Tag: Writing

  • The Agony of “Almost There”

    You know when you stand at the base of something big, and you’re prepared to start, like a trek up your own personal mountain? You probably prepared to get there. You’ve done the work ahead of time. And there’s a certain energy and excitement about getting started. Nothing like the agony of when you were…

  • Finding Joy Amidst the January Blahs

    We are well into the January and mid-winter “Blechs,” aren’t we? I think this year it’s feeling worse for probably almost all of us since there’s the usual dull-dark of January – especially if, like me, you live in the northern hemisphere with snow and generally less light and sun at this time of year…

  • Cages

    How often have you experienced the kind of overwhelm that comes from feeling that there are so many things you “should” be doing, and that list is so long, you end up paralyzed and end up doing nothing? I recently finished reading Untamed by Glennon Doyle. She talks about how the cages that society creates…

  • Home From Conference

    My excuse for not getting on top of posting anything on Monday is a general case of zombie-itis. That is, I met and chatted with so many wonderful people at RWA National Conference, that I practically feel like I’ve used up all my words. Trust me, about now, stringing a sentence together is HARD! But,…

  • I plead rewrites …

    Sorry, guys. No new post today. It’s deadline day for rewrites, and I still have three chapters and polishing to go. Have a good one!

  • Lighting the Fire: On Realizing Yourself and Your Potential

    I like to use the tagline “True Love, Know Thyself” because I believe that true knowledge of self – and understanding of self – is necessary before we can ever hope to really join ourselves to another in love. Sure, this knowledge continues to evolve – as we do – but how can we claim…

  • Beware the Bad Habits: Or, How Do You Hold Yourself Back?

    I think we all have bad habits; part of the human condition and all that. For writing, I think we have a whole separate set of bad habits. Some of the ones that drive me bananas usually have to do with using the muse as scapegoat, and giving into writers’ block, or crumbling beneath fear.…

  • Mountain Climbing in a Fog: How Do We Measure Progress?

    We all have end goals, some small, some, well,  mountainous. Some goals – and their attainment – is easy to measure and see. Others less so, especially if success is something measured in our heads. That makes some of these goals like mountain-climbing in the fog: we have no way of knowing where we are…

  • Keeping a Hook in the Water: How the Querying Process is Like Fishing

    I spent a lot of time as a kid out fishing with my dad. I learned to cast my line and reel it back in (usually with a weed). Sometimes we trawled along slowly (definitely an effective way to catch weeds). I haven’t gone fishing in years since, but as I’ve been sending out my…

  • Perseverance or Tenacity: Keep on Pushing

    This morning I read a blog post that I wanted to share because I think it’s something we all need to consider, especially if trying to succeed in an industry like publishing, or the arts, or … well really, if you want to succeed at anything, accomplish a particular dream, I don’t suppose it matters…