The Writing Life Category

The false promise of perfection

One of the biggest obstacles for many writers to overcome is the expectation that their writing be perfect. Perfection is a fool’s game. a false promise in our own psyches upheld by an unrealistic and non-writing public. It is the unicorn. The unreachable fantasy. And yet, so many writers strive for perfection before submitting any […]

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Have a purpose

Why are you writing THAT story? Why did you choose THAT style? Why should readers care about THIS subject? These are questions that all writers must answer if we want editors to publish us and others to read our words. Our stories and writings must have purpose. Purpose means understanding why you are writing that […]

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The lost art of fun

When’s the last time you had fun? What is your definition of fun? If you’re my mom, your definition of fun includes cleaning the house, which is just messed up beyond all get-out. Cleaning is not fun. Necessary, sure. Satisfying to some? Okay. Fun? No. Not in any universe. Mom also likes Sudoku, which qualifies […]

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Join me for an Advanced Memoir Workshop this January!

Fellow writers! If you are working on a memoir-in-progress and want some feedback as well as some inspiration, please consider joining me for an Advanced Memoir Workshop this January in New Jersey. I know, the Jersey Shore in JANUARY?! Yes. The Stockton Seaview Inn is beautiful, spacious, and warm with terrific service and good food. […]

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Words don’t bleed; cut them

Tap, tap, tap. Click, click. {Save as: My Brilliant Masterpiece in Progress}. Print. Hold. Beam. {Send to: Writing Group That Keeps Me in Check}. Wait. Fret. Wait. Phone notification: {re: My Brilliant Masterpiece in Progress.}. Open. Read. Frown. ——————————————————————— If this writing/sharing/response process rings true (and you know who you are), then you are a […]

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Pay yourself first

When you work for yourself, it is vital to pay yourself first – with money. When the money comes in, it flows to you (to your savings account, your investment account, your retirement account) first. Before the bills claim anything, you must pay yourself first. Freelancers, take note. Pay yourself first even if it means […]

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The moment(s) to celebrate

When you write to publish, the impulse might be to celebrate the moment of publication. That’s certainly the moment your family and friends celebrate because they can SEE your writing in print or online. Tangible evidence that all those months of mysteriousnous when you said you were “working” finally has something to show for it. […]

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Write a killer job application letter

Job letters – or the cover letters attached to your resume or CV – are your first impression with a potential employer. If it isn’t clear, specific, and well-written (read that – no spelling, punctuation, or other sentence-level mistakes), you won’t get a call. In fact, if the letter doesn’t kill the employer’s doubt, she […]

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