Writing Is Easy–Until It’s Hard

Writing looks easy. We all learn to write essays about what I did this summer at an early age. And writing is easy–until it’s hard. The hard work comes when you desire to create a compelling story. This is the story of one way to learn to create a compelling story. Many people instruct wanna-be-writers to read-read-read and write-write-write. That’s good advice, but it doesn’t go anywhere near far enough. One must also study-study-study the craft. Every writer starts at a different place in their skill levels. So it’s counterproductive to dictate that all writers must start here or there. All the steps are necessary. Only you can decide how deeply you must dive into the learning and in what order you need to learn these skills. This is the story of how I went about learning to write and publish my book. I share my story in the hopes that someone might find some guidance and inspiration in my story. As with most writers, I loved to read from the get-go. I don’t know when I started reading. Books and stories were as necessary to me as the air that we breathe. I wrote stories in a journal. I […]

Are you waiting for your destiny to be fulfilled? Take these 7 determined steps to destiny. Make your success happen.

7 Determined Steps to Destiny

Are you waiting for your destiny to be fulfilled? According to Meriam-Webster destiny is “a predetermined course of events often held to be an irresistible power or agency.” To believe in destiny is a powerful and romantic thing. But success based on destiny is rare. Perhaps it is your misbelief in destiny that holds you back. Don’t take that to mean that you’re destined to fail. March right up to your dream of success with these 7 determined steps to destiny. Make your success happen. How do you do that? There are all kinds of articles with all kinds of lists of things to do that will make you successful. I’ve boiled them down to the 7 determined steps to your destiny. Match Your Why with Your What Your why is important. It’s unique to you. Out of your past experiences, there is an emotion or an event that is significant to you. It’s what makes you feel authentic and complete. Let your why guide you. You may not be able to work the job of your dreams, the one that most aligns with your why, right this minute. That’s okay. You can take baby steps and still get there. […]

August in Review

August wasn’t like any other August I’ve experienced. We’ve had mild and wet weather in Kansas. There was the spectacular solar eclipse, a visiting writer, a wet basement—twice, and a family crisis. Goals were met and goals were . . . not met. Writing Goals Get at least half-way through Act 3. NOT MET *Sigh* I wrote 3 of 5 chapters. I fixed a big timeline issue which took a ridiculous amount of time. Write 4 new blog posts. MET Send out reader questionnaires for a new blog series I’d like to do. MET though I would love to get more completed questionnaires. House Goals Finish the exercise room. NOT MET Get estimates for repairs to the house. MET Finish the bathroom project. NOT MET Day Job Keep the number of times I must use a day off to complete those hours to just two days. MET Other Goals Research, Learning, Reading – ONGOING Continue researching book promotion. MET Continue listening to podcasts when I’m able. MET Choose a new fiction book and begin reading. READING View the solar eclipse, Monday, August 21. AWESOME EXPERIENCE – MET Attend the Seven Deadly First-Page Sins by Tex Thompson on August 21. ENTERTAINING […]