Writing a Book, Writing a Blog

My inner critic is in full throttle as I write the book on, well, the inner critic. There’s a lot of work to be done, and it needs focus and concentration. The same is true of my blog posts–it takes hours to come up with the idea, refine the concept and write the post. The blog posts have taken over much of the time I need for the book. There is also my other work–the business training classes and creativity coaching that feeds me both literally and figuratively.

Coffered and painted ceiling at Onyx Expressions, Albuquerque NM

I enjoy writing the blog and I am not giving it up. I will be cutting down to new posts on three days a week–randomly. Good ideas don’t always work on schedule. On three other days a week, I’ll be posting interesting quotes I’ve found–funny, profound, inspiring–and a short comment. They can be used for art journaling, commenting, or just nodding and smiling.  On the one other day–Saturday–I will continue to post links to past posts that you may have missed as well as outside links to interesting posts on other blogs.

If you have an interesting blog post you’d like me to consider–send me the link

Coffered and painted ceiling at Onyx Expressions, Albuquerque NM

and a few words why you like it. And of course you can include one of your own as an interesting note. The way to contact me is above the photo at the top of the page, under “Work With Quinn/Contact”

I hope to continue to give you interesting reasons to stop by, whether it’s quotes or an article. And of course, I’ll keep you posted on what’s happening in the book.

As always, classes will be posted in the navigation bar above the photo on the page.

–Quinn McDonald is writing a book on the inner critic and the inner heroes.

14 thoughts on “Writing a Book, Writing a Blog

  1. Dear Quinn,
    I am not an artist but I love to read your articles and your pictures are wonderful. (I often forward them to my husband and we discuss them later). I will miss “seeing” you on a daily basis. Good Luck with your book.

  2. Great to know you´ll still be around as I have come to love this blog and I look forward to your posting and the comments!
    I tried the content posting everyday but it felt forced as day fly by soooooo fast. I will be posting every day for the Art Every Day Month project in November but then I´ll be back to 3/4 a week again.

  3. I worked all morning (creative, but nevertheless: work) and now I need some playtime (hopping blogs is play but also work – I might come across interesting posts that are useful for the magazine.) Can you tell I read your former post? I think it is good for you to start posting the way you describe, I myself spend hours on one blogpost too (I also have to translate/write in a foreign language) and that’s why I stick to twice a week – which works for me. I hope you find your ‘spin’ (there must be a similar phrase in English?) and all goes well.

    • Play is a vital part of my work, and I’m afraid to call it that. You know, doesn’t sound like work. Here in America, ‘spin’ means putting a slant on a story that is to your own benefit. So if I go to Albuquerque to see the Lion King (as I did) because a friend invited me (as she did), and I feel guilty for doing that (as I might have), I would ‘spin’ it by saying, “Well, this production is really important for me to see to develop a better understanding of popular culture so I can work with clients more effectively.” When we get down to real creative work, it’s called “getting into your groove.” Which, as we all know, can turn into a rut.

  4. It’s certainly understood that you need to rearrange your time to give more time for the more important things. I appreciate that you care enough about your readers to still provide us daily with some of your wisdom! I would miss it! I just received your book Raw Art Journaling and flipping through it, I like the ways it’s done. Looking forward to reading through it more carefully, in detail!

    • Thanks for buying the book, Debbie. If you want a bookmark for it (it’s really a permission slip to take time to do creative work!) I’ll sign one and send it to you. Send me your mailing address by using the contact at the very top of the page. Hope you have fun working on the projects.

  5. I guess this is a great plan. 3-3-1! I’ll just keep receiving your articles (new posts) in my inbox and keep reading them all 😉 And the quotes’s idea it’s just great inspiration…I start art journaling from one of those great sayings that inspire my moments of creating. And yes, yes, yes, bring back old posts because I’m sure I didn’t get the chance to read them, as I am recently your blog follower. 😉


    • Thanks for your support. I love quotes and I thought that a short quote might be just as inspirational as an original article. And after writing more than 1,500 articles, it seems a shame to let them languish in obscurity.

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