Courage

  “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.” ― Anais Nin Seriously, do you know what constitutes courage? Some people think of it as the absence of fear. Some people say it is the ability to face the very thing you fear. But I often wonder if the ability to face fears can … Continue reading Courage

Self Doubt

“Doubt is a virus that attacks our self-esteem, productivity, and confidence. Faith that you and your life are perfectly unfolding is the strongest vaccine.” ― Sean Stephenson Sometimes I question whether or not I should continue to pursue a writing career. I have so many stories to tell, but I get distracted so easily. I … Continue reading Self Doubt

About Writer’s Block

  “You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” ― Shirley Chisholm Writers write. Ask any writer. If they could stop writing, they probably would stop writing. For the rest of us, we write to still the voices in our heads. We write to get our … Continue reading About Writer’s Block

Secondary Characters

How important are secondary characters? Very Important. Think for just a minute how you might see The Harry Potter series without Neville Longbottom. Or perhaps Pride and Prejudiced with Jane Bennett. Not so interesting, huh? Important to remember the names for secondary characters. They should not be similar to the hero or the heroines name. … Continue reading Secondary Characters

Hooking your reader

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

Where do I start?

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?

Apologies & Introducing a New Book

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

Trust

“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

Happiness

“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

Learning the Craft

   “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