Don’t believe the hype! Even if everyone IS better off than you, it’s in your power to change the course of your life!Read more "Late Bloomers and Creative Harvests"
Writing requires a certain fearlessness in the face of past failures, and sometimes the most frightening challenge involves returning the page once more.Read more "High Dives and Leaps of Faith"
We writers are gifted with turning a phrase, but with that power comes great responsibility.Read more "Do You Doublespeak?"
Treat writer’s block like a terrible flu, give in to the symptoms and make the most of the creative hermitage.Read more "Strength through Surrender"
Writers, release the ball and chain of perfectionism and embrace the sloppy, unpredictable but so-much-more satisfying rhythm of fits and starts and landing with a satisfied thump at the finish line.Read more "Riding the Writer’s Wave"
For writers, it’s tempting to try to record every moment of an adventure, but sometimes it’s better to surrender the pen and ink and just let the experience wash over you.Read more "From Paris with Love"
The fastest way to become a proficient writer is to make writing a part of your daily routine.There are many variations of the adage that talent matters little when not paired with persistence, and my experiences over the last several months have proved to me that small, incremental steps really can take you farther than you could ever imagine.Read more "Writing As Habit"
Sometimes life can get in the way of your creative goals and endeavors. It’s hard to sit down and write when arguments and expectations are whirling in your head, battling for attention. It’s even worse when the ones you love drag you onto to their stage, shove a tin sword in your hand and push you out to challenge their dragons.Read more "The Pen is Mightier…"
Stories like Star Wars can help children understand the mysterious world around them by using characters and readily comprehensible plots to present scary, complicated ideas like “the dark side” and dealing with the pressure to do what’s right in the face of what’s easy.Read more "Silenced"
Red carpets and glimmering statuettes are fun, but don’t let the haters convince you it’s all smoke and mirrors. Whether it’s a Hollywood blockbuster or a carefully crafted YouTube video, visual storytelling puts our lives and our experiences in context.Read more "Don’t Get Oscar-Baited"