Exercise as Muse: Writing Wednesday

Muse: (noun): a source of inspiration In Jim Scott Bell’s excellent and easily readable book, The Art of War for Writers, he talks about his new-found way of coping with a sedentary profession (writing). He says, “I bought a treadmill. It sits right here in my office, and it’s my new best friend.” After heContinue reading “Exercise as Muse: Writing Wednesday”

Why Garden? 5 Reasons to Get Dirty This Spring

“Gardening is a way of showing that you believe in tomorrow.” – Anonymous Here in Prague, the earth is bursting with blooms — brilliant yellow fields patch the countryside, centuries’ old lilacs line boulevards, and petticoat-rimmed peonies wave in the spring breeze. It’s beautiful. Can you tell I’m a gardener at heart? We are luckyContinue reading “Why Garden? 5 Reasons to Get Dirty This Spring”

On Writing: What Separates the Artist-Writer from the Amateur

“Who determined which particular emotion will satisfy an audience at the end…? The writer. From the way he tells his story from the beginning, he whispers to the audience: “Expect an up-ending” or “Expect a down-ending” or “Expect irony.” Having pledged a certain emotion, it’d be ruinous not to deliver.” -Robert McKee, STORY For theContinue reading “On Writing: What Separates the Artist-Writer from the Amateur”

Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write

“Serious writers write, inspired or not. Over time they discover that routine is a better friend to them than inspiration.” -Ralph Keyes “The scariest moment is always just before you start.” — Stephen King , On Writing About seven years ago, I attended my first big writers conference. I remember being so very overwhelmed, asContinue reading “Writing Wednesday: How to Make Time to Write”

Writing Wednesday: On Broccoli, Novel-Writing, and the May First Draft Challenge

“Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.” –Anne Lamott, on Broccoli and First Drafts, from Bird by Bird, Some Instructions on Writing and Life Yesterday, my family and I made the drive from Brussels, Belgium back home to Prague, Czech Republic. It’s an eight hour drive—possibly shorterContinue reading “Writing Wednesday: On Broccoli, Novel-Writing, and the May First Draft Challenge”

Find What You Love

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way toContinue reading “Find What You Love”

Why Create?

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” ~Golda Meir, (Israeli Founder and Prime Minister, 1898-1978) Happy November! One of my favorite months of the year — becauseContinue reading “Why Create?”