This post originally appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, Tenacity. Can you believe it? In a little less than a month, it will be 2020. Does that sound as futuristic to you as it does to me? (Maybe I’m just showing my age. <grin>) I like to make plans for the new year at the end
Do you ever feel too unsettled to write? Is this just an excuse or is anxiety a silent enemy? Last year I couldn’t wait to begin teaching English to my immigrant students. I was expected to write my own curriculum, my own tests, and to be evaluated on them by both the students and the
Last time I talked about the importance of having a plan. Scheduling in time to write is possibly the most valuable thing a writer can do to increase productivity, and therefore, overall satisfaction. I recommend one hour of real writing each day. (For me, afternoons are best.) My schedule includes everything else that happens regularly,
Last year I retired from teaching public school full time and took a part-time position as an online teacher/consultant with a large distance learning school in southern BC. The advantages are that I can work from home, meaning I can pretty much set my own hours and never have to worry about my wardrobe. (Downside
Marketing. The bane of many if not most writers’ existence. Yet, without it, potential readers remain unaware of our work, and it loses its opportunity for influence. I presented a workshop for my local writing group last year on the subject of marketing, kind of the blind leading the blind! I thought I could get
I was ready to pack it in! I had committed to putting out the third and final book in my current series, and then maybe I’d just quit. Live an ordinary life. Not have to keep learning new skills and trends to keep up my writing career. I had learned many things: — How to
Do you feel as if you’re juggling too many balls or spinning too many plates? Have you dropped a ball or two? Have a few Corelle plates fallen to the floor? Or maybe the fine china is taking a beating, lying in shards on the ground. (Not to worry! I’ll stop mixing my metaphors soon.
This post is adapted from one that first appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity,” in March 2019. When should you set aside responsibilities? When should you press on? How do you decide? There are times we must ask, “Is this what God has for me going forward?” Over the past several months, I have neglected
Before ad agencies began to promote back-to-school as “the most wonderful time of the year,” the majority of people would say the phrase applied to Christmas. And while I do enjoy the Christmas season, to me, Easter is the focal point of the year for believers in Christ. What would Christmas be if it hadn’t
One of my great pleasures in life is reading, but guilt sneaks in whenever I sit down to imbibe in a gluttony of chapters. “A waste of time,” whispers the little voice in my head. “You must vacuum, dust, write something, or cook a meal … anything but read.” Such lies must be refuted instantly.