Motivation


I’m not even going to try to use horseback riding metaphors in an attempt to paint a picture of me constantly being bucked off my calendar when it comes to writing. But, I will point out that recently writing has mirrored the struggle of keeping my shoes tied. Have you ever had a day when your shoestrings repeatedly came loose, slapping the pavement and threatening to end you in a face plant? Having the kids at home in the...

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Auto-: a combining form meaning “self,” “same,” “spontaneous,” used in the formation of compound words. Biography: a written account of another person’s life. Have you ever considered writing an autobiography? I would argue that my life isn’t interesting enough or that trying to pen all the thoughts in my head might cause a paper shortage. I don’t even read autobiographies. In the back of my mind,...

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We love putting our characters smack-dab in the middle of a fork in the road. When they struggle with deciding between right and wrong, it makes them relatable. There’s something about this type of moral dilemma that compels readers to race from chapter to chapter. We root for our hero to choose the high road or for our heroine to save the day; we’re yanked down the rabbit hole with them when they get sidetracked. The gray...

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I’ve been all talk these first few weeks of 2016. I was hoping the motivational jargon coming out of my mouth would inspire written words. Alas, I’ve only allowed myself to be distracted and aloof. I’m ’bout to get my rear in gear, and cannonball into my writing. The writing waters are cold, and I know because I’ve hesitantly dipped my toes in the shallow end of the pool the first few weeks of January....

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Passion is something that we all want in our lives. The word passion makes me think of thrilling and exhilarating things, like rollercoasters (I’m addicted and would ride them over and over if they’d let me) and first kisses. Passion isn’t bad, but it’s proven to be fleeting.  So, why would I want passion if it doesn’t last forever? When we have passion for something or someone it compels us to pass...

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The new year is here and no matter how hard we try we can’t go back. I’m resolved to step away from Netflix and its holiday haze, and plan to step into a year of action: creative, physical, and spiritual action! Some of us *points finger at self* have set lofty goals for 2016. I do it every year and subconsciously make the same mistakes. Whether it’s the number of words I plan to write or the number of novels...

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