Rules Gleaned from Mom for Creativity, Fun, and Writing

Rules Gleaned from Mom for Creativity, Fun, and Writing

Recently I went through my late mother’s old and bulging recipe box — I remember it well from my childhood. It held a magical appeal for me, maybe because it was kept far from my reach on the top shelf of the pantry. Inside, it had family treasures that were collected...
Useful Lies and Stumbling Blocks

Useful Lies and Stumbling Blocks

There are the lies your Sunday School teacher [or parent, rabbi, or mentor] taught you about — those you shouldn’t believe or tell yourself or others. And then there are quite different “lies” … useful fictions, so to speak. One of the best examples of this second...
Covey, Cloud, and a Clue to Better Writing

Covey, Cloud, and a Clue to Better Writing

“Efficiency with people is ineffective. With people, fast is slow and slow is fast,”Stephen R. Covey “Efficiency with people is ineffective. With people, fast is slow and slow is fast,” said the ever-quotable Stephen R. Covey. It’s not only good advice for...
Dispelling Publishing Myths

Dispelling Publishing Myths

First, forget everything you or your friends, your mother-in-law, popular movies or late night TV commercials may have depicted or encouraged you to assume or expect concerning the process, timing or revenues available through publishing a book.You will not get rich...
Requirements for Writing a Book

Requirements for Writing a Book

As a child I read the classic book Little Women and it gave me a romanticized vision in my head of what being an author would be like: a little outside the norm, with frequent bouts of self-exile pleasantly spent in the attic writing and getting great satisfaction and...
Are you a writer? Do you write?

Are you a writer? Do you write?

We’re all storytellers. Stories give color, meaning and occasionally sense to our lives. Do you do some kind of writing or other creative work as part of your job? Emails? Blogs? Presentations? Reports? Strategy development? Reviews? Do you consider yourself to...