I began getting sick more easily last November. And it seemed to take longer than usual to shake it off. By January, I had been sick two more times and still felt under the weather. An unexplained rash began taking over my body with painful itching. At first, I didn’t make any connections. Stress governed … More What I’m Learning From My Illness
Or, an attempt to encapsulate infinite amounts of wisdom in less than 800 words. Mc Nair Wilson, our keynote speaker, inspired us as creative people to: Be yourself. What do you do best? Who are you, really? Take risks. Just start something. Everyone fails. You have before, you will again. Don’t fear it. Challenge assumptions. … More What I Learned at Mount Hermon
My “practice” novel is almost to the midway point. I’ve been slogging through the past few chapters of A Voice from the Past as my characters face some emotional changes. They seem true to life in their expressions and quandaries, but somehow, at least to me, I want more from them. More action, more depth, … More What Would My Characters Do?
In March of 2011, at the Mt Hermon Christian Writers Conference I met an author, and my life was changed. Sitting in the front row (because I’m like that), I took copious notes and listened in awe as Mary DeMuth shared the various ways she had learned to make money as a writer. Mary’s name … More A Shout Out
“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” Richard Bach This quote caught my attention earlier this week. My apologies to you whose blog I “stole” it from because I didn’t make a note of where I saw it when I copied it down and now, can I remember where it was?? Of course … More How to Become a Professional Writer
I just read a blog post by Jeff Goins that challenged writers to believe we are a writer when we say we are. I love that! Last April I attended Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference for the first time. I was terrified, but I wanted to write since I was a kid. Attending the conference … More What Makes a Writer a Writer?
On Tuesday I finally finished my second full book. Hooray! Now the real work begins. Wednesday and Thursday my goal was to define the themes so I could begin editing and restructuring. When I started writing, the main idea revolved around online dating, and while that certainly remains a big part, the major theme speaks … More Chop, Chop, Chop
I confess. I’m an amateur. Truly, and I can’t get it together enough to write my blog in a timely fashion. Sad face here. But I think I have a fairly good excuse as far as amateurs go. If I held a professional title, I don’t think it’d fly, but maybe as an amateur… Here’s … More Are We There Yet?