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

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

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

Writing the memoir

Did you know that there is a difference between writing "memoirs' and writing "a memoir?" Well, I didn't. This week I have been reading Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington (1997). Her book is unexpectedly delightful and inspiring. Memoirs are in the same category as autobiographies--a basic written account of facts--whereas, in the memoir, the writer… Continue reading Writing the memoir

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