When Writing Is Hard

Success is Impossible if You Can’t Bear Failure

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on March 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 556
Success is Impossible if You Can’t Bear Failure

In a recent issue of The Writer (April 2011, Moira Allen), I came upon this quote: “Success will become impossible if you cannot bear failure.” Most of us don’t like to think about failure—especially when we’re talking about dreams and goals that mean a lot to us in life. We like to imagine ourselves winning […]

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5 Ways We Get In Our Own Way

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5 Ways We Get In Our Own Way

Part of taking responsibility for our own lives involves figuring out where and how we get in the way of our own progress. Seeing ourselves objectively, however, is something most of us find extremely difficult. We can go on about all the missteps of those around us—how a sister drinks too much, a friend is […]

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3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on February 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 595
3 Distractions That Can Drown Out Your Inner Voice

We all have them—distractions that keep us from listening to our own inner voices. They include the ones we might suspect—drugs, alcohol, sex, and television. But distractions can come in other forms not so readily noticeable. Sometimes we can really fool ourselves into thinking we’re being productive, when really we’ve just found another way to […]

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Even a King Can Struggle to Find His Own Voice

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Even a King Can Struggle to Find His Own Voice

Back in the late 1930s and early ’40s, King George the VI of England had to be the voice of the nation through the dark days of World War II, and he had to do it via various speeches delivered over the new “wireless”—what radio was called in those days. The whole idea of a […]

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Voice of Violence?

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on December 16, 2010 0 Comments • views: 333
Voice of Violence?

I was just as shocked as anyone to see the news story on the shooting at the Panama City, Florida school board meeting yesterday, December 14th. If you didn’t catch the story, a disgruntled ex-convict named Clay Duke attended the meeting where the board was discussing typical school-board business. He listened for awhile, then walked […]

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A Former President Hears His Own Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on December 14, 2010 0 Comments • views: 346
A Former President Hears His Own Voice

I’m a fan of the show 24. It makes for great motivation while I’m working out. With all that action going on the screen you can’t help but run faster. Actor Gregory Itzin plays American President Charles Logan in season 5 and 6. He received an Emmy nomination for his outstanding performance. Unfortunately his character […]

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