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I always thought that it was interesting to discover how many successful and prominent people became that way because of situations that each one of them experienced. Many of their writings were rejected many, many times but, because they were committed, kept their focus and had the spirit of determination, they became successful writers. I found somefascinating information and facts from a blogger, Christian Mihai, that I thought would be interesting. These are great lessons to learn from other people...let's learn some things from the folowing authors that we can apply to... (more)
... Dale, only in blog-sphere.
Melanie: Why all the mystery surrounding your name?
Dale: It was never my intention to create an alternate personality. “Dale” is not in any way different from me. The name story goes like this;Years ago, long before the blog, (I only started writing it – or anything else at all for that matter – nine months ago) I needed a login name for something; YouTube I think, and I picked dalecooper57 because I’m a Twin Peaks nut and FBI special agent Dale Cooper is the lead character. And 57? As my late father worked for Heinz, I’ve... (more)
Writing gurus advise us not to despair when rejection slips pile up; they urge us to keep going back to the well and digging deeper until a real gem pops out, for after all, “a good story must be told.” After a while, this sounds like a feel-good-ism to sooth the battered writer toiling away into insanity and an early death. It is tempting to say, “Stuff the gurus,” to stash the pen, switch off the computer and take up golf. But something happened to me a couple of years ago to reinforce the sage message that perhaps a good story will be told, even after 30 years.
Back in 1980, when... (more)
...and socialize well are some of the most valuable items a person can conquer. They aren’t easily learned, oftentimes taking lots of time and pain to master, but once properly accomplished, they can benefit both your personal and professional life in so many ways.
Let’s start with writing. Since I began learning the art of creating stories, I’ve been enduring a crash course in grammar, language, punctuation, and dialogue. Anytime I sit down to place together a series of words, I make a repetitive, conscious effort to spell check, re-read, re-examine, and hear out loud the... (more)
. . . home.- welcome
. . . soil.- garden
. . . rain.- growth
Use those words in the title of your post.
Welcome Growth in the Garden
I have lingered in my own, inner desert
Clinging to dried up habits.
This dry soil has been my home.
Little growth or change.
Yet I yearned for the rain
To soak the hard crust of fear,
To awaken my writers soul.
The seeds of thoughts germinate.
Assimilated emotions, reflections,
Connected quotes and philosophy
While having dinner recently, the lovely lady I was with suddenly asked, “How’s your writing going?
I took a moment and said, “Are you asking about my new book?”
“Yes, tell me about it.”
She’s one who’s suggested I do a sequel to, Sons In The Clouds. And although I haven’t dismissed that idea, right now, I have another story which I’ve spent a great deal of time developing. In my mind, and my heart, I finally believe I’ve seen the true plot from beginning to end.
As I began describing the new novel, I told her about how I saw the characters; their pain and happiness,... (more)
...mothered nine children and helped run a hobby farm for 30 years without actually sitting down and producing anything besides editing high school or university essays for my kids. No that is not a typo; it had been 30 years not months since I had the time to actually sit with the intention of writing. Naturally when I did stare at a modern keyboard, I froze. For one thing it was not my old manual typewriter that I had pounded on as a poor student but something modern and completely foreign.
I considered writing to be a solitary craft but looking at a blank screen or talking into... (more)
Once Henri Nouwen S.J. (Jesuit author, university prof) complained to God about all the students who came to his office, interrupting his writing of an important book. God’s answer?
“I just gave you that book to write to keep you busy in between appointments; your real work is all those interruptions."
No matter what our occupation, we tend to think that our work, our agenda is important. It is almost in our nature to let ambition and drive push other people to the fringes of our awareness while we toil in an isolated bubble of self-importance. There are many methods that can... (more)
I was reading an article by Isabel Anders which included inspirational quotes from famous authors, when one quotation resonated within me, lifting my spirits. In a comment, I wrote:
"Your quotes slip like liquid sunshine into the shadows of my heart."
A scant few minutes later, Megan Broutain burst out,
"Yowza. That is deep".
She created a unique pin with my words in a matter of minutes without any obvious effort. As a computer illiterate, Megan's techenical skills on the computer left me dumbfounded.
This button is a playful creation which none of us could... (more)
...within me that I connected effortlessly to examples in my own life, especially my life as a mum.
A scarce few months ago I sat frozen in front of a keyboard, typing up stilted stories about my kids. Blogging helped the prison melt because I was not trying to write to a wall; I was writing to real people who responded, offered encouragement and helpful tips to me, a computer illiterate. Now this month, NaBloPoMo pushed me to open deeper doors not only to my intellect but to my spirit and soul as well. I simply started writing, naturally, almost without effort. The words flowed... (more)