The Wryters' Block

Shaping, Designing, Sculpting Words

Measure of Success

secret to getting aheadI’ve been reading lots lately about the measure of success. However, when it comes to writing, I have changed my mind about what constitutes success. Normally, I’d say the attainment of success means that I have achieved a desired goal or outcome. But when it comes to writing, success varies on a day-to-day basis. Some days suc Continue reading

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April 12, 2014 Posted by | Blogging, Books, Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Care

Star pencil

Teacher: Who is the most important person in this room? (The students all look at each other.)

Teacher: You are. (The teacher’s eyes scan the room.)

Teacher: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Believe in yourself. You can do and be anything you want, but it’s got to live in your heart – your dream. And right here in this very room sit businessmen, real estate agents, actors, doctors, lawyers, rappers, singers, whatever your heart desires . . .

Teacher: (The teacher goes to the board and draws space, includes the moon and stars.) To me, you’re like an arrow – swift and strong and straight. If your dream burns in your heart, you shoot toward the stars; your eye, on your goal. But if you detour Continue reading

March 3, 2013 Posted by | Education | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Year Resolutions

Pink/Purple Car Icon

My foot pressed the accelerator. The vehicle lurched forward, gained speed. I zigzagged from one lane to the next, whipped past cars that crept at a snail’s pace.

Why is it that when you’re in a hurry, cars pile up on the highway, or else you trail a car crawling at 5 miles an hour?

Red light.

Forced to stop, I took deep breaths, willed myself to stay calm. Sure, I had seven minutes to get to work. It would be okay, I told myself. “Relax. “Take a deep breath.”

Then I remembered my cousin’s words. “I got stopped twice in the same day by the same patrolman. Continue reading

January 9, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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