Thursday, May 5, 2016

Character Goals and Motivation

August 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Blog, Fiction

A goal is like an agenda. Something the character wants. It has to be hard to get. Readers like to see the character struggle. They like to know what the character wants, but they have absolutely no idea how she’ll get it. Your audience wants to live moment-by-moment through your character’s life, feeling all the […]

How to Create a Habit in One Day

January 1, 2013 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement, Goals

So, how are those New Year’s Resolutions going? It’s not yet been three days. Are you still holding strong? According to the University of Scranton*, 25% of resolutions never survive the first week. By the end of the second week, another 4% have dropped off the bandwagon. Only 46% of resolutions ever see the six-month […]

Today’s NaNo Mission:

November 20, 2012 by  
Filed under Blog, Goals

Because I’m NOT giving up? How about you?

Black Friday and Thoughts on Contentment

November 25, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Encouragement, Holidays

I saw a cartoon on facebook today that said,“Don’t you think it’s ironic that Americans spend the most money on new things the day after they say they’re grateful for what they already have?” This made me stop and think. Why are we so discontent with what we have? Why the push and the need for […]

Writing for God’s Glory vs. Writing for Publication

October 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Blog, Faith

Like many writers in the early stages of their careers, I can be found spending some portion of most workdays soaking in advice and information from websites like this one. As I gather perspectives, dichotomies from which I’m sure you know well. The passion of art versus the realities of business. Writing what’s in your […]

Balancing Your Goals with Summer Fun

July 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Balance

For some of you your summer is just starting. For others like me, it’s almost over. Last summer I went off on an amazing three week adventure and accomplished little in my home. This summer I vowed to check off several projects. But I’m finding that these projects are way too big to be completed […]

Organize Your Writing Life

June 5, 2011 by  
Filed under Goals, Time Management

What used to be a simple routine of writing in the morning before going to work has morphed into a full-time job of writing as often as possible while also keeping track of a whole list of publicity appointments, editing, more writing projects and, of course, being a mom and a wife. I am here […]

Be SMART About Your Goals

May 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Balance, Health

New Year’s has come and gone. Months ago many jotted down their resolutions, others put it off. Still, others already feel like a failure because each year their goals are the same. But why do most people fail in reaching their resolutions? It’s because they’re not S.M.A.R.T. about their goals. Before you are offended by […]

Making Work at Home Work with a Family

May 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Interruptions, Work

Successfully Growing a Family and a Business Under One Roof Do you run a business and manage a family from your home? If so, you’re not alone. Nearly three million women currently juggle the titles of both “mom” and “entrepreneur”  simultaneously. If you’re one of these women, you know it can be difficult. The following […]

Holding on Loosely

January 25, 2009 by  
Filed under Faith, Goals, Illness

I’m someone who likes to make plans. I like to know when I’m doing something, how long it will take, and what’s coming next. I don’t like surprises. But one thing this bout with cancer has taught me is to hold on to my plans with a loose grip. James 4:13-15 says, Now listen, you […]

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