You Need a Real Job Summoned to my high school guidance counselor’s office, I learned not everyone thinks being a writer is a good idea. I still recall the meeting as if it were yesterday. “Why can’t I be an author?” I asked. I wanted to be the next Kurt Vonnegut, Philip Roth, or Ray… Continue reading Anyone Ever Laugh When You Say You’re a Writer?
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
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
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
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
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
The Dream As 2018 begins you resolve to do more writing. Your plan on having a special writing place and using the same time Monday through Friday to be working on your craft dominates your dreams. Ideas are stockpiled in your mind and outlined in moleskin and leather bound journals. The Reality Then your spouse… Continue reading 2018, A Time of New Beginnings