Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Daring to be Different

I made and then shared the above picture/quote on my Facebook author page not too long ago. I've carried the quote with me for a long, long time. Before I was officially a writer I always felt different from others, and for some periods of my life I resented that. As I've grown and matured, I've learned that being willing to risk the unusual is a tremendous gift.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

This Is Why I Write

Sometimes writing can be incredibly frustrating. You can feel cut off from everyone else, and sometimes you question if the thing you're slaving away on will be read by anyone. It's a pathway filled with uncertainty, one that only the strong will survive.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Not Knowing When to Quit

Just a little bit ago I was ran into a great article written by Barbara Corcoran of the television show Shark Tank. She's a smart, driven person who knows a lot about business. Like it or not, writing is a business activity, even if it's more creative than accounting (depending which company we're talking about).

Thursday, August 6, 2015

I'm a Writer, Not a Communications Specialist

Many years ago I was a new, self-employed writer. Work came in starts and fits, which made budgeting for things a practice in acrobatics. My confidence wasn't really there, and thinking back it probably showed in a lot of things that I did. One of the biggest signs of my shakiness was the fact that I had business cards made up that said I was a "writer/communications specialist."

Monday, August 3, 2015

Writing Success is Like an Iceberg

Now that I have a blog that's all about the writing process, I want to address something thts one of my biggest peeves - the perception that writing full-time is easy.