How To Master Show, Don’t Tell

Originally posted on K.M. Allan:
Ah, show, don’t tell. One of the most spouted pieces of writing advice, and one of the most confusing. When I first heard of it, I had no idea what it meant. Surely writing that my character “rose from her chair and walked across the room” was showing? Yes?…

Building your author platform

Originally posted on The Cat's Write:
There are some truly wonderful and very comprehensive articles out there that discuss ‘how to build a successful author platform’ and also the many reasons why you should do so ASAP. But I’m just gonna keep it simple for you (and short), because simple and short has worked…

Luxurious Mountain Fall

Fall has been fantastic in Western North Carolina this year. And I love everything about it! I love the sensation of a cool breeze on my skin and the crunch of leaves beneath my feet. I enjoy long walks with my dog and cat ( yes cat) looking up into the boughs of autumnal colored…

How to Ditch Writer’s Guilt and Write Now

Feel guilty about not writing enough, or about abandoning chores to write? You’re not alone. Here’s how to beat writer’s guilt and enjoy writing again. — Read on thewritepractice.com/writers-guilt/ This is my “commitment” selfie. Getting up at the crack of dawn with my coffee and attempting to be productive in my office. OFFICE HAIR DON’T…

My Day Alone

At first glance, this title seems depressing. But when you think about it … it’s pretty awesome! A day alone, especially for a writer is an opportunity for creativity. We live such busy lives with our careers, families, social engagements etc …. When was the last time you had a day or few hours just…

How to Have Healthy Alone Time

How to Have Healthy Alone Time https://makeitultrapsychology.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/how-to-have-healthy-alone-time/ — Read on makeitultrapsychology.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/how-to-have-healthy-alone-time/ This blog shares good strategies and the benefits of grabbing time alone for yourself. It’s hard to do most weeks, but finding even small moments can have big affects. I challenge you all to sneak in some time for yourselves. I’ve got some planned…

Nature Infuses the Writer’s Soul

I hope you all are enjoying your summers, and maybe squeezing in a mini break or two! We have been experiencing daily summer storms here in the mountains which has made for a very green summer. Have any of you got outside to feel all that nature has to offer? Nature is definitely my muse,…

The Dreaded Decade

  I remember when the first month had passed. I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard your laugh or felt one of your loving hugs in thirty days. Unfathomable. Today marks ten years. The dreaded decade mark I can’t believe is here, a decade since our last mother-daughter moment. It seems impossible that I have moved…

Grow Where You are Planted…

Grow Where You Are Planted… Look around you. What blessings and opportunities are you missing? Take hold of the low hanging fruit. Seize this moment you have been given. The past is in the past. The future is yours to mold. Stop complaining about things that are out of your control. Take heed of the…

For the love of dogs

At the advice of my bestie and writing mentor, I am posting a chapter of my memoir that recently won honorable mention in a contest. As with many things in life, we rarely take the time to pat our own back or find it in ourselves to be proud of something we’ve done. I know…

Write Outside-Adventure Edition

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah This past January, I finally had the opportunity to visit my family at their seasonal home in El Pescadero and Todos Santos, Mexico. For nearly 8 years we’d been trying to make this trip happen and something always came…

The Journal Project

This is my birthday week, and to celebrate I’m writing about one of my favorite things- journaling. “ I want to write, but more than that, I want to bring out all kinds of things that lie buried deep in my heart.” ~ Anne Frank Journaling has been a part of my life since I…