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

Making Progress

   “ 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

Sheeple

“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

Old Dogs & New Tricks

In 2015 we need to try new things. In terms of our personal lives, and also in terms of the writing career we pursue. What do we do when what we're doing now isn't working? Like most old dogs, we know we need to learn some new tricks. Not always easy, but often necessary. First, … Continue reading Old Dogs & New Tricks

Goal Setting

“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

Giving Back

“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

Feeling Anxious?

“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?

Dreams and Disappointments

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” ― Robert Kiyosaki   So NANO is finally over, and even if you didn't win the 50,000 word challenge, you still may be able to count yourself a winner. … Continue reading Dreams and Disappointments

Success

“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

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