One Tiny Brave Step

I wrote a short story a few years ago that was a lot of fun to write and really went in unexpected directions. I got some good feedback from my beta readers and made corrections. I found a publication, uploaded the story and hit “send.” And then, forgot about it. Meanwhile, life continued. I wrote…

Are You the Best You?

In another lifetime, you would have found me meandering around art shows perusing paintings, admiring pottery and wishing I had enough money to buy the whole collection of metal wind sculptures. To say I was into art was a vast understatement. For years I drew and painted and sculpted and threw pots. My passion was…

Light Your Goals on Fire

  How do you plan to achieve your current goals? Have you made a list of your current goals? Do you know what your current goals are? So many of us are able to keep plates spinning in our minds where they take up brain space and energy to keep them there. I liken this to…

Back on track

If you’re wondering how long it’s been since I was on here and posted, it’s been too long. 1 year, 5 months, and 1 day, to be exact, according to Date Difference calculator. So what was that all about, you ask? It’s amazing how little things can get a plan completely off-track. And it also…

9 Writing Ideas for Summer

It’s a little late in the season for spring cleaning but I find that I’m looking over how time gets spent and, like an editor poring over redundant sentences, I excise those things that were not bad, which brought pleasure, but were not really helping my writing career as a whole. Because it’s been a rainy…

Starting Somewhere

A very dear friend of mine frequently said, “Don’t despise small beginnings.” It’s taken me the best part of fifteen years to appreciate her advice, and it’s a quote I consider often as I go through my life on the writing journey. It’s very easy to look at others in the world who are enjoying…

The Cost of Inspiration

If your writing goals have become easier to reach, it might be time to raise them. I was able to consistently write 1000 words a day and raised it just recently. This happens to coincide with my desire to send more stories out to literary magazines. I’ve watched over the past few months as my…

Reaching Your Goals

Some people in my circle of influence think I’m a prolific writer. If 2000 words a day is the mark, I reach it most days. But, that wasn’t always the case. I’ve written for years, with no consistency. I wanted to be more disciplined. That required setting measurable goals. When I set up my first blog eight years ago,…

How Creative Are You?

I’ve been working on new short stories and feel excited about writing with photo prompts. In one of the literary magazines I read a while back, they had a cool idea called, Bridge the Gap, where they took two images and the asked their readership to contribute stories around the pictures. What a genius idea….

Welcome Interruptions

I’ve been working on two novels simultaneously for a long time. When I needed a break, a 30-day challenge fits the bill. If I can’t find a good one, I make up my own. Once, I did a post every day for a year—photos, quotes, stories anything. I just had to post. It helps to…

Keepers of the Flame

It is possible for others to minimize your relationship with writing especially if they don’t share your gift. It’s devastating when someone who says they care about you,  attempts to invalidate your passion. Quite often, they’re disinterested or—surprise, surprise—jealous of your ability, tenacity and determination to pursue your dream. Probably every writer has endured cutting remarks…

The Long and The Short

  Most days I lock myself in a little writing closet and don’t come out until I’ve made significant headway on something, usually my book. Once the first draft was completed, a readable rendition, the majority of my read-through tribe couldn’t get into it. Admittedly, the beginning of the book seemed as dull as watching sleeping cats….