Not a Best-Selling Author

I'm not an award-winning writer. Nor am I a best-selling author. And sometimes, I feel like I’m in the minority. Social Media platforms, online bookstores and  mega-sellers like Amazon, act as quintessential gathering places for award-winning, best-selling authors—thousands upon thousands of them, none of whom I’ve ever heard of. I often wonder, who is bestowing … Continue reading Not a Best-Selling Author

Lessons Learned from a Squirrel

Last weekend I made a new backyard friend. And I got to thinking. Creative types like to stand out from the masses, be individualistic, unique—emulated. For many (myself included) we often fail. Artistic creatures, writers in particular, struggle from cradle to mobility-scooter, forever trying to define their voice, tame their inner critic and keep the … Continue reading Lessons Learned from a Squirrel

I Don’t Like Writing

Originally posted October, 2016.

snoopy_doesnt_like_writingI don’t like writing.

But I love having written.

This candid quote by Dorothy Parker describes me well.  First drafts suck, mine in particular.  It’s no wonder I’m consumed with trepidation at the thought of another journey into the barren landscape and soulless void of the new story.

Finding inspiration is difficult, especially knowing the initial drivel will require intensive repair, realignment and restructuring.  And that’s only if the first draft survives the shit pile.  It often does not.  A mere paragraph is enough to incite a sudden pause, a deliberate lowering of the head into the hands, followed by the obligatory sigh of despair.  Right click, highlight, delete.  What else have I got?

But alas, so bends the path of the aspiring writer.  First drafts contain the kernel, the seed. Subsequent revisions nurture that tiny creative concoction into either a towering oak, flowering bush, or a bent twig.  The…

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