I visited Linda Lochridge’s website where she shared an amazing post by Byran Hutchinson at http://www.positivewriter.com.  Here he lists 51 incredible writing resources. Bryan did an amazing job and it is worth your time to visit.


Visit Positive Writer for an amazing full article and your 51 tips.


Until Next Time…

I assume I’m like most writers, I really don’t like the editing process. At. All. I allow myself to write like a mad fiend through the first draft and let it fly no matter what. Then I put it away. I don’t want to look at it, but it rarely leaves my mind. This is the beginning of processing what I’ve written, what plot holes are awaiting my fall, what character is thinner than cardboard and oh my gosh what happened to the conflict?

Those are the more difficult issues to fix so after I’ve pulled it back up on my laptop for the millionth time, I submit it for editing to Writer’s Digest. I’ve worked with some awesome editors and authors at WD and feel as though the feedback was worth every penny! I used them on my upcoming new short story “Blurred Lines”, but…there’s that darned grammar that continues to bite me in the behind.

A few weeks ago I shared a free writing tool called Autocrit and I hope you have found it helpful. I have. I’ve used it until it wouldn’t allow me to submit anymore for the day. But, I found that it didn’t help me with commas and although it did identify “ly” words, it didn’t always help me with passive voice. After much investigation for other tools, I have just signed up for Grammarly.com. It far exceeded the other editing websites that I had sampled.

  • Grammarly
  • Peoplesink
  • Whitesmoke
  • Stylewriter (will suggest a better word to use)
  • Writersdiet
  • Naturalreaders

Since I write so much in my resume business, blog, fiction and newsletters I found that Grammarly.com is well worth the purchase. Hopefully, out of the above group you will find what works best for you and continue to dial into great writing!

Until Next Time…

Telling Our Stories

stories of life

Stories have to be told or they die, and
when they die, we can’t remember who
we are or why we’re here.
~Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

Owning our story can be hard but not nearly
as difficult as spending our lives running
from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is
risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up
on love and belonging and joy—the experiences
that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we
are brave enough to explore the darkness will we
discover the infinite power of our light.
~ Brené Brown

It is easy to write. Just sit in front of your
typewriter and bleed.
~Ernest Hemingway

Memoir isn’t the summary of a life;
it’s a window into a life, very much
like a photograph in its selective
composition. It may look like a casual and
even random calling up of bygone events. It’s
not; it’s a deliberate contruction.
~William Zinsser, On Writing Well

Until Next Time…

Inspiration Tuesday

Here are a few bits of wisdom and inspiration to power you through your Tuesday.


Strong lives are motivated by dynamic purposes.
Kenneth Hildebrand

If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.
St. Clement of Alexandra

Dream big and dare to fail.
Norman Vaughan

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Seek the lofty by reading, hearing and seeing great work at some moment every day.
Thornton Wilder

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke

Well begun is half done.
Greek Proverb

The best way out is always through. – Robert Frost

Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks.

Johann Gottfried Von Herder

And all may do what has by man been done.
Edward Young

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
Samuel Smiles

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.

If the wind will not serve,
take to the oars.
Destitutus ventis, remos adhibe
Latin Proverb

Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.
Henry Ward Beecher

No star is lost once we have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.
Adelaide Proctor

You cannot plough a field by
turning it over in your mind.
Author Unknown

Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.
William B. Sprague

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
Samuel Johnson

 Keep writing and until next time…

He Made Me Cry…

For any of you that have kids, raising kids and hitting hard times. Here’s some hope for you. My son posted this on my Facebook today. We have come a long long way. So know when you’re kids are reaching that age, that things change for the better and a real relationship begins to blossom. Here’s my son’s post.

“Some of you know this woman for the strong and loyal person she is. I have the privilege of knowing as more. She is my mom. And more than just being strong and loyal, I know her something for more rare, her consistency. My mom is my oldest friend and my rock. I have had the gift of knowing her for the last 22 years, but today is a reminder that I get to appreciate her another day. I have one mom, and today I get to celebrate the fact she’s made it another. Happy birthday. Here’s to another 40 plus years together. I love you very much. Have a good day.

And of course I cried. :)

Until Next Time…

you can rescue yourself

writing toolsLife has been so busy, I’ve not posted much and I certainly haven’t written any fiction. Resumes, yes, but that’s not the same and different rules apply. We get to use adverbs for starters!

So, I decided my heart was aching and I needed to pick up my short story and get it finished. It’s finished and edited by an editor at Writer’s Digest, but that was editing for plot, character, story arc etc. It’s the darned grammar! I mentioned this to one of my fellow writer’s, Tina Mattern, and she sent me to http://www.autocrit.com. Now, I owe her my first-born. Oh, wait, he’s 22 years old, 6’2 and 280 lbs. of solid muscle and I don’t think she wants his grocery bill! She politely declined.

Here’s the scoop. Autocrit.com offers a free editing service for the basic stuff including adverbs and overused words. It highlights them in red so you can make corrections, rewrite the sentences etc. Go check it out. I’m utilizing this tool daily!

Oh, and let me tell you something really awesome about my buddy who suggested autocrit. Chicken Soup has published 7 stories written by Tina! She is also working on an amazing memoir that makes me cry every time I read a new chapter. Please, go visit Tina at TinaWagnerMattern. She has a wicked sense of humor as well. Her latest short story had the entire writing group laughing.

Go write!

Until Next Time…


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