When I was a child, school was easy for me.  I read voraciously, loved to write, and was good at math. I was able to get A’s throughout elementary and middle school, virtually by showing up. Sounds nice, and it was. But it didn’t teach me how to deal with difficulty. …

Have you ever noticed that often times the best advice is aggravatingly simple? For example, to lose weight, consume fewer calories than you expend. Eat less, exercise more. Ugh! Isn’t there a magic formula? Through the years I’ve read countless articles and books on how to get published. If I …

There are three main types of writers: Category One: Those who will probably never be published. This includes: • The Wishbone Writers: Aspiring authors with a wishbone instead of a backbone who never finish a manuscript, or if they do, never get around to querying agents. (Um…I did spend some …

Worry is more than a wasted emotion—it’s a thief. It robs us of living in the moment. It causes stress and ruins creativity. Many writers are worriers. It’s understandable, since numerous aspects of publishing are out of our control. How many jobs demand all the work (in most cases) up …

Writing is definitely a journey, and I think those who embrace the learning curve will ultimately find success and enjoyment in the process. At every turn, I learn something new. Knowledge that only comes from study, practice, and experience. In the beginning, it was hard not to be impatient. I …

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”      ~ Aristotle Want some instant happiness? Accomplish meaningful tasks. I have a scrolling “To Do” list like most people, with items such as pick-up dry-cleaning.  I believe such lists are important. Checking off items gives a …