The Only Way to Succeed at Writing

I read a lot of books about writing.  Some books are like old friends; others are like task masters.  Whether I find comfort on the page, a passage I’d marked that once spoke to me and often still does, or whether I find instruction of the do-this- don’t-do-that variety, books about writing lie everywhere in …

Workout Wednesday! 6.26.2019

Getting Published in 3 "Easy" Steps No matter why we write, we strive for the validation that someone else likes the words we write enough to print them in a publication read by some number of people, all of whom we do not know.  Writers like us know this is difficult, but we still dream …

Writing? In the Summer?

Building Your Writing Practice - Workout Wednesday The tyranny of the urgent often seems to be a guiding force in my life.  Especially in summer, there is always something pressing that needs doing right now:  watering the wilting flower baskets, picking up prescriptions in town, pick up at the CSA, going to Farmers Market, mowing …

Cleaning up

Taking out the trash - Tightening the writing Every Wednesday, I take the trash down the hill to the big can by the main road to be picked up Thursday morning. During the week, we store the trash in metal cans in the garage to keep black bear and other critters from being tempted to …

Writing the Details

How to focus on writing when you are distracted. Sometimes when I sit to write, my mind swirls and swirls. Spring is when this happens to me most often. Like today. We had a wonderful birthday celebration yesterday for my son-in-law, so I have a happiness hangover. To top it off this morning, bluebird skies …