the world around. There is always something bizarre, funny, heartwarming, or
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The Other D Word
Asked what they consider their greatest writing challenge, my workshop participants always cite discipline: if inspiration doesn’t find its way
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Doubt
Writers hear voices–a provocative sentence or two bubbling up in the mind’s ear; a created, or remembered, character beginning to
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Right Brain, Left Brain
Creative writing draws on two separate processes.  Because they happen in different parts of the brain, trying to perform them
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