So writers, know that your words are your superpower. And though your self-doubt may be your kryptonite, and your Imposter Syndrome may keep you from leaping to action, know that it’s part of what makes you powerful.
Is this the right room for an argument? After anything of note happens in the world – especially in the event of tragedy – our media outlets become torrents of speculation, opinion, and outright lies. Social media, in turn, becomes a swamp of logical fallacy. It’s as predictable as the sunrise. This phenomenon was particularly… Continue reading Beyond Belief – 9 Tips for Researching Your Opinions
Just a few years ago, I’d never have been able to say those words. I’d be like McSorley, unable to grasp the gravity of the moment, thinking all was well and that I had everything under control, even as I was losing it.
Now I know when to throw up the lifeline.
The truth is, back then, I’d given up on writing fiction. It wasn’t that I didn’t have ideas… it wasn’t that I lacked the time (well, any more than I do now)…
Back then, I felt storm-beaten and time-worn. At that point in my life, I was exhausted on every level. I’d completely lost touch with myself.
How many times have you said I don’t have time? I’d love to go to that party, but I don’t have time. You need someone to help you move? Oh, I totally would, but I just don’t have time! You want someone to go shopping with you for a new outfit and subsequently listen to… Continue reading But I Don’t Have Time!
Do you journal? I have in the past, and I currently am doing some journaling. But I’ve never been one to sit down daily and record my thoughts. (I say as I type on my blog… the irony does not escape me) I’ve worked through The Artist’s Way a couple times. Journaling, in the form… Continue reading Journaling – Past, Present and Future
“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical is madness. To surrender dreams — this may be madness. Too much sanity may be madness — and maddest of all: to see life as it is, and not as it should be!” — Don Quixote de La Mancha … Continue reading A New Month of Madness
To become a published writer, you have to grow a very thick skin, and have a whole lot of unfounded confidence. You have to learn to sing your own praises, even if the proof is slim. But don’t forget to project yourself with humility and grace. In other words, go tell the world how awesome you are without sounding like an arrogant jerk.
It’s fortunate that writers are good with words.
At some point, we must realize that if our art is going to be our livelihood, we’re going to need to work our butts off. We need to put the dreamer in her place, and settle into real work habits. We have to treat our passion like the career that it is, we roll up our sleeves, and we get to work.
Last weekend, I bought a new jacket. I’m in love with this jacket. It’s a black and white gingham-plaid wool, with leather shoulders, belt and pocket accents. It’s mid-thigh length, and fitted, with a flare at the bottom. And it’s made by Guess. I’m literally obsessed-in-love with it. Why? Because I’m a nerd. “I think… Continue reading On Being a Nerd