Self Talk

“Having a low opinion of yourself is not 'modesty.' It's self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not 'egotism.' It's a necessary precondition to happiness and success.” ― Bobbe Sommer This is the short version of believing in yourself. The truth of the matter is, if you don't believe in yourself, how can anyone else … Continue reading Self Talk

Trust

“Someone who thinks the world is always cheating him is right. He is missing that wonderful feeling of trust in someone or something.” ― Eric Hoffer Many of us have difficulty when it comes to taking a leap of faith. We inherently need reassurance, especially when we seek to make changes in our lives, such … Continue reading Trust

Who we really are

“Our job in this life is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we ought to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.” ― Steven Pressfield Hopefully, as we all prepare for NANO this year, we'll remember it isn't our job to be perfect. It's our job to … Continue reading Who we really are

Fear and Doubt

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” ― Dale Carnegie The truth of the matter is we learn by doing. When you were a kid learning to ride a bike, would you sit … Continue reading Fear and Doubt

Success & Happiness

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. Dale Carnegie Successful people know a thing or two about starting over, and doing it again and again. The ability to recognize that it's time for a change is a hallmark of a successful person. I'll be the first to admit that changes … Continue reading Success & Happiness

Getting Stuck

“There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.” ― Zayn Malik Some folks call it "writers block", but not me, I just call it lazy.  I have a … Continue reading Getting Stuck

Purpose and Direction

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” ― John F. Kennedy I'd like to continue on the subject of how writers plan their work.  I've thought a lot about this lately and have made changes, both large and small over the years to improve the process. I believe every writer I know … Continue reading Purpose and Direction

What would you give for success?

“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright I know what I'm willing to give, and I know what I'm not willing to give up in order to get where I want to be. I hope you have … Continue reading What would you give for success?

Imagination

“Both desire and imagination are stored in the mind of the individual and when stretched, both have the potential to position a person for greatness.” ― Eric Thomas The unbeatable combination, desire and imagination.  Almost as popular as cheese and pepperoni on a pizza.  These two qualities are what set authors apart from the billions … Continue reading Imagination

Fear

the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear from Frank Herbert’s brilliant Dune: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye … Continue reading Fear