1. Understand and recognize the difference between constructive and destructive criticism. The former may not make you comfortable, but it does make you think and ultimately act to improve your writing. The latter saps you of energy and confidence, setting up hurdles and blocks that slow or halt your personal or professional growth. Constructive criticism is to be embraced, destructive criticism is to be ignored. 2. Don’t ask if you’re not willing to accept. Criticism, […]
For someone who has a way with words, I can never find the words to describe to friends what writing means to me. I try to tell them that it’s sort of like hearing voices, only I hear stories. Only I don’t really hear them or see them. I sense them, the way animals sense a storm approaching. The stories may be in the distance somewhere, but they’re also in front of me, around me; […]
The man who says “It can’t be done” is interrupted by the man who is doing it. — Unknown Isn’t it time you interrupted yourself?
Join me each month as I share a myth from my book The 9 Biggest Writing Myths (and how to move beyond them). This month we’ll explore the myth about having to love the project you’re working on. Myth #3 Beginning a writing project is like entering a marriage. You willingly make a long-term commitment to have and to hold till publication do you part. You begin your relationship with an idea that makes you all wide-eyed and bushy-tailed. […]
As a fellow writer, I thought you would enjoy these. I wish I had written them, but, alas, they arrived in an email. Kudos to the author! Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes? The main reason that Santa is so jolly is because […]
Ideas are a shot of adrenaline; they engage our minds, make our spirits soar. An idea travels at the speed of sound. It comes to us in a flash, unfolds just as quickly. It takes us right to the punch line, delivering a vision of our finished work in all its glory — something that shimmers, sparkles, shines, and changes lives. Ideas are all these things and more. Ultimately, however, ideas are, well, just ideas. […]
There is much satisfaction in work well done; praise is sweet, but there can be no happiness equal to the joy of finding a heart that understands. — Victor Robinsoll Write to and for that heart. Hear its voice, listen to its needs. Find words to inform and comfort it, and thereby draw it closer to your own.
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. — Anais Nin And so do writing projects. Have the courage to give your book, play, article life. It will expand your life as well.
Sometimes its AOK to be an armchair quarterback, especially when it comes making calls about how you could better use your time. And the best way to do this is to look back over the day or week that has just passed. This process need only take a moment or two; simply take note of where your time has gone, making special note of: * Time wasters (e.g., watching TV, reading the newspaper, cleaning, engaging […]
Reaching a goal takes a lot of mental energy, physical energy too (sitting for hours, overworking my fingers, getting too little sleep, etc.). And so the very first thing I do is rest. It’s rest without guilt. In other words, I let myself off the hook for the rest of the day or week. The second thing I do is take myself out for tea or lunch. Sometimes I go by myself, other times I […]