Diligence, Doggedness, and even Spunk: Yes to Persevere!

I have been going through a bit of the doldrums recently regarding my Writing. This has been my modus operandi over the last 40 years. Get halfway through a novel and then get bogged down, lose the story thread, feel like the story isn't going anywhere, and worse of all -- make myself believe that my writing is Crap. "What?" I didn't have to ask who as her voice penetrated my head like a … [Read more...]

Writing is Easy… Just Open a Vein

I know all of you think I am so self-confident (or at least I let my ego run wild at times) that I have no insecurities. Well just ask my wife or my Muse, Willow. They live with me and know differently. I know it is hard to believe, but I am constantly wondering. Am I good enough? Am I wasting my time? Well I found the perfect group for me. It is called the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, with … [Read more...]

Why Change the Title of the Blog

First off, in case you noticed (or maybe you didn't), I changed the title of my Blog. It was fun when I started with Beware Readers! Writing in Training!, but after almost six months I thought I needed something more permanent and something that better encompassed me. So why It Is What It Is! ? This is a statement I make a lot. In fact I probably say this phrase more than any other. I know what … [Read more...]

“I’m totally crazy, I know that.”

I'm totally crazy, I know that. I don't say that to be a smartass, but I know that that's the very essence of what makes my work good. And I know my work is good. Not everybody likes it, that's fine. I don't do it for everybody. Or anybody. I do it because I can't not do it.  ~Maurice Sendak  Maurice Sendak died this last week. He was the author of the Where the Wild Things Are series. And it … [Read more...]

Why Can’t We All Get Along?

What a battle I have had this last week. My Muse and Internal Editor (IE) have been battling it out all week. I have been working on Lesson 2 in my class this last week (more information to come on this in the next Post) and have had some real difficulties. So I wanted to talk about this issue for a minute as it appears it is going to be an ongoing issue throughout the entire course, so you might … [Read more...]

Obstacles – Muse and Editor

Alrighty-Ro (I was just thinking of the Jetsons' dog Astro as I was writing that), we are off-and-running. So I finished the first class and I can tell already this isn't going to be just any ordinary writing course. As the title says the first class was all about obstacles. As it turns out there are things I have been doing for the last 40 years that have thrown up obstacles in my ability to … [Read more...]

So It Starts!

I am going to be a Writer -- so beware all you unsuspecting Readers. Well, at least that is the plan. Ever since I was a teenager I wanted to be a Writer. To see my name on the cover of a book (actually several books)! Over the last mumble-mumble years I have started no less than five books. I only finished one and didn't like that very much. I tried some short stories, but that just doesn't … [Read more...]

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