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A Little Writing Humor

Writing can be stressful. But it can also be fun. Sometimes, you just need to laugh. People have been trying to communicate since life began on this planet. Snoopy understood the life of a writer. When do the ideas come? And then there's editing. And there's wishing it wasn't so hard. The necessary ingredient: coffee [...]

By |2021-09-20T17:50:58-05:00September 20th, 2021|A Writer's Path Category|0 Comments

They Didn’t, But He Did

One of the pitfalls of writing is the risk of being rejected. No one wants to be rejected, and no matter how much you try to separate yourself from the writing, you take it personally. Reject my writing, reject me. History abounds with stories of famous authors who were rejected multiple times before their work [...]

By |2021-08-22T16:44:14-05:00August 22nd, 2021|A Writer's Path Category|2 Comments

When is a writer a success or a failure?

Success and failure. In today’s world, we are often defined as one or the other in whatever we do. Success can lift our spirits, motivate, and energize us, but failure can demoralize, depress, or stifle further efforts. So what determines whether a writer is successful or not? The answer depends on your point of view, [...]

By |2021-04-14T16:59:19-05:00April 14th, 2021|A Writer's Path Category|5 Comments

Writing with Ernest

  Ernest Hemingway1 Ernest Hemingway was not my favorite author, in fact, I haven’t read most of what he’s written, but despite my own knowledge of his work, he was a successful author. And he was a serious writer. Hemingway had several interests – fishing, hunting, boxing, cats and perhaps you could add [...]

By |2021-01-20T20:13:06-06:00January 15th, 2021|A Writer's Path Category|4 Comments

How Writers Cope during the Pandemic

Social distancing on Little River Island in Maine, photo by Chuck Turk Appointments and meetings have been cancelled. Sports events have been cancelled. Vacations have been cancelled. Even going to church has been cancelled. The government tells us to stay at home to prevent the spread of the disease. So now, we writers [...]

By |2020-04-18T11:56:31-05:00April 16th, 2020|A Writer's Path Category|8 Comments

Discovering a Book

  People often ask me where I get the ideas for my books. Their question implies I'm creative and that I come up with these ideas all by myself. Not true. You see, I’m a historical writer, so I like to explore history and find interesting facts about different periods in various places. Not that [...]

By |2018-08-07T18:35:25-05:00August 7th, 2018|A Writer's Path Category|0 Comments

Lesson from a Book-Signing

      I sat at my table near the food court in the mall, watching people pass and hoping they would decide to stop and buy one of my books. I’m kind of new to this book-signing gig, and I’m not famous, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unfortunately, there were no lines [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00December 20th, 2015|A Writer's Path Category|10 Comments

Out of Control

How did I get myself into this mess? Oh, I remember now. I’d said, “Yes,” when the lady who leads our women’s ministry asked me to write a play for their next Christmas brunch.  Playwriting had not been on my bucket list, but when I suggested a change of format for the brunch such as [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:27-05:00December 12th, 2015|A Writer's Path Category|4 Comments

The Guilty Writer

Recently, a friend said to me, “I don’t know how you do so many things!” I smiled and shrugged, afraid to take any credit, because I knew how much I didn’t get done. For example, today I was supposed to write 1000 words on my current novel, edit a previously written book, compile corrections from [...]

By |2017-07-24T14:45:52-05:00October 21st, 2015|A Writer's Path Category|5 Comments

Inspiration Point

What an inspiring place!   It was my first trip to Yellowstone National Park, and we’d spent the day sightseeing.  I didn’t know what to expect, other than the famous geyser, “Old Faithful.” I was there for the new experience, the adventure, the opportunity to see something I’d never seen before in a [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:29-05:00August 8th, 2015|A Writer's Path Category|2 Comments

The People in my Office

I know they’re waiting for me in there. Even when I forget, as soon as I walk into my office, there they are, the whole cast and crew, hanging around until I return to my desk each day. There’s pretty Cora, pensively sitting at her desk, undoubtedly thinking of the next hat she’ll create, and [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:33-05:00March 8th, 2015|A Writer's Path Category, Uncategorized|4 Comments

What Writers Really Want for Christmas

Lately, I've read several lists of gifts for writers. While they may be practical, useful, and appreciated, I thought of several other things I'd like to have. Of course, being a writer, my imagination does sometimes run away with itself, so I realize the gifts on this wish list might be a bit difficult to [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:34-05:00December 20th, 2014|A Writer's Path Category|0 Comments

What Writers Really Want for Christmas

Lately, I've read several lists of gifts for writers. While they may be practical, useful, and appreciated, I thought of several other things I'd like to have. Of course, being a writer, my imagination does sometimes run away with itself, so I realize the gifts on this wish list might be a bit difficult to [...]

By |2019-12-20T12:31:34-06:00December 20th, 2014|A Writer's Path Category|2 Comments

Silencing the Scrooges

“Very few of you will ever be successful writers.” I was at one of my first writers’ conferences and the keynote speaker, a well-known agent, had just dropped a bomb over the audience. He continued by telling the percentage of people who don’t follow through on requests to submit material to editors or agents. He [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:34-05:00December 12th, 2014|A Writer's Path Category|6 Comments

Unrealistic Expectations

Sunrise When I first embarked on this writing journey, I really didn't know what to expect. I went to writers’ conferences, took classes, listened to industry professionals and experienced writers, and tried to figure out how things worked in this field, what steps to take, what to do next. After many years in [...]

By |2017-05-18T17:07:34-05:00November 21st, 2014|A Writer's Path Category|3 Comments
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