The Writing Process

How to Start Your Writing Project

You decided to write a book. The ideas were there, but disappeared the moment you opened a new Word document. Now the only thing standing in the way of you being the next New York Times bestseller author is actually start your writing project. What to do? Turn off the computer and return to talking… Continue reading How to Start Your Writing Project

The Writing Life · The Writing Process

Why You Should Be Writing

This past weekend my husband and I spent the day in St. Petersburg. We had lunch at this really cool restaurant called The Library, which by the way was built by his company. We toured another one of his projects under construction, before heading to the Chihuly Museum. To say the glass was breathtaking would be… Continue reading Why You Should Be Writing

The Writing Process

Five Easy Steps to Write Fearlessly

What’s the biggest obstacle to writing?  The writer.  Sitting down to write often means coming face to face with our doubts and fears. I’m not a real writer. I don’t know enough. How can I possibly say anything that hasn’t been said better by the experts? What if I get it wrong? Does my idea even… Continue reading Five Easy Steps to Write Fearlessly

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Back to Blogging

I’m blogging again.  It’s been a while. I could list a multitude of excuses as to why, but that would serve no real purpose other than to make me feel better. So I’ll spare you. Since my last blog, I relocated from Atlanta to Tampa. My transition included two apartments, one townhouse, six offers to… Continue reading Back to Blogging

Grieving · The Writing Process

The Story Only You Can Tell

Two weeks from today I will hop on an Airbus A340-600 and head across the pond. First stop London. I will finally see my daughter, who I haven’t seen since the beginning of January. And after a quick three-day tour of London, my family and I will begin our five country, fourteen-day tour. A bit… Continue reading The Story Only You Can Tell

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Why you may need to implode your story

One perk of being married to someone in construction management is getting to witness the different phases of building a building. I have been to ground breakings, looked down gigantic holes at poured footings and walked through completed buildings noting unfinished punch-list items before the final walk-through.  All the while learning  the lingo and gaining… Continue reading Why you may need to implode your story

Community Involvement · The Writing Process

Why Am I Procrastinating?

It’s been four weeks since I posted a blog. I could go into a long explanation about how busy I’ve been. As executive editor of Minerva Rising Press, I had to prepare for the 2017  AWP Conference, finalize the latest Minerva Rising issue – Fathers, and manage day-to-day operations. All necessary activities, but none require day and… Continue reading Why Am I Procrastinating?

The Writing Process

5 Strategies to Overcome Writer’s Block

Imagine this scene . . . It’s ten in the morning. A woman sits at her desk with a cup of tea. She turns on her computer and opens a Word document.  With fingers hovering over the keyboard, she ponders what to type. Just an hour or so earlier all sorts of idea floated through… Continue reading 5 Strategies to Overcome Writer’s Block

December Writing Challenge · The Writing Process

Writing and the Procrastinator – Part One

One of the biggest problems I have with writing is staying put in the chair. Whenever I’m sitting in the chair to write, I want to run. Anything and everything is a void excuse to get up and do something else. And if I make myself stay there, then my back or my neck starts to… Continue reading Writing and the Procrastinator – Part One

December Writing Challenge · The Writing Process

Twenty-two days and counting 

Day 22.  I count the days much like I did when I quit smoking. Three days since my last cigarette. Ten days since my last cigarette. Twenty-two days since my last cigarette.  Counting reminded me of how far I had come. It helped strengthen my willpower when I wanted to quit. Did really I want… Continue reading Twenty-two days and counting