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Relationships & Energy: Look for a Charge, Not a Drain

Filed in Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on June 8, 2011 0 Comments • views: 491
Relationships & Energy: Look for a Charge, Not a Drain

I was fortunate enough to talk with three people today who were full of energy and passion for what they do in life. I love talking to people like that, because they charge me up. I feel like a new battery just out of the package and go after my own projects with twice the […]

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Go Within, Young Man

Filed in The Inner Life, The Writing Life, Your Purpose as a Writer by on June 3, 2011 0 Comments • views: 426
Go Within, Young Man

At the risk of sounding ignorant, I’m going to admit something here: I’ve never read Letters to a Young Poet by Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. I’ve heard of it, of course, but never read it. Maybe my teachers were negligent in school. Maybe for whatever reason it just hasn’t hit my reading radar. It […]

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The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on June 1, 2011 0 Comments • views: 466
The Waiting is the Hardest Part

What Tom Petty said was true—waiting is hard. And sometimes life can seem like one big long line. Waiting for Mr. or Mrs. Right. Waiting for your ship to come in, your dreams to come true, or your luck to turn around. If you’ve started down a new road, you may be waiting to see […]

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Follow the Inner Voice Or Not? The Power of Choice

Filed in The Writing Life, When Writing Is Hard by on May 27, 2011 0 Comments • views: 461
Follow the Inner Voice Or Not? The Power of Choice

I really admire the writing of Bill Kenower, Editor-in-Chief of “Author” online magazine, a product of the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association. He posts a daily blog and I’m always amazed at his ability to write so profoundly on such a demanding schedule. In one of his recent blogs entitled “Born This Way,” Kenower talks about […]

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Tunnel Vision Can Keep You Unemployed

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on May 23, 2011 2 Comments • views: 619
Tunnel Vision Can Keep You Unemployed

I heard a disturbing news story a few days ago. It told about how people who have been without a job for six months to a year are coming up against a new kind of employee discrimination—against the unemployed. Employer thinking apparently goes something like this: “What? It’s been that long and you haven’t found […]

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5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on May 20, 2011 0 Comments • views: 385
5 Sacrifices You May Have to Make When Following Your Inner Voice

Let’s face it—following your inner voice doesn’t always translate immediately into joy and bliss. A lot of times it can make you feel downright uncomfortable. Taking action to pursue your calling will help you find meaning in life and bring you a deep sense of satisfaction, but it’s also likely to cause you some anxiety […]

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Check With Your Inner Voice Before Marriage

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, Who Supports Your Writing Dreams? by on May 16, 2011 0 Comments • views: 434
Check With Your Inner Voice Before Marriage

Why do people get married? Our current divorce rate of about 50 percent in the United States predicts that one out of every two marriages will end in divorce. So what makes one couple think they can beat the odds? What makes them want to try? Asking yourself these questions before marriage may help increase […]

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Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Inner Life by on May 13, 2011 0 Comments • views: 575
Channel Your Inner Wild Cat

The new movie African Cats, released a few weeks ago on Earth Day, follows the story of two families struggling to survive on the African savannah—one, an aged mother lion named Layla and her daughter; and two, a strong mother cheetah and her five cubs. There’s a lot to commend about this movie, mostly the […]

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All That Matters is Doing the Work

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, The Writing Life by on May 11, 2011 0 Comments • views: 374
All That Matters is Doing the Work

Today was a good day. Why? Because after a couple days of being away, I spent two hours working on my novel. I had to travel over the weekend. The pace and requirements of my schedule made it near impossible to focus on writing, and during the few hours that I could manage it, I […]

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The Secret Saboteur That’s Stalling Your Success

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice by on May 9, 2011 0 Comments • views: 486
The Secret Saboteur That’s Stalling Your Success

If you’re like most of us, you have a naysayer in your head. You know the one—he’s always making you say things like “I just don’t have time,” and “I’m not very good at that,” and “That would never work,” and “I just don’t know how.” You’ve heard about him before. Yes, he tears down […]

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Whatever It Is, It Shapes You

Filed in Finding & Following Your Voice, When Writing Is Hard by on May 6, 2011 0 Comments • views: 562
Whatever It Is, It Shapes You

I hear people all the time say the words, “I can’t.” I can’t leave my job right now, because I have too many bills. I can’t change my relationship, because he/she just won’t change anyway, and I can’t leave, because, well, we’ve been together too long and there are the kids to consider. I can’t […]

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The Back Door to the Inner Voice of Confidence

Filed in When Writing Is Hard by on May 4, 2011 2 Comments • views: 696
The Back Door to the Inner Voice of Confidence

I just finished a performance tonight at an awards concert. I accompanied my French horn student, who was the winner of a scholarship competition. I was a little nervous, as it’s been a long time since I’ve played on stage. I’ve been a musician for decades, soloing in high school and college and leading the […]

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