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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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My Writing Habit and The Coffee House

Where I Write I’m doing my morning writing at one of my favorite Starbucks. This one is next to the Barnes and Nobles on Preston Road just south of Park in Plano, Texas. I write here most mornings. The photo is of my writing-table. I usually sit at the same table each morning. From left… Continue reading My Writing Habit and The Coffee House

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Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Dreams

Have I mentioned I’m writing my fourth novel?  Oh, I know, everyone is either writing a novel, plans to write a novel or has the next great story idea.  So, with that in mind, I’ll start over. Writing My Fourth Novel Did I mention I am writing a novel? Yes, I am. While I’ve published… Continue reading Don’t Let Anyone Steal Your Dreams

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