1304, 2017

Top 7 Reasons for Taking Writing Courses

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You are curious. My readers, in general, are curious people. It’s awesome! I love sharing what I’ve learned and seeing your (LED) lightbulb go on in your head. I started my company because I wanted to make it easy for aspiring authors to publish their books. Soon after, I realized that writers need help with writing and organizing before they get to the point of publishing. You want to know your book is good BEFORE you publish it, right?

In order to satisfy your ravenous appetite for information about writing, publishing, and book promotion, I’m developing a series of online writing courses aimed at giving you exactly what you need and delivered in a way that’s easiest to consume. […]

604, 2017

25 Things I Learned About Writing in Italy

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I just got back from a fabulous 2-week vacation in Italy and loved every minute of it. I explored the history and sites of different cities, towns, and countrysides and, most of all, the people. Within the immense beauty of the land and cultural history, I came away with thoughts about writing and life, in general. Let me take you on a little tour of the lessons I learned about writing while I was there.

  1. Something well created lasts longer than those which were created fast. Iconic buildings throughout Italy took years or even decades to build. We can write a book in a week, but long-remembered books took time to develop and write. Powerhouse Margaret Mitchell took ten years to write Gone with the Wind.
  2. People are motivated by fear […]
902, 2016

In Search of Creative Inspiration

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As a writer, author and content creator, I spend A LOT of time staring at my computer. I bang away at the keys day after day hoping for a brilliant thought or a least a helpful bit of information for you, my readers. But, as the weather kept me inside last week on the East Coast, I felt the urge to get out of my space and into the world in search of creative inspiration.

I’m a fan of Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and have written about her recommendation for periodic “artist dates.” I took her up on it this weekend with a trip to the Delaware Art Museum. It’s not the Louvre, but it is close to home, free on Sundays and it provided me with exactly what […]

2111, 2015

Creativity

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Creativity Quote

2708, 2015

Never Stop Learning: Back to School for You, Too!

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We tend to think that going back to school is just for kids. You learn lots of stuff, go to college to “be” something and then get a job with all of the knowledge you acquired. But, now that you are… ahem… older, learning takes on a whole new meaning. You can dip your toe in the water by reading an article or dive in and go back to college or get a master’s degree.

People learn for all different reasons: to save money by learning a skill they now pay someone to do like car repair or plumbing, to obtain skills necessary to cope with something like money management or assertiveness training, to feed their passion, to obtain skills necessary to get a job or advance their career or just […]

1105, 2015

Quote of the Day

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Quote about creativity

405, 2015

Be Curious

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Ask questions about self-publishingI must have asked a lot of questions when I was a kid because I got these books for 3 consecutive holidays when I was 8 or 9. I poured through them looking for answers to age old questions or things the just seemed interesting like “Why is the sky blue” or “Why can’t you keep your eyes open when you sneeze?”

Fortunately, I didn’t lose that curiosity as an adult AND Google was born. Every question I have, I can instantly find the answer. I can find a blog post, video, or Wikipedia entry to answer endless questions and other curiosities. I published my first book using that method and wrote my second based on information I […]

1212, 2012

The Circle of Life

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Circle of LifeThe phrase “circle of life” seems like a misnomer. I saw The Lion King on Broadway last weekend where to the phrase was transformed into melodic triumph and celebration. The hunter and the hunted stood side by side and recognized their place in the continuity of the savanna and the world.  Although sad in parts, it elevated the passing of life and miracle birth to showstopping grandeur. Yet, circle doesn’t aptly describe the transition.

Last night, I joined my friend and his family at his parent’s house. His dad is dying. Sent home with Hospice a few days ago, the 89 year old laid in a hospital bed in the living room surrounded by his family and friends. […]

1905, 2011

Just Breathe

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With thunder rumbling overhead and rain pouring down, I feel like I’ve received a little gift from Mother Nature.  Games have been cancelled and errands delayed. The rush of spring has been put on hold, if only for a little while.  I guess I’ll  take this moment to breathe.

I’ve noticed that whenever I have taken a moment or stolen a moment, if necessary, the mind-clogging crapola of the day gets flushed out like a mental dose of Milk of Magnesia.  Bathroom metaphors aside, I feel more free to think and create when I take advantage of those few precious moments in the day, or month, to slow down and breathe.

While I’m not into Zen meditation, perhaps I can learn from […]

1702, 2011

I’m not dead yet! My world without regret.

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I’m lying in bed beating back a cold I’ve had for days.  Being somewhat of an optimist, I think of the luxury that affords me.  Who is going to ask me to cook dinner or come to work and share all the joy I’m experiencing?  That’s right, no one.

Then it’s just me, alone with my mountain of tissues and gallon of orange juice.  What to do, what to do?

This week, I watched the movies Good Will Hunting and Field of Dreams, both real classics.  Since I never get to the movies, they could have come out last month for all I know.  Combine that with a memory as keen as my grandmother’s and even a movie I’ve seen before premiers […]