How “flit-reading” among books inspired me to write

When I think about a recent line I read, I can’t help but pump a fist in the air and say a definitive YES! In the novel “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” (which was made into a film I recently reviewed), co-authors Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows had one of their … Continue reading How “flit-reading” among books inspired me to write

My Writing Process #1: The Deadline Phase – Three “Ds” that nailed my first draft

Yes, it’s finally done! My 300+ page memoir. Oh, wait! I mean the first messy draft. The first ‘shitty’ draft. The first ‘vomit’ draft. Sorry. But hey, it’s a first nonetheless so excuse me while I gloat for all of 5 seconds. “1,000. 2,000. 3,000. 4,000. 5,000.” Okay done. I’m over it now. But as … Continue reading My Writing Process #1: The Deadline Phase – Three “Ds” that nailed my first draft

Podcasts that inspire me to write #1/4

In a previous post, I talked about the joys of learning through listening to audio books and podcasts. And how it’s a match made in heaven when you combine them with conventional reading. Of course, the joy is ultimately in the learning, no matter the medium of input. For it’s in the learning that one’s … Continue reading Podcasts that inspire me to write #1/4

My “Writing Heroes” #3 – Those who write what they want to know

It’s been said that beginner writers would be well-advised to write what we know. No major arguments there from me. After all, as famous writer Flannery O’Connor once opined, anyone who survives childhood has enough information to write for the rest of his or her life. Meaning, even as early as 12 or 13 years of age, … Continue reading My “Writing Heroes” #3 – Those who write what they want to know

20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 1/4)

Last Saturday, I wrote my 200th blog post. Two years after I started to write and post for the very first time! Today, to commemorate that milestone, I’m going to share 20 things I’ve learned about writing from these 200 blog posts. But I’m going to give you these five at a time; in short, … Continue reading 20 things I learned from 200 blogs (Part 1/4)

Writing with Intent

Dear Blog I know I know. You’ve been wondering where I’ve Disappeared to. Yes I know. It’s time to be ‘hospitable’ again to you, hospitable to my writing. It’s time to come to the keyboard or notepad with the clear intent and purpose to write. Diligently. Determinedly. Definitively. Daily. And now that I have a … Continue reading Writing with Intent