This hashtag, #whyIwrite, has been floating around social media the last few weeks, and it got me thinking. Since TOMORROW is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo2017 (gasp! Are you ready?), and I intend to dedicate a minimum of fifty hours in the month of November in order to write 50k words on my book about service… Continue reading Last Minute NaNoWriMo Motivation–Discovering “Why I Write”
I’ve been struggling a little with motivation this past week. Thanks to storms moving in and out of our area, I’ve been fighting migraine attacks and my own pain storm. Using that downtime to take advantage of YouTube, podcasts, and other written social media, I’ve watched, listened to, and read many motivational leaders. Among my… Continue reading 40 Reasons: “Why Do You Write?” Challenge
At the risk of being melodramatic, let me quote Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (ESV) Let me also warn you that this post is going to be heavy on the pictures. Since my first visit to the Milwaukee Public Library with my mom,… Continue reading A Study Deferred
If you're like me, you probably make the same resolution every year: this year, I'm finally going to write that book, proposal, grant, manual, or dissertation. Then you get stuck. Then you get busy. Then you give up. Sound familiar? It has been for me, too. So let's think about what we can do about… Continue reading Do you need a Writing Coach?
I hate posts that start out "sorry I haven't written lately, but..." so I won't do that today. Or I could pretend I'm going to confession... "Forgive me, dear reader, it's been four months since my last post..." It's been a hard four months. Bad doctor visits, disappointing MRI results, frustration and pain all around.… Continue reading Meanwhile…
I am a writer. That means I am compelled to write. It might be a journal, blog post, fiction, Bible study, Facebook status update, or even Tweet, but I must write. It's been this way since childhood. When other children were drawing pictures, I was using those jumbo crayons to write. It didn't bother me one… Continue reading 5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration
"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." ~~Frederick Douglass I love that quote by Frederick Douglass, but also remember what Mark Twain said: "The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read." It broke my heart as a high school teacher to see minority students who had the same opportunities and… Continue reading READ! Literacy is the Key to Success
I found FundsForWriters over three years ago when I became disabled and started considering writing as a new career option. Since then I have followed C. Hope Clark through her websites (see the links below), blog, and Facebook. I have learned much from her and am always encouraged. Today I am excited that Hope Clark offered to… Continue reading What I Wish I’d Known Then…
"Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the Internet." — Anonymous The Internet is only one of my many distractions. A little over three years ago I naïvely thought that after having been an insatiable reader since early childhood and investing years in studying and teaching literature, I would be… Continue reading What are distractions, really?
For those of you who aren’t writers, or aren’t familiar with NaNoWriMo, this post is to inform, inspire, and share my experience thus far. NaNoWriMo (pronounced nă-nō-RĪ-mō) stands for National Novel Writing Month. I first heard of this when I read Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt in January 2010. At that time… Continue reading Happy NaNoWriMo!