A New Look

This week I updated my blog and gave it a new look. After about a decade, I figured it was time for a change. If you have been following me over the years, you may have noticed that I've moved away from my focus on the craft of writing. This blog will still feature my… Continue reading A New Look

What to Write About – Leave a Legacy

I don't very often talk about content in writing. In fact, I don't believe I've touched on this subject before. There are messages out there that need to be shared. A few questions I always ask myself: 1) Am I the one to speak about this? 2) Where/to whom do I talk/write about this? 3)… Continue reading What to Write About – Leave a Legacy

Organizing for Writing

As writers we are always collecting material. I have file boxes full of notes. Numerous computer files. Bookshelves of books. My brain is constantly coming up with new concepts to write about. New angles. New stories. I can't possibly keep track of them all. Between my electronic notes and files, and my physical files and… Continue reading Organizing for Writing

My Happy Place as a Writer

For a long time I searched for my Happy Place as a writer and I didn't find it. The reason I couldn't find it was because I needed to create it. I needed to understand what this place is made up of. Most of all, I needed to identify the core of my motivation. Writing… Continue reading My Happy Place as a Writer

My Writers’ Conference Experience

Last week I attended the Oregon Christian Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference began on Monday and ended Thursday afternoon. For any writer who has never attended a conference, I highly recommend it. One of the reasons to attend a writers' conference is that writers have access to agents and editors in a way… Continue reading My Writers’ Conference Experience

Getting Past the Fear

Last night, at 4:00 a.m. I finally pressed 'Send' and submitted my first ten pages to the Oregon Christian Writes Manuscript Submission program. For $5.00 you can have an editor or agent look at your first ten pages when you attend the conference. They may or may not want to meet with you and possibly… Continue reading Getting Past the Fear

A look at blog titles and focus

Michael Hyatt just drew my attention to a couple of important issues for bloggers in his articles, Why I Stopped Reading Your Blogs, and Do You Make These 10 Mistakes When You Blog? Two things that stood out for me relating to blogging were the importance of catchy headlines, and the need for focus. Hyatt… Continue reading A look at blog titles and focus

Why I have not been writing as much

From the perspective of the successful author, no reason is valid for not writing, short of being comatose or having both arms in a cast and my mouth wired shut. But for anyone who would like to hear about my process, here it is. For awhile I was writing five blog posts a week and… Continue reading Why I have not been writing as much

Happy landing

I am awake at 4:00 a.m. and not able to fall back asleep. This happens fairly regularly. It is a great time for reading, and sometimes writing. Speaking of reading, one of the best books I have ever read is People Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others and Resolve Conflict, by Robert Bolton, Ph.D. This… Continue reading Happy landing

Finding focus

In recent weeks I have had an obsession with getting my house organized. I feel I need to do this so that I can focus. This has extended to cleaning up my blogs as well. I can relate to the article, Lifestyles of the (semi)Disconnected by Angela Parker on her site, theunconventionalhousewife.com. To de-stress, Angela cut social media… Continue reading Finding focus