Some things I’ve Learned


1. NEVER compare yourself to others – never.

2. It’s ok to be frustrated, but don’t let frustration stop you.

3. It is important to be and stay grounded while attempting to build your career. (Refer to #14)

4. Combat writer’s block by doing other creative things or writing in a different genre

5. Pick a quality author’s blog and become a regular reader, also stock your personal library with books on the craft of writing – be sure to read them! And apply some of what you have learned.

6. Familiarize yourself with some of the tools and options available to you as a writer

7. Take some time to just be still and observe.  Writers are observers, Then they write about what they have observed. An over heard conversation makes its way to your characters’ dialog or a hidden situation is exposed in your letter to the editor.  It all starts with observing.

8. If you look to please everyone, you will never get anything done

9. You must believe in your writing

10. You must read! It’s fundamental 😉

11. Your work will be a labor of love. You don’t have to love it, you might not even like it, but you must respect it.  I once read a short story where I could tell that the author was tired of his protagonist.  We went from her story, and then somehow we were more privy to her married boyfriend’s life, and when you think – hey, wait a minute what happened to the protagonist? A few lines later she does show up (the author knew what we were thinking) only to die from  expired medication or something.  How you feel about your work just may leave its fingerprints on it.

12. You should intentionally build your writing community

13. You should be willing to continue to learn

14. Don’t be a jerk! Contrary to popular belief it is NOT cute.

15. You must Write!

“Until you understand why you write, you’ll have a hard time figuring out who you are as a writer.” ~ JAMES GRIPPANDO

While I was writing the post yesterday on the privilege of writing, I thought back to what I wrote the first time I felt as if I was breaking out of the writer’s block.  I thought it was so important to read again, I went and looked for it so I could share it with you. Thanks for spending these past 30 days with me.  It was wonderful to remember some of the things that I have learned. I hope November treated you well!

I wrote it, and it was terrible, but it was mine.  I created something that is now a part of this world, that was only a part of my mind at this time yesterday.

That is awe inspiring. 

In other words, It’s awesome!

I wrote it, and it was terrible (by many standards perhaps) but it was mine! And I can write again tomorrow and perhaps improve it, just with what I think of today.

Writers, do you know how powerful you are? We have the potential to change the world.  At the very least, the potential to change someone’s world.

I forget sometimes…

Maybe you forget sometimes too.

But we should not forget *hugs*.

Hey, did you know that tomorrow is National Author’s Day? I didn’t.  It even has a hash tag #authorday it was already trending on twitter for a while this morning.


Power of the Pen



About Privilege

In other news – Writing Day 29 -So, not an easy post, but a necessary one.  Earlier this month,  I saw the raw video of this incident on the FB page of an acquaintance.
I was hurt, and then angry.
“End of discussion”. The employee didn’t even feel the need to explain his logic. It was  a given. Without anything but their skin color, these boys were pegged as potential thieves. Let’s just be honest, many people will never know what it is like to experience this, and it is probably not something you will ever think about for more than a moment if you’re never personally faced with such a situation.  I have a feeling if it were not caught on tape, we would never know about it. Sometimes privilege or lack thereof  is based on our skin color. writingprivilege

Waring: the video has some strong language. Do you remember the 2009 movie Up in the Air? It hit a cord with so many people when it came out.  It was the most popular movie in the country for many weeks.  Not because of George Clooney, but because so many people could relate to having been laid off. Many of the people featured were not actors, but relaying their own experiences of having had to lay people off, or having been laid off.  There was a second story line about unrequited love, but I have a feeling that the movie was more popular because of the job loss theme. privilege
Around this time I used to read the blog of a young lady  who was so excited to see the movie, that she hosted a movie night at her house. When she posted to her blog again, she was upset. What in the world were people talking about? This movie wasn’t good, it didn’t even make any sense. And because most of her friends had similar upbringings and backgrounds, they thought the same.  It never dawned on her, that she was missing an experience that would have clued her in. One of the readers of the blog (and I imagine her to be an older woman with beautiful gray hair) just gently replied, “You don’t understand it, because you’ve never had to live it.”
Sometimes,  privilege is in how we’ve grown up.  The education we have been given and the communities we have been a part of. Many times, we don’t even realize the privilege we have.  It is just life to us.  It is ours. Then we see someone who has so much less.  Someone who never even had the opportunity to not know what poverty is like. And at times we find it difficult to relate, unless we have a memory to draw on.

privilageWe as writers in America have privileges that we don’t even consider to be privileges.  Some privileges we treat as if they were our rights.
Some people tattoo targets on their bodies with every word that they write, and they are willing to die for their words.  Die for what they believe in.
Yet we just put words out there willy-nilly – it is our right. There are thousands of blogs and websites giving a platform to people saying exactly what they want, whenever they want.  When I realize that I couldn’t keep my devotional blog in many places in the world, it is difficult to comprehend.  I could die for the things I share there. It makes believing in what I write that much more important. I don’t think I really understand the gravity of it all.  It can be difficult for us to understand because we’ve never had to live it.  Yet we should not forget that our fellow writers, authors and novelists in other parts of the world break the law when they write their truth.  Let’s not forget about this privilege that we have in writing our truth.

You’ve got some nerve

nerveIn other news- Writing Day 28 post 2-And it is a good thing, because you have to have a bit of nerve to put your heart or your head out onto a document for others to go through with a fine tooth comb… if you are lucky.  Most people don’t have time or energy or manners, but we’ll write until you pay attention.

Write until your thoughts are so loud, you can’t be ignored.

P.S. Can you believe we have made it to day 28 guys?  Wow, you’re awesome, we’re awesome! We’re Writers!