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The Curious Cat Blog is all about writing, for writers, by a writer.

 

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Why it's Hard to Build a Community (and Why you Should Keep Trying)

Carina Sitkus

Although it's painfully embarrassing to admit this, I was inspired by a piece of advice I heard on the show Gossip Girl. 

Without harping on that fact, I'll share the actual dialogue. It's between a father and his son, a writer who is struggling not to feel like a failure after his book falls off the bestseller lists.

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Winter Moon- An Interview with the Lovely Kelly and Olivia!

Carina Sitkus

I first came across the blog, Winter Moon, via Facebook. Winter Moon captures life in Providence, RI through interviews with local business owners and creatives, not to mention stunningly timeless photography and images. Fashiontravel and music are all topics you can find on WM, but its focus on capturing the beauty in everyday moments is what really inspires me. 

You can imagine why I was so excited when WM's Kelly and Olivia agreed to answer a few questions for the Curious Cat Project-- turns out they're not only creative and talented, but wicked nice to boot! 

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Writing Wisdom Wednesday

Carina Sitkus

It's here, not as "pretty" as usual, but definitely "better late than never." 

Enjoy your quotes, courtesy of Writing Wisdom Wednesday:

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Writing Wisdom Wednesday

Carina Sitkus

So long as you write what you wish to write, that is all that matters; and whether it matters for ages or only hours, nobody can say.
— Virginia Woolf

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PART TWO: Finding Time and Inspiration

Carina Sitkus

Tuesday

Day 2

Today is part two of my five day challenge to find time and inspiration as a writer. As a full-time “something else” who writes after work, I know that finding time and finding inspiration are almost like a game of “what came first, the chicken or the egg?” Sometimes you have the time, but you have no spark and no motivation to write. Sometimes you have a million ideas buzzing inside of your brain with no time to get them down on paper.  Other times, you have no inspiration, so it takes you longer to get any words on the page, which means you exhaust your allotted writing time without producing anything at all. In short, life is easier when you have available to you a healthy dose of both time and inspiration.

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Find Time and Inspiration: My 5-day Challenge

Carina Sitkus

A little while back, I posted my tips for how to find more time to write. For the full-time “something elses” out there, for writers with families, or even for writers who simply have a lot on their plate, this can feel next to impossible. But the bigger question is, what if you’re simultaneously fighting a battle to find time AND inspiration

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Writing Wisdom Wednesday

Carina Sitkus

In honor of the fact that tomorrow is “hump day,” I bring you inspirational writing quotes to help you finish your writing week strong.

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Maya Angelou: Wisdom

Carina Sitkus

One of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou, who passed away today at the age of 86, is: 

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Maya knew that her writing, the sharing of her own experiences and thoughts, was a way to give back and help others feel connected-- not just to her, but to one another.

There is something special about the written word. I've heard people say that the best way to communicate is face-to-face because you can often misunderstand a person through a tweet or an email, etc., etc.

I completely agree. However, I have always personally felt that the power of a great novel or any written word that is crafted-- really turned around and about and mushed and molded to mean exactly what is meant--far exceeds the power of any other interaction. Even within the completely controlled and premeditated narrative exists complete vulnerability and honesty that can only be found in written words that have had the chance to settle

Today we celebrate Maya's life and the power that writers have to connect. To inspire. To make people feel


 

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