• Advice
    Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    Alphabetical Advice

    In the spirit of the new school year, I thought I would do something a little different. Everyone, writers and authors alike, need a little encouragement from time to time and I thought I would provide you with it alphabetically!! so here goes… Advice Have you ever sat at a computer and researched a topic, written all the words; or tried to discover the perfect system for your situation until your eyeballs want to fall out of your head? I’m sure we all have, but you don’t want to bring others into your problems? Perhaps you’re like me and hate asking for help, or you feel you could do it…

  • Inspirational,  Journal,  Writing

    What It Takes to Be a Hero

    The word hero means many things to many people. When we were children a hero could have been those you saw on television with supernatural power (or really cool gadgets). Always saving the day, they encourage us to strive to be better than we are. But what about real heroes? If you had to give the meaning or example of a hero without using a fictional character. What/who would you say is an example? Image by Imagine_Images from Pixabay The Difference Between a Hero and a Champion These two words are most often used interchangeably, but I’ve found that there is a very real difference to them. A champion is…

  • Inspirational,  Journal

    Joy

    Joy happens whenever we are even remotely happy. The difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is the emotional elevation of delight over time, while joy is happiness you feel in the moment. A little more on the word Joy: WIKI A feeling of extreme happiness or cheerfulness, especially related to the acquisition or expectation of something good. Anything that causes such a feeling. Luck or success; a positive outcome. The sign or exhibition of joy; gaiety; merriment; festivity. Dictionary. com The emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation A source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or…

  • Tools for Writers
    Journal,  Writing

    Tools for Writers

    In the field of writing, there are so many tools out there for you to choose from. One could get lost in the sea of information, systems, and apps that are available to help those aspiring to write, edit, research and more. As you journey on this path to becoming a great author, you will try all the things to get down a system for yourself. Writing programs, apps, the dreaded editing (unless you like edits, then contact me because I hate them with a passion) revising, and more. What you find is that some things that work for others, will not work for you. Each of us has our…

  • Writing,  Writing Fun!

    December 2018’s Writing Theme: Lesson You Learned…

    It’s the last month of the year and we are heading into a new one. So for this month’s writing; tell me about something you learned that changed the way you think about writing. Example: This may sound silly, but I did realize how connections with others would streamline your writing.  I’ve met some wonderful writers and authors that have helped me in ways no one else could. I needed someone who’s been in my position to give me advice and they are so cool about answering my questions and giving advice.  If you’re in the same position, find a group of authors who will give you advice, encourage you and allow you to read there awesome…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Our Traditions… What are yours?

    Traditions Traditions are everywhere during the holidays and we are no exception. Though some may find our traditions silly or unique, they are ours and we will continue them for years to come; passing them to our children and our children’s children. What Are They? Well, I’ve touched on this as well as reasons for and the importance of traditions in another post you can find HERE. Today I want to tell you about a few we have in our family and I would love, love, LOVE to hear some of yours so comment below or send me a message!! Reason For Our Traditions Honestly, some of our traditions started…

  • Journal,  Writing

    Favorite Writer/Author Gifts

    It’s that time of year again where everyone is struggling to find the perfect gift or perhaps you haven’t even begun to think about the holidays. Well, I’m here to give you a hand. I’ve written about Writer Gifts before and you can check those out here, but I feel I should add to that with some new items Writers and Authors may like as well as book lovers! Us authors would be nowhere without our lovely readers that keep us sane and encourage us to continue providing fantastic stories! Note: This post may contain affiliate links. This just means that I may receive a small commission, at no additional cost…

  • Inspirational,  Journal

    Thankful…

    Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I wanted to take some time to talk about being thankful. Being thankful should be for just one season or one day of the year. You should reflect on what you are thankful for daily and if you can’t do daily, then weekly and if you are so busy that you can’t do weekly, then monthly. If you can’t do monthly, well then, you’ve got an issue. Now, let’s take a look at the word Thankful. WIKI Showing appreciation or gratitude Dictionary Feeling or expressing gratitude; appreciative Well, guess that’s self explanatory, isn’t it. Being thankful is much deeper than that one time…

  • Writing Fun!

    November’s Writing Theme: Tradition

    Traditions are what bring us together and keep us together, especially during the holiday season. Many have traditions they love to share with others, while some have traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. This month’s writing theme is Tradition. What are yours? Do you like them or loathe them? Is there a tradition you know of that you would like to adopt?   Example: As an example I’ll tell you about a tradition we have in our family that started the Christmas of 1998.  Due to one of my sister’s indecisiveness, our father thought it would be funny to play a prank on her for Christmas that…

  • Inspirational,  Journal

    Motivation

    With NaNoWriMo just around the corner, many are looking for motivation to get started writing, continue writing, or to even come up with an idea for their project. Today I’d like to go through some ways you can gain motivation for your writing. But first… you know me, let’s take a look at the word Motivation. WIKI The reason for people’s actions, desires, and needs One’s direction to behavior What causes a person to want to repeat a behavior Dictionary Providing with a reason to act in a certain way The reason one has for acting or behaving in a particular way The general desire or willingness of someone to…