To risk making a fool of yourself

“To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself. – Anne Lisa Rice

And it’s not just writing. To create anything, means having to risk being rejected, admonished, criticized and yes, laughed at. And it doesn’t end at creating art, I think this risk happens when we live authentically. To do so is to allow yourself to be vulnerable.

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When I Write

When I write, I am not just writing.
I am observing. From a vantage point called Middle-Age.
The past. The present. The future.

I am re-writing my past the way I want it to read.
I am writing my present the way it happens.
I am writing the future to help with what you and I could make of our lives.

I am writing….my life…and my life story.
And, I am editing (both my writing and life story), as I go.

Thank you for reading and continuing to support me.

Writing is very Lonely Work

Writing is very lonely work.

You sit at your laptop and bleed your heart out.
(Not my phrase, it is Hemingway’s)

You don’t do it for anybody on this planet.
You do it simply to cope with the craziness of life.
You write to heal yourself.

And, then, you does the most courageous thing.
You put it out on ether.

Most times, you don’t know what happens on the other side of ether.
But, sometimes you do.

A message here.
A pat on the back there.
A “let me buy you dinner” offer.

Suddenly, a week arrives, when you have a triple whammy.
Out of the blue.
For no obvious reason.

You add a flood of subscribers.
Your pins get repinned.
And, then, when you are completely under-dressed and rushing through an aisle, a stranger walks up to you, says “Hello” as if they have known you their entire life and proceeds to explain in detail about how you have touched their heart with a post that you have long forgotten about.

Well, some weeks are good.

Thank you for reading.

Happy Friday!

What can you learn from some of the best writers in history?

Brian Clark discusses how business people faced with the task of writing for marketing purposes can learn from Ernest Hemingway in his blog post Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well.

Ernest Hemingway was an American Author who had a strong influence on 20th Century fiction. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works, his books are considered classics in American literature.

Henrik Edberg gives advice on how to write better from one the most popular fiction writers of the last few decades: Stephen King. Henrik’s blog post is Stephen King’s Top 7 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer.

Stephen Edwin King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His books have sold more than 350 million copies, many of which have been adapted into feature films, miniseries, television shows, and comic books. King has published 54 novels, including seven under the pen name Richard Bachman, and six non-fiction books. He has written nearly 200 short stories, most of which have been collected in book collections.

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Writing to Heal and Open Up

I feel compelled to write. I often wonder why I feel compelled to write. I came across this article today that might have a partial answer.

Dr. James W. Pennebaker,  a professor in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and author of several books, including “Opening Up” and “Writing to Heal,” is a pioneer in the study of using expressive writing as a route to healing.

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