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Best Thing About Writing…


…is definitely the rewrite.

There’s not a whole lot of fun involved in fighting and cajoling your characters into behaving write I mean ‘right’ on page. Sometimes they barely want to speak or do things according to your rules/philosphy/hopes/whatever…. in other words, it can be tough getting them to do what you – get this – thought you wanted them to do. As my fellow writers out here know, writing is sort of like driving a car with little-to-no power steering; it will make a new path all on it’s own if you don’t force your will.

But, hooray! The rewrite straightens out that horribly obstinate, meddlesome cast member and the boring, nondescript imagery. It’ll make that conversation far more intriguing than anything you’ve ever observed in your entire life! And suspense is not really suspense until your palms are sweaty and your heart is thumping wildly. The draft may get the gist of it, but the rewrite  perfectly captures it and delivers scenes that convinces your reader to the hilt.

So, as I wind up my novel, Quiet, I salivate over the promise of meeting it again down the road, from a fresh and objective point of view. This time I’ll be holding my finger near the delete button and armed with more choice ways of showing, speaking, and revealing it’s imaginary world.

In the world of writing, for many, the rewrite is where the real fun begins.

A musing from the…

Voice Of A Writer

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Strange World of Literary Characters


Oh, how they evolve and take on a life of their own; becoming more – and less, for that matter.  Literary characters are a lot like real flesh and blood counterparts — never know what to anticipate.

How I thank God for giving me an idea, a keyboard and the desire to write!

Happy Writing from the…

Voice Of A Writer.

Writer v. Character


The novel I am currently working on is entitled Quiet.  My main character, Quincy Avalee has decided to no longer utter a single word. In fact she will not speak until twenty years later.

Her vow started in response to an aunt’s indiscretion but has grown into much, much more.  It is her mantra, her means of connecting with the larger things of life and disconnecting with the small.

Quincy has stopped speaking to me as well.  She is a very complex character and getting her story out, onto the page lately, has been a heart wrenching struggle, much like pulling teeth.

But as stubborn and strong willed as Quincy has proven to be, she has met her match.  I will not give in and allow her story to go untold nor unexplored, it’s way too enriching.  I shall continue to dig into the recesses of this imaginary person’s mind and get her truth out.  It is incredible to me that even I, her very own creator, would have to endure the quietness of her tongue.

Ishmael Reed said ‘writin’ is fightin’.   I must admit, there’s a rumble going on at my keyboard! And when it’s over, I’ll have my novel and Quincy will have a very special gift from yours truly – her very own story.

Hard fought words from the…

Voice Of A Writer

Finding/Respecting/Embracing YOUR Writing Voice


Ira Glass says it well:

A repost from blogger,  Wendy Strukus of The Next Small Thing.

Strong Words of Encouragement….

Voice of A Writer

Gratitude Radio Interview


Listen to my interview on “Doin the Do”.  I discuss the inspiration for my essay on Going for Gratitude.

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Going for GRATITUDE


My fellow writers, artist, aspiring entrepreneurs, risk takers, go-getters and out of the box movers and shakers: I know that we all find ourselves discouraged from time to time on the journey. After all it’s no wonder that over the centuries, artists have been known to be deeply depressed in addition to being profoundly talented.

The same source that produces talent makes room for the unpleasant too. It is us (referring to the aforementioned) who (through the grace of God) take it and make it the pleasantries for the masses to enjoy, appreciate and understand. Until they do – – the world simply does not fully appreciate what we have to offer.

Did the world appreciate Steve Jobs when he was a ‘whiz kid’ building computers and programs in his parents’ basement? How about the multitude of others who are now well-known or well-appreciated that make up and empower our world… our lives. Before they were ‘known’, before that big break or groundswell… was there room for disappointment and discouragement in their lives?

Sure it was.  That is universally how life runs it’s course: ebb and flow, ups and downs, rain and sunshine. No one is immune.

However,  for the artist or the square peg it is sometimes particularly more pronounced. Lack of empathy or camaraderie or even guilt may overshadow the internal pain of discouragement and blow it out of control and for some, become depression.

Borrowing from scripture, I say: take heart… Jesus has overcome the world!

Be grateful.  Take hold of your faith and allow it to overcome the present disappointments. Emphasize the good that your uniqueness has gifted you with and dismiss negative thinking. Thinking/believing/living in this manner is how gratitude really looks.  Persevering is the antidote to discouragement. Persevering is gratitude in action.

Go. For. GRATITUDE.

Ruminations II


What does preparation look like?

I found public speaking to be much like writing.

The preparation process, at least initially, were similar. Study the topic. Consider it carefully, from both my perspective then my audience perspective.

Finally, Pray, then:  Write. Write what you know. Write what you think. Write what you believe. Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, page after page. Just keep writing. Hours, days, weeks of just writing.

Stop. Study more, read more. Go deeper: consider the concept and the goal of the topic even more. Come up for air, read what’s been written. Disappointing. Very disappointing. If it were batting averages, probably .100. Take heart, this is a very normal, very expected process in writing. Back to the topic. Delineate it. Consider, then reconsider the subject goal  from different angles. Ponder, brainstorm and record my thoughts.

Again… more writing. More pages. Repeat process several times. Read results, comparing to batting averages again, it elevated a little, maybe .150. Better. Gather constructive criticism from team of supporters. Rework outline. Set up bullet key points. Write, write, write. And pray. Read.

Improvement – GREAT improvement. Concrete ideas now in black in white. Less writing. More rewriting. Hardest part over.

My writing voice: STRONG, DISTINCT, CONFIDENT.

My message: CLEAR, SUCCINCT.

My delivery: I SHALL LET YOU KNOW….

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