writing path

None of us suddenly becomes something overnight. The preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.  Gail Godwin My office file cabinet has been on my must-do list to declutter for the last couple of years. When it became harder to close the drawers, I started tackling it in bits and pieces over the… Continue reading writing path

Thoughts on Exposition in Creative Writing

“Where questions of style and exposition are concerned I try to follow a simple maxim: if you can’t say it clearly you don’t understand it yourself.” John Searle John stirred the pot of fragrant bubbling chili adding a dash more cocoa powder  and a pinch of his secret weapon. The secret weapon, that he brought home… Continue reading Thoughts on Exposition in Creative Writing

7 Tips for Poetry Contest Success

Every creative writer will tell you…there is no money in poetry…but there is money, publication and the possibility to get your finest work seen by your poetic community. If you’re going to enter and ultimately win or place in a poetry contest you need to follow some simple rules.   Do your research, is it a legitimate press, a… Continue reading 7 Tips for Poetry Contest Success

7 Ways to Keep The Passion for the Writing Life

Life can’t ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer’s lover until death – fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant. ~Edna Ferber, A Kind of Magic, 1963 Writers who feel a passion for writing might consider writing their constant companion. And with every relationship there… Continue reading 7 Ways to Keep The Passion for the Writing Life

Facing Down Rejection

Although I don’t have any statistics on rejections I do know that many best-selling authors often boast of how many rejections they received before they got their first work published.  And almost every how-to writing book includes a chapter on accepting rejection as part of the writing process. Successful writers all say the same thing…surviving… Continue reading Facing Down Rejection

Evaluating Your Creative Writing Life

“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing”Hindu Proverb Yesterday I didn’t post because I was finishing my self evaluation for last semester. This is harder than it sounds. What did you learn, how did you learn it, and how do you live what you’ve learned in your community and the world.… Continue reading Evaluating Your Creative Writing Life