Hallelujah Anyway

I”m reading author Anne Lamott’s book “Hallelujah Anyway” where she writes about rediscovering mercy. I’m using author Jim Kwik’s technique of reading 20 pages everyday. I like her humor and human approach to writing. Of course the book is filled with stunning ah-ha moments. You can see Anne’s Ted Talk here https://www.ted.com/speakers/anne_lamott. You can joinContinue reading “Hallelujah Anyway”

How To Write Your First Book

Stephanie Newell is the author of “How To Write Your First Book: A Blueprint For Fiction & Non-Fiction Writers.” Her book is a good road map for first time writers. She simply states facts and tips about writing, self-publishing, marketing and launching your first book and much more. As you probably already know, writing aContinue reading “How To Write Your First Book”

The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET)

On Monday, May 10, 2021 I joined a five-day virtual training program through The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training. The training was geared towards entrepreneurs and as you know, writing a book is a business. This five-day training program was intense and constructive. It was facilitated by CEO and President David Daly and Founder and ExecutiveContinue reading “The Center for Micro-Entrepreneurial Training (CMET)”

Inspiration

There are times I just need to find some inspiration to keep me going, to keep writing. I decided to take time out and watch the Soul movie by Disney. Besides this movie being fantastically made with exceptional actors and awesome jazz (I play the soundtrack on Spotify), the movie was just what I needed.Continue reading “Inspiration”

Idea-to-Outline

I’ve taken the necessary steps to get a coach. I made an appointment with KN Literary Arts (http://knliterary.com) for a free fifteen minute consultation. I am signing a contract for coaching on “Idea-to-Outline.” The outline is the roadmap to writing my memoir and I need guidance in this area. I’m still moving forward with workingContinue reading “Idea-to-Outline”

Book Proposal

Here I am on the threshold of writing my book proposal. With the guidance of Hay House CEO Reid Tracy and KN Literary Arts founder Kelly Notaras (http://www.knliterary.com) through the Hay House Writer’s Community. I am reading through the steps right now. I am trying my best not to get overwhelmed by this process. TheContinue reading “Book Proposal”

Getting Comfortable

I’m getting comfortable with my writing routine. Poets & Writers http://www.pw.org Here you can get a weekly dose of writing prompts and recommended books on writing. Poetry Prompt In the introduction to an issue of Ploughshares edited by the late poet Jean Valentine, who died in December, she says: “My dreams were very important to me rightContinue reading “Getting Comfortable”

Octavia Butler

Recently I read an article about author Octavia Butler and where she grew up. The digital article was interactive. Unfortunately, I didn’t save the article and cannot give credit to the woman who wrote it. But, I appreciate the writer taking the time to research and compile the article. I now have a renew interestContinue reading “Octavia Butler”

Moving and Writing

On November 20th, 2020 I closed on my new home in Leesburg Florida. The journey was complicated, financially straining, emotionally wired and physically daunting but, here I am! The photo above shows my new back yard. This view alone, drew me to the home. I thought NOW I can sit, write and read. It isContinue reading “Moving and Writing”