A Writer’s Journey

Looking back over this past year, I see so much progress in my writing. The first signpost is my attitude. When someone asks me what I do, I tell them that I’m a teacher and a writer. Previously, I thought of myself as a woman who enjoyed writing stories.

Believing in myself is huge, and it happened gradually as I immersed myself in the writing world. I credit my new self-confidence to the people in my writing groups. Like me, they aspire to fulfill the promise of an entertaining read for everyone who buys their book.

Each of us… Continue reading

Strategies for 2015

I began drafting this blog post with the intention to write about my plans for 2015, but then I started thinking about how making plans doesn’t mean that they will work out at all.

Trite sayings like “best laid plans of mice and men”, “God laughs when we make plans”, etc., etc., popped into my head.  I’m not sure why I am hesitating to make plans for this year because I’ve always believed that to realize dreams, goals have to be set; and to reach goals, plans must be made.

I’ve never been an overly obsessive planner despite… Continue reading

The Re-Application of Bum Glue

Last week I realized that I had unglued from my writing chair while editing my novel.  I decided to return to one of my favorite books on writing – Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird – to see if I could find some ways to overcome my terror and enable myself to move forward.

The first six chapters of Bird by Bird discuss techniques that writers can employ to help overcome some of the psychological barriers that get in the way when they sit down to work.  Although these techniques deal specifically with writing, I think that they could also… Continue reading