There are people who want to tell you how to organize your story. Sadly, writers are individuals. Every writer has, or will have, their own method for telling a story. But two things are essential to storytelling. Plot and structure. First of all let me tell you that you can take this statement to the … Continue reading What’s it all about?
I knew you wouldn't listen to my advice, you just wanted to start writing, and you know you want to keep those readers reading. So you have to take a look at the hook. You certainly can't open a story without a hook. You need one, at least one, to capture the initial interest of … Continue reading Hooking your reader
I'll be the first one to say, in spite of the excitement which accompanies starting a new project or a new book, there is also an element of fear. Fear is the one thing which diverts our attention from a project which we anticipated, and causes us to doubt if the endeavor will be successful. … Continue reading Where do I start?
For the past several weeks I've been offline. Yeah, computer problems. Everyone has them and most of us suffer in silence, or just moan and whine a little but press on when the problems are resolved. I won't do that. I have decided this is an opportunity to strike off in a new direction and … Continue reading Apologies & Introducing a New Book
“We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” ― Walter Anderson This post speaks to the issue of sharing your work with others. I know, I know. You write for the satisfaction of having created something from the sheer fabric … Continue reading Trust
“Don't let someone else's opinion of you become your reality.” ― Les Brown Do you sometimes put too much stock in what others say? Spend too much time worrying what other think? These are the two foremost traits of the dreaded internal editor. They are deadly to the pursuit of a writing career. I'll be … Continue reading Opinion vs. Reality
“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ― Unknown This week, I know exactly what happiness means. My DH decided it was time for me to have a new desktop computer. I liked my old one, but it threatened to have a stroke … Continue reading Happiness
“Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ― St. Francis of Assisi In order to write that novel you always talk about, or dream of writing, you must start. I know you may not have the skills required to write the next great American novel. I … Continue reading Learning the Craft
“ It is important that we forgive ourselves for making mistakes. We need to learn from our errors and move on. ” ― Steve Maraboli Almost everything I've ever learned about writing I learned from making mistakes. Most of the time, the mistakes don't hurt anyone but me. Often they come from a failure to plan the … Continue reading Making Progress
“The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom.” ― Osho So if you start this year making promises to yourself, … Continue reading Sheeple