It’s Not Who You Are

We can choose to be identified by our past or we can have faith to move beyond it. As I commit myself to working on my novel again, I am having to deal with demons of the past. "You won't follow through." "You've failed before." "What makes you think you can do it this time?"… Continue reading It’s Not Who You Are

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

Update on My Novel

To my dear readers who have followed my story...thank you for your incredible patience. It would almost make a story of its own for me to document my writing journey these past months. I finally decided that at the end of the year I will put my novel aside. In other words, it must be… Continue reading Update on My Novel

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

How I Beat Writer’s Block

At the Peace Arch border crossing, entering the U.S. from Canada, the border patrol person asked me what I did for a living. He seemed very interested when I told him I was a writer and offered me a cure for writer's block. "You know what you have to do to overcome writer's block?" Of… Continue reading How I Beat Writer’s Block

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

Why do you write?

Recently I had someone ask me why people blog. I explored a few blogs to see what other writers are saying. If I were to sum it all up I would say we write for two reasons: ourselves and others--we want to give something to others and we want them to give something back to… Continue reading Why do you write?

OCW Conference

I promised to report on my experience at the OCW Conference. Initially the goal was to find an editor who would want my novel. As the date approached I saw that I would not complete editing my novel in time. I did a lot of the hard work, as I had intended. But something was… Continue reading OCW Conference

Are you reading Writer’s Digest?

I noticed today that I can drop $40 on two books with scarcely a thought, but I'll spend considerable time deliberating over the purchase of a blouse for $39.99. Needless to say, my closet looks a little bare and my bookshelves are overflowing. My reading is mostly about curiosity and learning. I do read the… Continue reading Are you reading Writer’s Digest?