The following work of flash fiction has been submitted to the “81 Words Challenge.” If you’d like to try your hand at telling an epic tale in just 81 words, click here. The End From my first breath I’ve dreamed of writing. My parents devoured books, and as […]Read more "Flash Fiction Friday – “The End”"
“Don’t count every second – make every second count.” – Unknown “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford Unless you’re fortunate enough to be earning a full-time salary for your writing, you most likely squeeze your writing into an air-tight schedule. If you fall […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Making Every Second Count"
A new beginning The page is blank, awaiting words that do not come. – Anonymous Most writers recognize that Japanese Haiku poetry is beautiful in its simplicity of structure and complexity of meaning, but can writing Haiku make us better at what we do? This year the first thing I had my […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – 3 Reasons To Try Haiku"
Trains have always symbolized our life’s journey in my mind – our pursuit of new destinations, powered by our dreams and hard work. In honor of National Poetry Month, I’ve packaged this sentiment into an original Haiku poem… Trains Racing toward its goals, Arrive – a glimpse of glory – Rushing, breathless…………………gone. […]Read more "T – Trains: A Haiku"
All writers use adjectives on a regular basis, but few take time to select the true “Renaissance Men” of adjectives. It is unfortunate that one could put more time and thought into selecting his drink at Starbucks than into selecting the most powerful adjectives and still call himself a writer, but this is a […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Becoming an Adjective Connoisseur"
Hands shaking, you open the envelope from the publishing company, only to find the dreaded rejection letter. Again. Holding your breath, you glance at the comments from the judge at the Writing Competition, and stare in disbelief at their scathing review. You poured your soul into this story, and now it’s left gasping for […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Getting a Second Opinion"
While established writers may have more relaxed schedules, beginners typically have to balance several other jobs to pay the bills while maintaining a regular writing routine. The result? Utter exhaustion, and perhaps even burnout. If this describes you, know that you’re not alone! I currently work four jobs (not including writing), and I’ll admit that […]Read more "Writer’s Wednesday – Managing Your High Energy Schedule"
“He who toils in the harvest field of prayer should occasionally pause awhile and refresh himself with a meal of meditation.” Charles Spurgeon We’ve closed the book on the April 2015 A to Z Challenge, and today is dedicated to reflecting on the journey. This has been a hectic month which has brought […]Read more "Reflections on… Reflection"
“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” During college, I volunteered to earn extra money by working in the library during Christmas break. No one was on campus, and the entire building was absolutely deserted. To pass the […]Read more "L: Three Powerful Symbols in “The Lord of the Rings”"
“Lucy woke out of the deepest sleep you can imagine, with the feeling that the voice she liked best in the world had been calling her name.” C.S. Lewis – Chronicles of Narnia For generations, children and adults alike have dreamed of walking through an enchanted wardrobe and finding themselves in the magical land of […]Read more "C: “Chronicles of Narnia” and the Magic of Childlike Wonder"