3 Tips for Wrangling Writing Time Out of a Kid-filled Summer

“Like all creative endeavors, novel writing rewards practice. Many accomplished novelists sit down to write largely for the challenge of trying to write something bigger, better, more profound than before. For the dedicated novelist, there is no end of stories to tell.” -Donald Maass, The Career Novelist About this time of year, at the endContinue reading “3 Tips for Wrangling Writing Time Out of a Kid-filled Summer”

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”

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”

The Essentials of a Writer’s Bag

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” — Stephen King I love the words of advice of Stephen King, above. As writers, the best way to learn and improve, find our voice and our style, and discover the threads thatContinue reading “The Essentials of a Writer’s Bag”

5 Ways to Improve Your Writing through Living

Writing, I think, is not apart from living.  Writing is a kind of double living.  The writer experiences everything twice.  Once in reality and once in that mirror which waits always before or behind.  ~Catherine Drinker Bowen, Atlantic, December 1957 Do you ever wonder where stories come from? Where writers and novelists and storytellers getContinue reading “5 Ways to Improve Your Writing through Living”

In the Light of Diamonds

About a year ago, I had the opportunity to travel with my family for Spring Break from our house in Prague, since we are American expats living abroad for a couple years. When we needed to decide where to go, we asked all sorts of friends about a good place to see, driving by car,Continue reading “In the Light of Diamonds”

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?”