HOW TO KNOW IF YOU’RE A WRITER

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 drive and need to put words to paper.) • A writer is someone who looks forward to the day’s work, even if it

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

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR DAILY DOSE?

When I was a kid, daydreaming wasn’t exactly popular. I should know. I got in trouble for daydreaming a lot! Daydreaming in school was particularly frowned upon. Still, a kid can only listen for so long without her mind wandering – right? But then when the teacher sees your eyes glaze over, she pounces, knowing

AN INSIDE OUT VIEW

Travelling provides endless opportunities for imaginative material. Just look at this painting from 1952. Isn’t it brilliant? Lucky for me, this was one of the paintings I was actually allowed to photograph at the SF MoMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.) In fact, I think there should be an entire writing prompt book specifically

MISS YOU

One critical benefit of a strong imagination for writers, is in that we are forever on a quest for freshness. A unique voice. The fight against cliché is constant.  One of the ways of accomplishing this originality, I discovered, is to stop the panic on the daily word count and take time to observe. This pays

HOW TO FIND THE MAGIC

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.” ― Martha Graham Every now and

IMAGINE – Another World in Which to Live

I just finished A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny—her most recent Three Pines Mystery, with Commander Gamache and the delightful characters of Three Pines. Her story was compelling, as always, but just as compelling was her personal story of the writing of this novel. This book was written while coping with a husband suffering from

CREATIVE MINDS – What Do They Have In Common?

Embracing creativity is what it’s all about on this journey to discover what it means to create a more abundant life; a life that reflects and respects all that you were created to be. I always suspected that I was living in a tiny corner that life—that it could expand much farther than what I