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

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

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

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

What I learned from the NaNoWriMo process

The first two weeks of National November Write Month went better than expected. I managed to keep up with my target word count, more or less, or at least catch up. But then we ran into a bit of a crisis at work and my job had to take priority, with extra hours and more… Continue reading What I learned from the NaNoWriMo process

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┬áPeople Skills: How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others and Resolve Conflict, by Robert Bolton, Ph.D.┬áThis… Continue reading Happy landing

On time management and self-discipline

Has it come to this? Why of course! And we always knew it would, one day. Joking aside, I was reading Sally Stuart's Guide to Publishing a few days ago and became motivated to make some changes. It happened because I recognized who I am as a writer and what I want to accomplish. In… Continue reading On time management and self-discipline