Category Archives: Creative Writing

Getting Back Into My Writing Groove!

The ability to write is something that some people are born with. However, many people need to practice writing on a regular basis in order to get good enough to be published and make a living at it. If you ask 10 authors how they developed their writing talent, you may very well get 10 different answers. This is because certain methods work better for certain authors. With that having been said, there are several methods that have proven successful in helping a large number of authors like Daniel Handler get better. Here is how to develop your writing talent.

Write whenever you can

Like most things in life, you will never become a better writer unless you practice writing at every opportunity. Authors such as Handler have let everyone know how much practicing helped his ability to write, allowing him to become an extremely successful author. Ideally, you should set a time aside for yourself to write each day. While some days you will need to change your schedule, you should try to keep it as consistent as possible. Write about whatever you want during this time. Try your hand at various styles of writing and different genres. This will allow you to get a feel for what you enjoy writing.

Get lots of feedback

The only way for you to tell if you have truly progressed as an author is to have your writing read by people you respect and trust. These people that you ask to evaluate your writing should not be close friends and associates. They should be people with a background in writing. If you know any authors who have been published, it would be very useful to have your work read by this person. Ask the people to make detailed notes as they are reading your book. What do they like? What did they hate? How do they think the overall narrative could be improved? The reason you do not want to have your close friends or family giving you feedback is because they will never want to criticize your writing or discourage you in any way. They only have your best interests at heart. Therefore, they will always tell you that your writing is good, even if they do not think it is. This type of feedback will not help you. Getting constructive criticism from people you respect will allow you to get to the point where a publisher will sign you.

What TV/Netflix Series are You Loving This Summer?

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I’m one of those people with no self-control who binge-watches when a new season of one of my faves pops up on Netflix. But I’m not a spoiler, so don’t judge. I just want to say that this season of Orange is the New Black is my favorite so far!

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 I’m currently watching Royal Pains, and I enjoy it because of the characters and the actors who portray them. But if the main character in a series is a doctor please, for the love of all things holy, get a physician in there to read the script for the pilot episode. I almost had to stop watching because of all the in-your-face medical discrepencies. Then they should have thrown a few bucks at anyone with some medical training – a medical assistant would have been fine – to watch them film. You can’t defibrillate someone through their shirt. #justsayin

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Michael, John, and I rarely enjoy a show together – our tastes are too different. But BBC America’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is fabulous. You’re only two episodes behind if you start watching this Saturday, and depending on your cable providor you may be able to watch the two you’ve missed on-demand. Brilliant show, simply brilliant.

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I vow to stop reading free Kindle books. I’ll stick to the library for my free reading. I’m all about a writer offering the first in a series for free, motivating readers to buy their other books because the first book was so well-written and the characters are so appealing the reader wants to know what happens next in their lives. That’s the excitement of finding a new favorite author/series! But I’m seeing an alarming trend whereby one book is chopped into three or four short sections, each ending with some sort of cliffhanger. Then each section is marketed as one book. No. That’s not a book. That’s a sample, and should be marketed as such.

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The silver lining in that black cloud is that it has motivated me to start writing again. I’m still a long way from getting any of my three books published (not a series, just three contemporary fiction stand-alones), but I’m not at a stand-still anymore. That’s especially good timing since I’m finally going to be able to attend a writers’ group meeting this weekend. I’ve missed nearly all of them this year for one reason or another.

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I still love Nerium – the products and the business. It doesn’t replace the rewards of working as a nurse, but in some ways it’s better. As a nurse I certainly was never able to help someone make a difference in their financial life!

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Now it’s time to sneak in a nap, because last night was all storms and tonight is supposed to be the same. I, personally, love storms. I love the energy in the air, and even hard rain sounds so soothing. I can’t explain how something is exciting and soothing at the same time, but I feel the same way about the ocean. Sadly, our rescue dog, Boss, is terrified of storms. He trembles and whines while lying in bed between me and Michael, and I think he’d climb inside Michael’s skin if he could. Poor thing!

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A Really Big Week!

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My granddog has a Twitter account and you should all follow her. She’s @Tabbythedog. Actually, her Twitter account and the posts from her doggy daycare keep me more in touch with the dog than I am with my son and daughter-in-law. They’re both busy with jobs they love in a city that they love, and that’s great. But when there are tornados and flooding in your city and you’re a thousand miles away from your family call and tell them you’re OK. At the very least, answer their texts!

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 I’m starting to use the library more and download free books on Kindle less. For several reasons. I do find new authors I like by downloading the first book in a series, but so many are starting to end there book with a hook, or cliffhanger. No. I want some sense of closure at the end of the book. Make me want to read your next book because you’ve developed your characters so well I want to know what might happen in their lives. Write so well I want to ready everything else you’ve written. A hook at the end of the first book in a series is a cheap trick – don’t do it. And I’m a few books behind on some of my favorite authors, so I need to catch up.

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Now that we are no longer a one-car family I think it’s time for me and Michael to really bump up our Nerium efforts. We have spectacular products to offer, a great limited-time offer going on right now (free $20 hand cream to ALL new customers!) and I’m very excited about it. I’m visualizing myself as the Nerium Honey Badger, letting the ‘no’s roll off my back and focusing on my goal. I’m going to drag my team along to success with me, because I can’t get there alone. Want to join my team as a customer or Brand Partner, or just want to know what a Nerium Honey Badger is? Contact me!

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I want to congratulate my niece, Lauren, on being a total Honey Badger Matron-of-Honor this past weekend. Her sister’s ceremony and reception was on an Air Force Base, and you truly would not believe all she had to go through to get all the wedding guests through the gates with the current elevated threat alert. Girlfriend had the guys in camo at the gates with M-16s trembling in fear. And she did it all in a lovely long champagne dress, 5-inch heels, a classic chignon, and a smile. I’m thinking Lauren for president as soon as she turns thirty-five.

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The wedding, by the way, was straight out of a storybook. I didn’t take a single picture, because I didn’t want to miss a second of the experience. It was everything a wedding should be: two families celebrating being joined by marriage, two young people very much in love starting their life together with a solemn ceremony and a kick-ass party :)

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I came home with a car, by the way. After two years of being trapped in the house while Michael worked six or seven days a week I can actually get out and about. I can take myself to my own doctor’s appointments, I can go to Goodwill whenever I want, I can go to the grocery if we’re out of bottled flavored water. Huge thanks to Michael’s brother Chris and his wife, Marcia for making this possible. And John gets to learn to drive, too, which is pretty awesome!

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After years (literally) of research, quizzing everyone I knew who’d had a bariatric procedure, and scheduling, cancelling, and re-scheduling appointments so many times I’ve lost count I’m doing it. Gastric sleeve as soon as I’m cleared from my EGD in about ten days! Say a little prayer for me if you don’t mind. I’d really love to lose some weight, gain some mobility, decrease my back pain and high blood pressure, and see something besides inevitable progression of my spinal disease and increase in my pain in my future.

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