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Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

Writing a Novel During My Morning Run

A guest post by Kathryn Pincus.Writing a Novel During My Morning Run WRITTEN BY KATHRYN PINCUS. POSTED IN SELF GROWTH. (Published originally in Living Well Magazine, April 2015 issue)Almost every morning, as the sun is beginning its ascent into the sky, I lace up my running shoes, stretch, and bound out the door. A feeling […]

Finding that Happy Ending

Finding that Happy Ending

More and more, as a reader, I find myself searching for something new. This has less to do with branching out into genres I haven’t yet explored, and more to do with wanting the “old and familiar” to suddenly feel “fresh and inspired.”More zip? More zing? Is that what’s missing for me? I don’t know. […]

Advancing Writing Skills Through Meditation

Advancing Writing Skills Through Meditation

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations On my checklist of things to do in this life, meditation had always been in the “no time soon” category. Something about it seemed a bit suspect to me. As evidence, I offer you my original take on how it works: […]

Storytelling Through Music

Storytelling Through Music

Yesterday evening, I attended a concert at Strathmore Hall Arts Center. Intermission was followed by a modern symphony making its world premiere performance for a concert band. As part of his introduction, the evening’s conductor, Lt. Col. Jason Fettig, said that the composer intended the piece to be a journey through the ups and downs […]

I’ve Been Set Up!

I’ve Been Set Up!

A guest post by author Thomas Waite:The setting of a novel is critical, particularly for a mystery or thriller. After all, in addition to providing details that enrich the story, the setting can actually assist, or impede, an investigation. Choosing a familiar setting is usually a good idea for a mystery or a thriller because […]

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

NaNoWriMo and the Evolution of a Writer

Writing a book as part of the annual NaNoWriMo contest is a bit like dating in college: a day feels like a week, a week feels like a month. And a month, well, that’s practically forever.On November 1st, I started NaNoWriMo filled with excitement and curiosity. How would the book idea I’d been mulling over […]

Thwarting my Laptop

Thwarting my Laptop

My tiny hand-me-down laptop gave me the good ole Blue Screen of Death a few weeks ago. I loved working on the thing because, honestly, the screen was so small, it was unpleasant doing just about everything but typing on it. Web surfing was clumsy, and every window I opened was scrunched up and cramped […]

The Writing Process

The Writing Process

I had dabbled in writing since maintaining a food blog for over six years. Tackling a novel is a whole new ballgame. Wait, let me backtrack a little. I’ve always been a dreamer. I remembered my early childhood when my father always scolded me for being absent-minded. Even then I would think up scenarios in […]

How To Make A Memory

How To Make A Memory

We’ve all experienced it. That moment a song unexpectedly comes on the radio, or over a store’s speakers, and we are swiftly pulled back into a memory so strong we feel like travelers to the future when we snap back to the present.It has happened to me, many times in many places. I figure it’s […]

In Another Life

In Another Life

 Yesterday morning, my alarm clock went off way too early, considering I had been up way too late the night before. The song blaring at unwelcome decibels from that object of torment was Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.”Three words from that song have been stuck in my head for the last two days: […]

Risk And The Unpublished Writer

Risk And The Unpublished Writer

 “Do you believe?”I’ve been asked that question over and over, in various forms, for two long years.  Do I believe in what I’m doing?  Do I believe the sacrifices are worth it?  Do I believe people will want to read my books and short stories?  The list goes on.All the while, I’ve been writing and re-writing stories and novels.  I’ve been […]