Do Over

Politics isn’t something I delve into here, but I had to pass on this ironic prayer from the brilliant mind of E. I. Wong. I’m thinking it should be titled, “Clean Slate” 🙂

A Narcissist Writes Letters, To Himself

Wouldn’t it be wonderful
if Democrats and Republicans
set aside their differences
& came together under one roof

& then, due to decades
of neglectful infrastructure funding policy,
erosion collapsed that roof?

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Rethink

When I started this blog, I decided to only write about writing. I didn’t want to be one of those people blabbing about the insanely boring details of their life. Also, I wasn’t sure how much of myself I wanted to put out there in Web Space.
After reading Phoebe Quinn’s post below, I may have to rethink my position 🙂

by Phoebe Quinn Six year-old me dreamed of seeing my name shining on hardbacks in the window of Waterstone’s as the latest bestselling debut author. Twenty-seven year old me has altered the dream slightly to a single webpage with the all-important average customer rating hovering between 4 and 5. It’s less enchanting, but more […]

via Has Self-Publishing Made Everything a Bit…Sterile? — A Writer’s Path

On Writing With a Purpose

According to Meg Dowell, knowing why we write can help keep us writing. To paraphrase Meg, our reason is our inspiration. Nice theory. I like it. Makes sense.
The only problem is I don’t know why I write… It can’t just be vanity, right? That would be sad 😦
It’s an interesting question. Why do you write, do you know?
Check out Meg’s article.

A Writer's Path

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by Meg Dowell

You likely learned in school that writing an essay begins with defining your target audience and purpose for reaching out to them. We all wrote that essay about whether or not our school should or shouldn’t have uniforms (did schools who already had uniforms still argue this?). Audience: school board. Purpose: convince the authority figures that we should or should not all dress alike.

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When to Ignore Negative Feedback — A Writer’s Path

If you’ve ever had to nurse an ego bleeding from a nasty review, this post by Tonya Moore is an excellent bandage 🙂

by Tonya R. Moore I think we call all agree that getting feedback on our writing is very important. Most of the time—whether it’s positive or negative, feedback serves to encourage or help us grow. We can learn a lot from negative feedback but this isn’t always the case. Sometimes it makes more sense […]

via When to Ignore Negative Feedback — A Writer’s Path

That old manuscript gathering dust? It may just be a pile of gold

The book that was going to become a movie and get you on the Jimmy Fallon Show sucks. You’re going to delete your manuscript, uninstall Word and start using your laptop for what it was obviously meant for—games.
Or…you can read Gary’s story and be inspired.

What Inspires Your Writing?

gary-schwartzToday we hear from Gary Schwartz, author of The King of Average, who recounts a time when he brought an old, abandoned project back to life?to massive success. If you’ve got some inspiring advice to share, please send it in!

Here’s the problem: I never thought of myself as a writer. I had a great story that I liked to tell?verbally. Everyone I told my story to said the same thing: “You should write this down! It’s a great story for kids with issues like yours.”

So I wrote, like, twenty pages and then fizzled out on the follow-through.

I liked to bitch about it: “I can’t write. I’d rather just tell you.” But that was an excuse. Writing was daunting. I didn’t have an ending, just a premise.

Flash forward two decades to Christmas dinner 2008. I regaled my hosts with the premise for what would be…

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On The Power of YES … and How It Can Change Your Life

Step outside your comfort zone one “Yes” at a time :

LOVE AND OLIVES

I was sitting at a conference table on Wednesday afternoon in the middle of a real estate closing. My client’s mortgage representative made a statement that lingered with me for quite some time: “Sometimes, you just have to say ‘yes.’ Shake a man’s hand. You know, make a deal.” He was speaking about interest rate fluctuations, the secondary mortgage market, minimum liquidity requirements; about how the longer you wait for that “better rate” or that “better deal,” you miss out on (what could be) your best opportunity. As I sat across from him at that chestnut-colored table, analyzing his message through the glare of a late afternoon sun, I took his statement to express a message which was far more meaningful – a message which stretched beyond the mortgage realm into the reality of everyday life.

Yes.

As a seven-year-old sitting in a blue combo desk in a second…

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Afraid

Worth repeating, every morning before you get out of bed, before the world tells you, “You Can’t!”

Cristian Mihai

afraid“You are afraid to die, and you’re afraid to live. What a way to exist.” – Neale Donald Walsch

Afraid. To live. To die. To get hurt. To hurt others. Afraid. Of failure. Of success. Of getting stuck somewhere in between. Afraid of doing nothing at all, afraid of overdoing it. Afraid of yourself, afraid of others. Rationalizing. Being practical. Over-intellectualizing. Holding back. Waiting for the right moment and the right place.

Finding excuses. Blaming yourself. Blaming others. Telling yourself that you’ve got enough time.

“If only…”

“When I…”

“What if…”

You are afraid. And most times you don’t even realize it. And everyone else is just as afraid as you are. A bit ironic, but it’s true.

Keep that in mind. No one is fearless, no one is perfect, and no one is better.

We just are. You just are.

But it would be a damn shame if you…

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