As soon as you open your novel, on the very first page, in the very first line...what your character does and says will make or break him/her --and by association, you--as a writer. You only get this one chance to gimme a hero. He/she must be unique but ordinary, courageous but vulnerable, strong and weak … Continue reading Gimme a Hero…
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?
“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
“ 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
“People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.” ― Brian Tracy Happy New Year! Time to make some resolutions, right? Wrong. We generally as a species don't change things even when we plan to change. We are all, on some level, resistant … Continue reading Goal Setting
“True generosity is an offering; given freely and out of pure love. No strings attached. No expectations. Time and love are the most valuable possession you can share.” ― Suze Orman Today I want to bring attention to a particular group of writers who impress me with their willingness and ability to give back to … Continue reading Giving Back
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.” ― Charles Spurgeon Hold that thought. Really, I mean literally, hold that thought. Sometimes we fail to realize how our environment affects us. The other really big thing we often ignore is how our attitude affects others. Because as writers … Continue reading Feeling Anxious?
“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” ― Vince Lombardi I think he knows what he's talking about. I had the will and I found a way, and YES! I succeeded at NANO! Count me in for … Continue reading Success
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.” ― Gabriel Garcia Marquez Do you think about your age as just another number? Have you decided you are too old to pursue your dreams? Started on that "Bucket List" yet? The truth is … Continue reading What’s your number?