Tag Archive | priorities

My Word of the Year

My Word of the Year

My word of the year is Finish. I’ve assessed where I am in my writing journey and what I’m missing is a backlog of finished polished manuscripts. I’m reading Jon Acuff’s Finish. Or rather I have been but put it aside the past couple of months. As a goal/oriented person, I have an endless number […]

Top Five Ways to Sideline your Writing Career

Top Five Ways to Sideline your Writing Career

5. Ignore Critiques Don’t listen to the haters. Anyone who says anything negative about your writing is clearly jealous of your potential success. Chances are you know more about writing than they do, and besides, you know what you’re trying to say and how you want to say it. Anyone who gives you suggestions is […]

Learning to Say No

Learning to Say No

I’m not good at saying “no.” I have horrible boundaries, and I often let people take advantage of me. Most of the time I don’t mind. Usually it’s something I enjoy or am happy to help out with. Like my job at Splickety. That came about because I asked the founder if there was anything […]

Living with our choices

Living with our choices

At writers’ conferences, I frequently meet people who waited until they retired to start writing. That really helps me get over the feeling that it’s taken forever to reach publication with my own book. But we all live with the results of our choices. Those older writers chose to focus on their careers. That’s a […]

Only you can write your book

Only you can write your book

When I worked at the newspaper, I occasionally got calls when I was on vacation from someone back at the office who was unable to do something because I was the only one who knew how to do it. Not that I was the only one capable, mind you. Just the only one who knew, […]

Be willing to disappoint people

To carve out time to write, those of us with day jobs and families and ministries have to figure out what to say no to. Let’s be honest. We have to figure out whom to say no to. Because behind every entry in our calendars are people who expect something from us, rightly or not. […]