Anyone Ever Laugh When You Say You’re a Writer?

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?

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

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

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

Encourage Others

Mentor One way a writer can become successful is by having a more established writer as a mentor. Writing groups can serve the function of a mentor. Let me share an example of the influence a mentor. In 1919 a young veteran returned from World War I. He moved to Chicago moving into a particular neighborhood… Continue reading Encourage Others