Essentials for Writing a Novel

“Everything you ever wanted – personally and professionally – is 2 or 3 steps beyond your comfort zone.” -Andy Andrews Everyone has a story to tell. I believe that. And based on that belief, I’m want to encourage you to tell your story. Every November, the #NaNoWriMo phenomenon goes on — National Novel Writing MonthContinue reading “Essentials for Writing a Novel”

Pitch Like a Rock Star Workshop: Water Lily

“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” -Ernest Hemingway Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? National Novel Writing Month is also known as NaNoWriMo to writers all around the globe. I’m signed up and actively working forward on my new work-in-progress novelContinue reading “Pitch Like a Rock Star Workshop: Water Lily”

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: 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”

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?”

A Writing Time of Year

I had to suppress a laugh this morning, when one of my sons went to pour milk on his cereal, but poured water instead. I couldn’t help laughing because I, too, often do absentminded things, especially during this time of year. During this time of year, the scenery in and around Prague is glorious. TheContinue reading “A Writing Time of Year”