One Great Way To Write A Book Review

Keeping Track of What You Read Over twenty-five years ago I read Louis L’Amour’s book, “Education of a Wandering Man.” L’Amour kept a journal recording the books he read year by year. About the same time, I attended a writer’s conference in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Christian author Dr. Calvin Miller was… Continue reading One Great Way To Write A Book Review

Kepler’s Aphorism #3 – One Page a Day

Kepler’s Aphorism #3 – One Page a Day The average page has 250 words. If you write 1 page a day 5 days a week you will end the week with 5 pages or 1,250 words written in one week. If you do one page a day, 5 days a week for 52 weeks you’ll end the… Continue reading Kepler’s Aphorism #3 – One Page a Day

The Writer’s Life: A Question of Balance

A Question of Balance Balancing your day job with your passion for writing and reading is hard. The day job is important. You need a regular paycheck and insurance for survival. So unless you’re a Dean Koontz with a spouse who is willing to give you five years to make it with her working full-time… Continue reading The Writer’s Life: A Question of Balance

Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

“I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do. After hundreds of experiments, I decided to go my own way in style and see what would happen.” – Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg (January 6, 1878 – July 22, 1967) was an American writer and editor, best… Continue reading Meet the Poets: Carl Sandburg – 1919 and 1951 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, 1940 Pulitzer Prize for History

Poem: Gone Electric

Gone Electric Our music choice was known as folk We all laughed at a knock-knock joke Acoustic was our favorite sound In D.C. The Beatles played in the round We cried when JFK was killed that day And why the war we asked LBJ Newport Folk Festival was going strong And Bob Dylan wrote our… Continue reading Poem: Gone Electric

One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success

Below is a little guide I put together. I call it “One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success.” 1. You must master your moods. Proverbs 25:8 – Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control. 2. You must watch your words. Proverbs 13: 3 – He who guards his… Continue reading One Great Way to Discipline Yourself for Success

Ten Thoughts to Encourage Others

Ten Thoughts to Encourage Others: Over the years I have noticed people who have the ability and skill to do a task or assignment often lack the confidence to tackle the job before them. If they are a writer, they may fear to put words on paper. If an analyst, they may hesitate or question… Continue reading Ten Thoughts to Encourage Others

Kepler’s Aphorism #2 – Don’t Plan on Earning Enough Money Writing to Live On

I was sixty-four years old before I was able to write full-time and I don’t make enough money off my writing to support myself solely on my writing income. I required having multiple streams of income to achieve this goal. It also took my being debt free. Even with my simple lifestyle, my combined earnings from… Continue reading Kepler’s Aphorism #2 – Don’t Plan on Earning Enough Money Writing to Live On

Creativity and More: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Albert Einstein said, “The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.” My undergraduate education is a liberal arts education. My major was history and my minors were English and military science.… Continue reading Creativity and More: The Value of a Liberal Arts Education

Neuroplasticity and Writing

One Word of Advice I remember watching the movie “The Graduate” when I was in high school. In the movie, Dustin Hoffman’s character was given one word of advice upon his college graduation. The word was “plastic.” I want to give my fellow writers one word of advice. No, it’s not the word plastic. The… Continue reading Neuroplasticity and Writing