STILL CLIMBING

An exploratory dig in my office unearthed this card that I received over a decade ago, before my first novel came out. I’m still dreaming. Still climbing! It’s funny. In the beginning, when I had exactly 0 novels written and publishing credits were limited to minor magazine articles, I dreamed of seeing a novel I

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

LET YOUR CHARACTER WRITE THE STORY

“Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink and paper that will turn wooden figures into flesh and blood.” —Leslie Gordon Barnard, WD When I begin to feel a writer’s block building in

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

Winds of L’Acadie Turns Ten!!!

It’s hard to believe that Winds of L’Acadie came out TEN years ago! I’ll never forget that feeling of seeing my book on the shelves at the bookstores for the first time.  What a thrill! That was the beginning of a whole new world. A world filled with creative people who were authors and illustrators

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A WRITER

“If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.”  – Somerset Maugham Sol Stein in How To Grow A Novel: • A writer is someone who cannot not write. ( A non-writer is someone who can write or not, who does not have

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