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January 30, 2018

Everyone wants to be a writer. If I had a dollar for every time someone said to me, "I've thought about writing a book," . . . They all think it's something anyone can pick up in their spare time or retirement. They don't get that a writer's life is made up of sweat, t...

January 26, 2018

Do you agree? Is Twain's writing only water? And, beyond that, is writing "water" really such a bad thing? After all, when you think about it, we can live our whole lives without a sip of wine, however, we can only live a few days without water. Many of us write, prima...

January 23, 2018

I doubt that Stephen King worries much about rejection slips anymore. But, the fact that the work of a man with his talent experienced multiple rejections should serve as encouragement for us mere mortals who write. The moral of this story is he didn't quit. Ever. He j...

January 17, 2018

My daughter and I were just discussing this the other day. I was catching her up on the progress of my book and telling her I was concerned because the chapters are quite short. I tend to write tightly. I'm concise and don't add anything I don't think is absolutely nec...

January 12, 2018

Creativity is an indescribable quality that must be loosed to dance freely. Constrained by others opinions, it withers and dies. You must write without worry about what others think. We all have certain universal thoughts and concerns, but your unique experience and ma...

January 10, 2018

But not the kind you're thinking.

I'm talking about the power of the pen. You know that whole "mightier than the sword" thing? Words (ink) can pierce us through. Words influence how we think and feel. Used well, they can draw us in to a story and hold us spellbound unti...

January 8, 2018

I do that a lot -- especially when I'm working on an article or a new chapter in my book. Sometimes, I'll sit alone in a room with the door shut, eyes closed, my head in my hands as I think. I ponder the story I want to tell, how I want to tell it, and the best way to...

January 5, 2018

Do you want to be a writer, or are you a writer? The world is filled with wannabe's. I could fatten my bank account considerably if I had a quarter for every person who's told me, "I've always wanted to be a writer."  People think of writing as a glory-filled, cushy ca...

January 4, 2018

What can I say? I can't argue. He's right. Some people say the story's the thing, and you do need a compelling story. However, if have a great story but tell it poorly, you have a dud on your hands. Finding the perfect word to depict the action, describing the scene so...

January 2, 2018

Matisse was right, you know. Creativity does take courage. I think of the impressionists and the ridicule they faced as they broke away from the traditional style of the Old Masters. Keep in mind that many of the painters, like Van Gogh, whose works now sell for millio...

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