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 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

NaNoWrMo

I've heard about it. National November Writing Month. Write a novel in a month. Here is a synopsis from the NaNoWrMo website: NaNoWriMo is all about using the magical power of deadlines to tell your story. Give someone a goal and a goal-minded community and miracles are bound to happen. Pies will be eaten at… Continue reading NaNoWrMo

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

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

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