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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


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

I Love Writing!

I love words and writing! I want my words to stir someone’s emotions. Ever since I was an elementary school student,

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words, to me, were magical. What is it Continue reading

November 22, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , | Leave a comment



No one ever said writing was easy.

I’ve written the lightning draft of a novel. I know what I need to do – reread, edit, cut, revise . . ., but my fingers refuse to work, and I swear, my brain is not cooperating.

How do you overcome the hardest part of writing for you?

July 28, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , , , | 3 Comments

Writers Are Weird

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Perhaps to a non-writer, writers appear weird. We writers tend to have unusual habits that others may even call loony. See my checklist below to see if you share any of my writing nuances.

I . . .

  1. Wake up in the middle of the night, thinking about my characters.
  2. Climb out of bed to jot down an idea, lest I forget by morning.
  3. Have happy fingers that long to touch the keyboard as soon as I wake.
  4. Talk to characters.
  5. Hear characters talk in my head.
  6. Through conversations, allow characters Continue reading

June 22, 2013 Posted by | Life, Writing | , , , | 10 Comments

Unblocking Writer’s Block

The discouraged Nenene suffering from writer's...

Help! Writer’s Block strikes again!

Okay, so I’ve been fighting writer’s block for quite a while. It’s no fun. It’s boring, defeating, dreadful, terrible, irksome, miserable. Need I continue?

To me, it’s like being a trapeze artist, only when you swing out to reach your partner’s hands, you miscalculated and hit dead air.

Close-up of Theaker von Ziarno, trapeze artist...

It’s being a student in writing class; the assignment, write a 5-paragraph essay; only there’s ten minutes left, and you haven’t begun.

It’s comparable to sitting in Math class with a two-page trigonometry test, but you haven’t any clue as to how to work the problems.

What is writer’s block? It’s having a strong desire to write, but words won’t flow; Continue reading

March 2, 2013 Posted by | Writing | , , | 1 Comment

New Year Resolutions

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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

Dreaded Writer’s Block


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Writer’s Block – what do you do when it strikes?
For weeks now, I’ve been plagued by writer’s block. You know, when thoughts won’t come; when fingers stall at the keyboard; when minds draw a blank; when scenes for your book escape you; when you pull out your hair because you don’t know what to write… What does one do when writer’s block strikes?
In an interview, Nora Roberts said she found the idea of writer’s block baffling. She has more ideas for writing than she could ever possibly write.
Halfway through The Rescue, Nicholas Sparks suffered writer’s block. The Rescue was his first novel to debut at #1 on the New York Times best-seller List.
Toni Morrison, author of Beloved, says in an interview that she disavowed that term. Even though it took years to write Beloved and there were years when she didn’t get a single word down, she was still at work.
5 ways to overcome:
1. Pack your bags. Go on vacation. There’s nothing that a good rest won’t cure.
2. Watch a good movie. See how writing comes alive on the big screen.
3. Take a walk. The fresh air will work wonders.
4. Throw a cook-out. Invite all your friends over. Good laughter will free the mind.
5. Listen to the radio. Music can inspire the soul.
If you’ve tried all of the above, I’d say you really have a bad case of dreaded writer’s block. Rest for a few days and pray that you will overcome the dilemma!



September 26, 2012 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Writer Essentials

English: penulis = writer

These 10 important essentials serve as a base/starting point for any writer. Not a definitive list, please feel free to add an important item.
1. Thick Skin
Sometimes along with approvals and acceptance, a writer must accept criticism, disapproval, and rejection.
2. Support
A writer needs someone who supports and encourages. Without support, a writer may feel discouraged.
3. Drive and Determination
It takes stamina and hard work to complete a book-length work. If it were an easy task, every person would be an author.
4. Appealing Voice
A writer needs an interesting, engaging voice to connect with readers. In due season, a writer will find an audience.
5. Strong Work Ethics
A writer should strive to write nearly every day. (In a recent interview best-selling author Nora Roberts revealed that she writes 6 – 8 hours a day.) Make writing a priority by scheduling times to write. Be prepared to edit work, as the more a writer reconstructs and practices, the better writer one can become.
6. Confidence
A writer should have confidence. If you believe you can achieve your writing goals, you’re on the road to success.
7. Network of Writers
A writer needs to network with other writers. As a group/team, writers can share ideas and tips, offer suggestions, serve as a sounding-board. No one knows what being a writer entails than another fellow writer.
8. Boldness
A writer needs to possess a certain boldness, to not be afraid to voice thoughts or opinions. Remember, no one will agree with you always 100%.
9. Dictionary and Thesaurus
Just as in any other profession, a writer needs tools – literary tools. Two of the most important are a dictionary and thesaurus to discover word meanings, use words correctly, and make writing improvements.
10. Creative Mind
It takes a creative mind in action to create dramas, comics, mysteries, characters, scenes, plots… A writer possesses a “special eye” to envision the imaginary.
Can you think of another essential item every writer needs?

September 24, 2012 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Under the Microscope

“I, to commit murder?”

So began the first line of a short story I wrote as a teenager in high school.

With confidence, I let one of my friends read the story.

He gasped, “That’s what you want to happen!”

“No,” I tried to explain to him. “That’s not what I want to happen. It’s just writing. I’m using my imagination.”

Are you like him in thinking that a writer’s life is buried between the pages?

My sisters and I debate the issue all the time. One of them assures me that everything written says something about the author.

Stephen King, American author best known for h...

So are you really trying to tell me that Stephen King desires to be trapped in one of his gruesome horrors? Continue reading

September 22, 2012 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cookies, Anyone?

When writers write, pieces of truth or tidbits of facts from their lives spill onto the canvas, the written page.

English: a Oreo cookie broken in half with a s...

When my oldest son, the perfect baby, was nine months old, he learned to drink milk from a cup. But every night along with his cup filled with milk, he expected a cookie. Any kind of cookie would do – Vanilla wafer, Oreo, Sugar cookie, Coconut Macaroon…From those facts, I penned a scene (published in Perfect Love, my first novel) in which one of the main characters, Will, tells his daughter Breanna a bedtime story.
Once upon a time,” Will began, “there lived the most beautiful girl in the whole wide world. She had the most beautiful mom of all the other moms. Her dad wasn’t really that handsome, but he had this great, great love for his daughter. Every night before his daughter crept into bed, she had to have cookies and milk to help her fall asleep. It didn’t matter if it was a Oreo, Vanilla wafers, or any other kind, as long as it was a cookie.”
He continued, “On one particular night at her bedtime, her poor old father didn’t have a single cookie in the cupboard to give to his darling daughter. In fact, there was not a single cookie or cookie crumb anywhere in their entire house.The beautiful girl cried and cried and could not be comforted. Continue reading

September 17, 2012 Posted by | Writing | , , , , , | Leave a comment



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