Goals and Guilt by Janice L Dick

I’ve always been a goal-setter. I need a plan, a direction, a purpose. I love new beginnings. But my compulsion to plan ahead deserted me this past year. I was in the personal position of needing to be flexible with my time, of caring for a family member and putting my routine on hold. Stronger Read More

New Year’s Question

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Christmas Greetings 2017

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Just Write by Tracy Krauss

Just write. This was the phrase I chose one year as my inspiration. I often choose a word or a phrase each year as a motivational tool to help keep me on track. Looking back, ‘just write’ is one of the simplest and most straight forward, yet it has had, perhaps, the most lasting impact. It feels as relevant going into 2018 as it was back in 2013 when I pinned it to my bulletin board. Read More

Wander Back to the Wonder by Violet Nesdoly

Wander Back to the Wonder   My pencil is weary, my neck muscles cramped, my brain’s in a fog, for ideas I’m stumped. I believe that it’s time for a good writing break. But how shall I spend it? What route should I take? I could tackle the ironing, vacuum the floor, scrub all the Read More

My Best Blogs and Books on Writing by Janice L Dick

My Best Blogs and Books on Writing There are many and varied writing helps online and on bookshelves these days, but a few have become favourites of mine. Highest on my list of writing blogs is livewritethrive.com by C.S. Lakin. Suzanne Lakin publishes weekly posts on every aspect of writing. There are novel-writing checklists, free Read More

Resurrection Writes by Brenda J Wood

Resurrection Writes Do you have piles of old manuscripts previously rejected by you, your mother, or an agent? Don’t stuff them into the garbage. Instead, give them another chance by trying them out in the recycle pile. Never let them go, but instead, re-purpose them like your old jeans, which you can make into shorts, Read More

Some of the Best Books and Blogs on Writing by Pamela Mytroen

Some of the Best Books and Blogs on Writing

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with blogs on writing. I finally had to narrow my focus. The two blogs I stick with are The Write Practice and Novel Rocket.

The Write Practice was founded in 2011 by Joe Bunting with the purpose of helping writers practice. Like he says on his blog, the professionals in every field practice.

“Because Michael Jordan practiced. Joshua Bell practices. Tiger Woods practiced. He took his first swing when he was two years old. Bill Gates practiced. Pablo Picasso practiced. He started painting when he was seven.” Read More

5 Fixes for Your Fears by Steph Beth Nickel

5 Fixes for Your Fears

I can relate to the following five fears. Maybe you can too.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

This is the reason my bookshelves are bowing under the weight of skills development and reference books and my inbox is bursting with countless links to the online courses I’ve purchased.

These materials are great—if we use them. I have to admit some of the items I purchase are outdated before I get around to reading them and implementing what I’ve learned. Not good!

Fixes

  1. Narrow your focus. (If you have eclectic interests like I do, this can be a challenge.)
  2. Set aside regular time to learn something new that pertains to your chosen area.
  3. Make sure the information you’re learning is current and relevant.
  4. Implement what you’re learning.
  5. Impose a spending freeze until you’ve gotten a handle on steps 1-4.
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5 Top Writing Fears by Janice L Dick

We all have fears and insecurities as writers. If we don’t, we may be in denial. I created a list of my five top writing fears. Yours may differ in the order or the content, but you may also find some that match.

“A writer is a person for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

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