Words for Writers

Keep-Writing-true-writers-31335589-600-450I wanted to start everyone’s week of with positive thoughts. Have a great Monday and keep writing!

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.” Robert Charles Benchley

“The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.” Unknown

“Becoming the reader is the essence of becoming a writer.” John O’Hara

“However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.” Jean Jacques Rousseau

“I get a fine warm feeling when I’m doing well, but that pleasure is pretty much negated by the pain of getting started each day. Let’s face it, writing is hell.” William Styron

“Success comes before work only in the dictionary.” Anonymous

“No one put a gun to your head and ordered you to become a writer. One writes out of his own choice and must be prepared to take the rough spots along the road with certain equanimity, though allowed some grinding of the teeth.” Stanley Ellin

“The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all.” Mark Twain

“Writing is like prostitution. First you do it for the love of it, then you do it for a few friends, and finally you do it for money.”


“Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.” Rudyard Kipling

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” Albert Einstein

Until Next Time…

If you haven’t read Colleen Hoover, you are truly missing out! She is a great example of a self published author becoming a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. I recommend starting with the “Slammed” series or “Hopeless“.

Colleen_HooverColleen inspires me on many levels, but one gift that sets her apart, she can make me cry. As a writer you understand the challenge of delivering something emotional on paper. Communicating it from heart to brain to paper, it often loses its emotional punch and I’ve read few authors who could truly deliver the full meal deal with great characters, plot, story arc and emotion. However, Colleen does this remarkably well.

A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure of meeting Colleen. She had just released “Maybe Someday” and Portland was on her list for a book signing and concert, I couldn’t miss the chance. It was amazing! A true inspiration of what happens when you keep writing.

If you purchase “Maybe Someday” on Ebook there are links included that contain original music written and sung specifically for this story by top ten finalist American Idol contestant, Griffin Peterson. If you prefer paperback, you can purchase his CD separately.

Griffin Peterson

Griffin Peterson

I highly recommend reading her books even if they aren’t in your normal genre. Slammed and Hopeless are the best examples of her delivering emotion packed stories that will leave you not only wanting more, but studying her delivery.

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sunset-and-sunrise-pictures-73We all have our mentors and people who encourage us to be our best, never quit and never stop dreaming and believing. I’m going to share a quote with you from one of mine.

“Mastery is a commitment combined with patience and consistency…Your skill or talent is simply that: a God-given skill or talent. Reaching excellence is dependent upon how much time and effort you are willing to put in to Master it.

Aside from repetition, the most important part of mastery is remembering what you know.  Sometimes the least little unexpected change can throw us off. And get us to doubt ourselves.

You really do know what to do, where to go, and what you need. And part of becoming a master is learning to trust this part of yourself that can direct you to success. ” Suzanne Evans

Now, go write, go dream and become a master!

Until Next Time…

You Are My Hero…

sunset-2I have two kids, well they aren’t kids any more. My son just turned 22 and my daughter 18.

I was talking with my son the other day and the conversation went like this:

Son: “Mom, you lost your mom and daughter in the same year and have continued to move forward. That takes a lot of strength, you’re my hero.”

Me: “Thank you honey, that means a lot to me. I don’t feel like a hero I just keep trying to move past my broken heart.”

Son: “I know and I love you.”

Me: “I love you too.”

Tears ran down my face.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have a conversation  like that. It gives me hope for my daughter. We didn’t lose her to death, but in other ways, to other things.

So, this is a salute to all the single parents who have given every ounce of their being trying to be both parents, and this is to every parent who has dealt with their child and drug addiction, mental illness or just being hard-headed. Parenting brings you the deepest love and deepest pain, but I’d do it again.

Don’t forget “Tears In the Sun” is free on Smashwords, but only for a few days. So hop on over and download it, and if you like it feel free to leave a review! https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/389965

Until Next Time…


Tears In the Sun

Tears In the Sun

It’s “Read an Ebook Week” on Smashwords and for a short few days you can download “Tears In the Sun” free! So hop on over and download it, and if you like it feel free to leave a review!


Until Next Time…

Whispers of the Heart

door“What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

I shared the above quote last week with some other uplifting and encouraging quotes for writers and wow, the feedback was so amazing. Some of you shared which one touched you, others remembered why you’re a writer and some of you shared it on your blog. I had a great day, so thanks to each one of you.

The above quote really stuck with me. I often think of what goes unsaid, what we might do or say if we felt confident enough to do it. To me, it’s not only about what the author whispers, but for each of us, what does our heart whisper? What would you write if you had the guts to do it?

I read some dark books. For instance, I love Chelsea Cain, Dean Koontz, Gillian Flynn and Lisa Unger to name a few. But, I have often wondered especially with Chelsea and Dean where they go inside themselves to write what they do. I heard the other night on a TV show that in order to catch the criminal you have to think like a criminal. Good grief, does that make you one? I mean, we as writer’s can write some off the wall stories, but that doesn’t make us a murderer. I realized that there’s a place inside myself I’m a little afraid to go to pull out that story.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I could write a serial killer novel. I’d faint at the thought of blood for starters! Ewww, yea..not so much, but do we all have a place that we’re afraid to visit? What if we had the courage to do so? No concerns about what others would say, if it was dark or a children’s story, or maybe a phenomenal literary novel…or something horrid you survived. What if?

I often think that stories that are born from gut wrenching pain or a place we’re afraid to go could be the next best seller.

Until Next Time…

Inspiration for Writers

Stormy weather on a city streetWriting is hard work! When we think we’ve got it figured out an editor or trusted friend lets us know there are still plot holes. Maybe we realize we left out key elements, missed tying up a loose end, or we just put our head on our desk and stay there the rest of the day. Here’s some encouragement, keep writing and don’t give up!

I try to create sympathy for my characters, then turn the monsters loose. - Stephen King

Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. - Ernest Hemingway

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. - Ernest Hemingway

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master. —Ernest Hemingway

A word is not the same with one writer as with another.  One tears it from his guts.  The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.  ~Charles Peguy

I try to leave out the parts that people skip.  ~Elmore Leonard

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.  ~William Wordsworth

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

I love writing.  I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions.  ~James Michener

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, “All Trivia,” Afterthoughts, 1931

So keep whispering!

Until Next Time…


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