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Writing Referent Group

Having just been in Paris, strolling along the cobblestone streets of Montmartre, daydreaming about the Picassos and Hemingways and other creative people who rose to fame in the creative capital of the world, I had to wonder just how important it is to live around people who love to create just like you do. Does…

Wednesday Pep Talk

Photo: Haifa, Israel Dear Self, No matter where you are, certain conditions are conducive to successfully meeting your quota. They include the following: going to bed at a regular time waking up early carving out space to do your work making sure the children go to bed at regular times and take naps, which gives…

Traveling and Writing=No Bueno

Greetings from Israel! It’s our second day here and let me tell you, I am just barely sitting down at midnight trying to muster together the concentration needed to apply toward achieving my word count. My records indicate sucky progress: I’m actually kind of embarrassed to admit it. I never found a cafe in Paris…

Monday Pep Talk

Dear Self, Bonjour! You are sitting in your cute Parisian apartment, the kids are asleep, your finally-finished-outline sits bound before you and your fingers are itching to get started. 3000 words–that’s the goal. You had a whole day of the City of Lights to inspire your creative juices, now it’s time to get to it.…

Monday Pep Talk

Dear Self, You’ve got a lot of work to do this week before you get on a plane and jet-set to dreamy places. The goal is to finish your outline. You’ve worked hard to make a detailed outline, beat-by-beat, covering all of your literary story-building bases.  Keep at it. Finish. You want to step on…

Lessons I’ve Learned …

Stay away from the time-suckers. Avoid the “Pig-Pen” personalities who want to bring you down with their dust storm of negativity.  Keep a schedule and follow it meticulously.  Keep your eyes on your own prize. Do not let others dissuade you from your path or goals.  People are like crabs in a pot of boiling…

Thursday Pep Talk

Dear Self, Eyes on the prize, head in the game. Keep moving forward with your plans. Claw at your end-goal until it’s in your hands and you can rightfully say you earned it and it’s all yours. Eliminate distractions. Stay away from the resistance and procrastination that looms over your head and whispers in your…