No more passive aggressive people for me: My father is gone and so is that dysfunction

It’s time to do something radical. This has been coming for a while, I can see that now, but it couldn’t really happen until after my dad died. It’s time for me to stop allowing passive aggressive people into my life. Easier said than done though when you’ve grown up with one in your life … More No more passive aggressive people for me: My father is gone and so is that dysfunction

5 Keys to Writing That Will Keep Your Readers Coming Back for More

These 5 keys can be used in any genre of writing. Whether you are writing for fiction or non-fiction readers, professionals reading your reports or websites, magazine readers perusing your articles or followers reading your blogs, you can craft compelling text over and over again with these 5 keys as your guide. … More 5 Keys to Writing That Will Keep Your Readers Coming Back for More

Accepting I’m a writer, finally: It only took about 20 years…

Have you ever felt as if writing weren’t a real job? That saying you’re a writer is kind of fanciful, and even selfish? I absolutely have! It’s really ironic because I started reading when I was four and devoured as many books as I could from that time on. I mean I LOVE to read. … More Accepting I’m a writer, finally: It only took about 20 years…

How fear can stall your writing: And how to get back on track, one page at a time

A never-ending novel Before I started working on my book again, I thought it would take me forever to finally finish it. I felt as if I were standing at the bottom of a really high mountain looking up, and had a long trek to get up there. The tip of the mountain was even … More How fear can stall your writing: And how to get back on track, one page at a time

Today’s a perfect writing day: It’s overcast and raining

There are definitely days where I find it easier to go into my office, close the door and write. I don’t feel as if I’m missing anything, well at least not much. For me, the beautiful sunny days of the summer are the hardest to work on. I can take my laptop outside and work … More Today’s a perfect writing day: It’s overcast and raining

A writer’s negative self-talk: It’s BS, aren’t you happy to hear?!

That negative self-talk we love to hate Do you ever hear yourself saying in your head, “I can’t make any serious money from writing!” or “I’m going to end up a starving writer or a drunk or both!” or “What if I write a book and no one wants to publish it?!” or “What if … More A writer’s negative self-talk: It’s BS, aren’t you happy to hear?!

Journalling to honour myself: Writing has saved my life

Journalling through my life I have been writing a journal for over 35 years. I began as a young girl as a way to express feelings I couldn’t any other way. And also feelings I couldn’t understand. I didn’t have a safe person close to me that I could confide in. And even though my … More Journalling to honour myself: Writing has saved my life

Back to writing: Why are my characters being rebellious? They’re just fictional, right?!

I read through the first draft of my novel. I have 68 pages done and about 40 more to come I think. I’m beginning the most intricate part of my novel, the ending. When it all comes together. Or when the shit hits the fan depending on how you want to look at it. As … More Back to writing: Why are my characters being rebellious? They’re just fictional, right?!

Expressing our inner questions: Writing and reading as therapy

Writing was something I started as a very young girl. I could read when I was four and my earliest journals started after my best friend was killed in a fire when I was five, he was only six. That was not something I could make sense of. I wrote from the age of five … More Expressing our inner questions: Writing and reading as therapy

The hot and cold of novel writing: Is it writer’s block or inner growth?

I have written about 80% of my first draft. And then stopped. I’m not sure why. My characters are moving through my head, and sometimes I even hear them speaking to me, but for a few months now I haven’t worked on my novel. And it’s been in the works–from scene weave to first draft–for … More The hot and cold of novel writing: Is it writer’s block or inner growth?

Use your voice and your word: You’re more powerful than you know

The speech that Oprah made at the Golden Globes was so very important. Not only for young girls watching the show, but for everyone who has ever been victimized in any way. She is an amazing speaker, and respected by many because of her outstanding accomplishments and her unending search for the truth. And coming … More Use your voice and your word: You’re more powerful than you know

I need regular life: What I have is depression and anger instead

It’s Saturday. I woke up and was immediately depressed. And then I got angry. Really angry. There’s nothing to do. Sure I can go grocery shopping, which has pretty much been my sole activity for two years. I can go for a walk, but it’s crazy cold outside, so that really doesn’t appeal to me. … More I need regular life: What I have is depression and anger instead

Why I become emotionally attached to fictional characters

I become emotionally attached to characters in the books I read and the TV series I watch. Not all books or series, they don’t all elicit deep feelings for me, but the characters who do are very real for me. And even to me that sounds strange. For example, when my life gets too stressful … More Why I become emotionally attached to fictional characters