Today’s blog: From the Beginning… “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” — Emilie Buchwald Do you believe that? I do. I remember holding my children in my arms when they were babies. I’d rock them until they fell asleep. Later, they learned to climb onto my lap and curl up close […]
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Today’s blog: Get Up and Go “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” – Stephen King Welcome back to “Stepping Stones (Part 4)” In previous posts, excerpts from William Cane’s book Fiction Writing Master Class examine the writing styles and techniques of some of history’s most famous authors. Cane’s […]
Today’s blog: Following the Footsteps “The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.” – Michael Jackson Master Class Question: Which modern writer… Was sent to live with a ‘rather cold’ uncle at age ten because his parents died? Went to medical school to appease his uncle although he preferred writing? Published his first novel […]
Today’s blog: Light the Way “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others.” – Mustafa Kemal Ataturk Master the Craft Pop Quiz: In the blog post, “Stepping Stones (Part 1)”, a book is featured as a must-read for fiction authors. Is it… A Book About Absolutely Nothing by I.M. Nobody? How […]
Today’s blog: Follow-the-Leader In elementary school, I remember playing a game called Follow-the-Leader. Our teacher required everyone in class to line up behind one player who served as the leader. Next, s/he moved around to music while the rest of the class tried to copy every movement or action s/he made. Anyone who did not follow […]
Today’s blog: Inner Compass A compass is an instrument used for navigation. It has four cardinal points: North, South, East and West – North being the most important. In fact, the compass needle always points north. A compass helps you set your course and find your way, and is especially helpful when traveling through unfamiliar terrain. It keeps you from getting lost. […]
Today’s blog: Your Truth Writing is personal. It is your journey. The story you tell is your truth. Sharing it with the world can be terrifying, yet wonderful at the same time. It is a moment of surrender – from your imagination to the minds of others. Writing is Hard If you have ever started a […]
Today’s blog: Momentum Are you too busy? Busy is defined as being occupied or actively involved in an activity. Seems simple enough. But, is it possible to be too busy? Ask yourself, “Am I fighting for more time? Do I tell others that I just need more time?” If that’s the case, consider yourself too busy. Oftentimes being busy […]
Today’s blog: The Voice of Direction It’s the first weekend in December. I smile as several cars round the curve and make their way toward our house. It’s the kids and their kids – my children and their little ones. Dust from the driveway covers their cars. One by one they they pull in and […]
Today’s blog: Quiet Time The world is a busy place. There is noise all around. The need to find a bit of “quiet time” – no cellphone, no computer, no other people – becomes essential. Without “quiet time,” personal goals can be pushed aside, even forgotten. Without “quiet time,” focus dims. You need it to […]