IT WAS GOING TO BE AN EXTRAORDINARY DAY!

“You can’t always do the extraordinary. In between you have to do the ordinary. Because if you didn’t, what would constitute the extraordinary?” Chrisotph Waltz Most days start with no hint of the extraordinary. Not today. Today I walked out my front door and saw nothing but blue sky—every direction. Not even a wisp of

HOW TO FIND YOUR INNER ADOLESCENT

“Sometimes I scare myself at how easily I slip inside my mind and live vicariously through these characters.” Teresa Mummert  When I first started writing, my son was a teen so I was surrounded with the sarcasm and the witty (but not necessarily kind) comebacks that passed for conversation between him and his friends. Inevitably

How to Breathe Life into Flat Characters

  “It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?”  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables The timelessness and the popularity of the story of Anne of Green Gables are rooted in the character of Anne. LM Montgomery managed to create a delightful character who readers love and care about. Even readers in other cultures adore the

HOW TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.”  ― Kurt Vonnegut, Writing a novel is a long process. It’s easy to get weighed down by the enormity of the task. The most important thing is to keep moving forward. Here are some things that I have found useful

FREE YOUR MIND

 “Once you connect with your mind, you are who you are and you are free.” Natalie Goldberg   When I first began attending writing workshops, I noticed that they always seemed to start with some form of stream-of-consciousness writing. Natalie Goldberg, author of the best selling Writing Down the Bones, begins every workshop she teaches with

WE ARE ALL CREATIVE

The Artist’sWay by Julia Cameron is based on the premise “We are all creative. We can all be more creative.” When I started this IMAGINE  blog  in January, it was with this premise and with the goal of developing a stronger imagination.  After several months of exploration, I’m now ready to settle in to some

CREATING SUCCESS – WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

Everyone wants to be successful. Right? Everyone wants to find the magic key that will open the door to this exclusive club. We’re so focused on gaining entry, that we perhaps forget to think about what this club will actually look like. What benefits will being a member afford us? When I began this project

THE ROAD NOT TAKEN

There was a time, not so long ago that I considered writing prompts, tips for writers who couldn’t think of what to write. Writers who were not in the middle of writing a novel. Prompts for people whose own imagination had failed them. I was wrong. It was my imagination, as it turned out, that

GET INSPIRED – IT REALLY WORKS!

  It shouldn’t still surprise me, but it always does. When you feel inspired, great things happen. All of those walls evoked such positive feelings that the creative energy began to flow. When I went back to my WIP, I couldn’t help but renewed enthusiasm, grateful for the many experiences that led me to those

WHEN YOU HIT THE WALL – LOOK AGAIN!

Nothing is working! I want to scream it from the roof tops. My WIP with the working title of Anywhere But Here appeared to be progressing well.  There were some scenes that needed strengthening but I always knew where the story was going and how it would end. So, I did not expect to hit the