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”

6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter

“God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.” -J.M. Barrie (creator of Peter Pan) There are winters, and then there are winters. I’m talking about the latter. These winters are the kind that solidify the blood in our veins and make us stronger people, in general. I believe that; I do.Continue reading “6 Things Saving Me in This Long Cold Winter”

30 Favorite Books for Summer Reading

There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work; and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs.  ~Henry Ward Beecher The best way to summer read is to start with a stack of great books, the kind that will keep you reading allContinue reading “30 Favorite Books for Summer Reading”

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”

Erika Robuck, Author of HEMINGWAY’S GIRL: an Interview

“The sea–la mar–was the best sea I ever drew. She was the great beauty who held the old man aloft. Who gave and who took–but who always provided. Who nourished, challenged, and taught him.” –Hemingway’s Girl by Erika Robuck Last week, one of my most treasured friends in all the world accomplished something extraordinary. HerContinue reading “Erika Robuck, Author of HEMINGWAY’S GIRL: an Interview”

BackSpace: the Excellent Writers Conference

“Unquestionably the best of all writers conferences, this two [three]-day annual conference has leaped to the top with its emphasis on quality, not quantity. There are no formal pitch sessions. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to attend quality workshops and mingle with some of the best editors, agents and other publishing professionals in the industryContinue reading “BackSpace: the Excellent Writers Conference”

Water Lily: 7 Line Teaser

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Last week, when my family and I were onContinue reading “Water Lily: 7 Line Teaser”

10 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature

 “Our truest responsibility to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find the truth.” ~Madeleine L’Engle   I have always loved to read, and yet some books I’ve read linger in my memory long after I’ve turned the last page. Why? I’m notContinue reading “10 Favorite Quotes from Classic Literature”

A Writer’s Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald Have you ever read a book or see a painting which speaks to you so deeply you wonder where in the world the author or artist found their inspiration for that piece? For the pastContinue reading “A Writer’s Inspiration: Where Does It Come From?”