FOCUS
Craft of Writing

FOCUS

I asked my daughter Ali how she saw self-discipline operating in my writing life since she was along for the ride, and here’s what she said: “Even if it was close to the deadline, you just did it. Your main method was—no matter what, you worked and worked and finished the manuscript by the deadline….

Refocus Beyond the Obstacle
Craft of Writing

Refocus Beyond the Obstacle

I still remember the spring day years ago when I pulled up to the equestrian center where we boarded our flashy Belgian Draft horse. My two daughters scrambled out of the car and rushed to their riding lesson. The girls rode Hunter Jumper, complete with an English saddle, tight breeches and tall black boots. I…

How to Write What You Want
Craft of Writing | Inspiration

How to Write What You Want

You’ll hear a lot of good advice at writer’s conferences.  One of those pieces of advice is that to be a professional writer, you need to be sure to write what is marketable.  Write what publishing houses are looking for.  Write what agents want to represent.  Write what readers crave. If you heed this advice,…