Like most writers, I find it easier to list my failures than I do my successes. But there’s one exceptionally wonderful quality I have– I can find the positive in almost any situation. What that means is that even though it’s easy for me to list where I’ve failed, it’s equally easy for me to […]
I’d been planning to make this list for a while now, but then completely forgot about it. I was reminded of it when someone posted theirs on a message board I frequent. So here’s my list of things I’ve learned in 2007.
I’ve been really patient, but it’s December, so now I’m allowed to talk about goals and achievements and lessons learned. This year, I finished my work a few weeks early. And even though there’s still a month to go for the year to be over (and I am technically still working), I’m pretending it already […]
Here’s a small exercise. Write down your top 3 writing dreams. Mine are: Write for my Big 5: The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek. Have a book reach the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Win the Booker prize. High goals, I know. But I figure I’ll […]
I can’t write in silence. Silence threatens to overwhelm me, but since words distract me, I listen to a lot of instrumental music when I’m writing. I used to download guitar riffs from unknown musicians, but lately, I’ve found myself drawn to tribal house. My music has to be instrumental. If there are words, I […]
I was sent a book meme a few months ago, with questions about my favorite books and authors. It was tough then, it’s tough now. So I’m going to do it (with some additional questions), but only with books I’ve read this year. (I’m not passing it on to anyone. If you want to use […]
… and as I’m blowing out the candles, I’m wishing that in the coming year, my editors will say the following things: “I’m doubling your rate.” “Your piece was perfect. I didn’t change a word!” “We need someone to write a story on relaxing in Paris. Interested?” “Forget the deadline. Just send it in when […]
My behavioral patterns tend to shock a lot of people, but never writers. When I say I haven’t stepped out of the house for weeks, or don’t remember what I had for breakfast in the morning, or say I’ve had a really productive day because I finally found proof that twins born to the same […]
Happy New Year everyone! Right… so I’ve been missing a while. Wondering what I’ve been up to? Here are the dirty details.
A few weeks ago, I received a distressed e-mail from a woman who needed to vent. She figured that since I’d been through the same phase two years ago, I would understand exactly what she was going through. She was right. I did. I understood her need to leave her low-paying job, her desire to […]