A New Years Commitment: 50 Books in a Year

As a writer, I try to read as much as I can. Yea, I read children’s books, (multiple a day actually), since I have a four-year-old with an obsession to learn everything out there about ocean life that we can get our hands on, (if the book is about sharks or whales, you get bonus…

What Makes a Good Story? Let’s Ask Ernie!

What can we possibly learn from Hemingway? A whole, hell of a lot! Maybe you haven’t read him since high school, (and back then it was a tad unrelatible). Maybe you just read one of his works, (try The Old Man and the Sea first). I believe he is incredible. Today, I was thinking what…

Writing Advice from Benjamin Franklin? Absolutely!

Simply put, everyone, (whether they are a creative or not), knows who Benjamin Franklin was and how he contributed to society. Surprisingly after this holiday week, (if you live in the States of course), I was lacking inspiration myself. I searched the internet trying to look for a quote that would possibly get the wheels…

What Do You Have to Say?

Just as the title implies, what do you have to put out into the world? Do you have a story? If so, spill it. “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” –F. Scott Fitzgerald If you have a passion, no matter what it is, write…

Natalie Goldberg on “Freeing the Writer Within”

One of the first books I was assigned to read in my first writing class was Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. I knew about the book prior to the term starting and thought I would just get a jump start on the reading material. The moment this book touched my…

Inspiration Comes at All Hours

“I don’t need an alarm clock. My ideas wake me.” —Ray Bradbury   Today’s quote not only rings true to writers, but all creatives. Creatives don’t need alarm clocks! We have ideas… That’s if we’re not up into the wee hours of the morning spilling our guts onto paper or working that canvas, (OK… we…

Quote o’ the Day

Hey, everyone. The Quote of the Day is coming from Edgar Degas. If you have no idea who Edgar Degas is, he is a actually not a writer, but a wonderful artist, (he painted wonderful works that captured the human body, usually in motion or in different positions, like ballerinas). Find more about him and…

Quote of the Day

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly. – C. J. Cherryh   I absolutely love this quote. In my daily writing practice, I grab a piece of notebook paper, a pen, and vomit my thoughts out on paper for ten straight minutes, constantly keeping my hand in motion until the…

Discouragement: We All Feel It

Happy Friday, everyone, (that’s if you actually don’t have to work the weekends because otherwise it doesn’t really matter)! Kind of backtracking from the “Happy Friday” feel, I wanted to talk today about discouragement. As creatives, we all feel discouraged at times. Even if we have succeeded before, (i.e. our sculpture displayed in a museum…

Quote o’ the Day

Hey, people. Life got busy yesterday, (OK, maybe I did just forget to post). Sorry about that. Looking for a late night quickie quote to inspire you, (nah, not that type of quickie, so get your head out of the gutter)? Check out this one from Stephen King. “Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but…