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Concentrating Where You Can

Write where you can. When you can. However you can. I admire folks who can continue to concentrate whatever the situation. In my many years as a journalist for a big newspaper I needed to be able to concentrate amid the noise of a newsroom (that noise is lessened now that most people arrange appoints […]

Goals Won’t Get You Where You Want to Go

I stopped setting goals. I suggest you stop, too. Before you and Zig Ziglar hurl rotten vegetables my way in protest, let me explain. Although I’ve stopped setting goals, I haven’t become a low-life couch potato whose primary function is taking up space and collecting dust. Quite the contrary. Rather than setting goals, I make […]

Share Your Story

“Stories only happen to people who can tell them” ~ Roy H. Williams Writing is good for the soul. It feeds a part of many of us that is otherwise silent and forgotten. Creative writing is a lost art of expression and release. It’s a way to give voice to what happens during your day. […]

Don’t Think About Awards, Think About Message

I read a wrap-up about the recent Grammy Awards in which a writer complained that the Grammies continually overlook cutting-edge artists in favor of popular entertainers, even talented ones like Adele. The first thing is, this was an awards ceremony. And awards aren’t exactly cutting-edge, whatever that means (usually it’s an arbitrary ruling in the […]

Whose Team Do You Play On?

Roy H. Williams, author of The Wizard of Ads, said it best (paraphrased): “The only thing more important than who you select to play on your team is, who selects you to play on their team.” I fundamentally believe that this is the most important criterion for success, not only for life, but also for […]

A Ninja Writing Guide

Little arm hairs raise on end. Bumps form on my skin, desperately struggling to retain warmth. It’s freezing in this room as I type away on the computer. I want to be in bed! If only that guy standing next to the refrigerator hadn’t asked me to write a Ninja Writing Guide—– This one’s for […]

Stealing Time for Breakfast

Work threatened to snow me under. Demands crept closer to my little kitchen table. I’d just returned home from a business trip to consult with a new, long-term marketing client. It had gone amazingly well, but they were the 2nd client I had added in two weeks. My mind drowned in possibilities, responsibilities, and writing […]

Realizing the True Fruits of Your Labor

It took Susan Patron ten years to write her first novel, The Higher Power of Lucky (Simon & Schuster, 2006). When writing it, she would race home from work, grab a quick bite to eat, and then dive headlong into the nuances of character development until the wee hours of the morning. She also sacrificed […]

Language of Shadow and Silence

Silence is a language of context. White space is silence in print ads. Visual saturation is its opposite. Shadow is another language of context. Silence is seen and shadows are heard in the dim-light quiet of the printed word: We had come home. We had discussed whether to go out for dinner or eat in. […]