Outlining vs. Discovery Writing: Which is Correct?

There is much debate on the process of writing a novel.  Many traditionalists fall back on what we were taught in school---first create an outline and then fill in the blanks.  While others subscribe to the rule of having no rules. These writers just write, figuring out how their story will unfold as they move … Continue reading Outlining vs. Discovery Writing: Which is Correct?

Pushing Past Fear to Your Goals

I, by nature, am a shy person. Or, at least I was as a young girl. This shyness often contradicted my adventurous side that loved trying new things and taking risks. My parents couldn’t believe it when their shy little girl declared that she wanted to be an actress—only I didn’t use the word “actress”; … Continue reading Pushing Past Fear to Your Goals

Trust the Process

  Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.        - Robert Collier I have big goals this year, and I have to admit: I am struggling with the process—the process of getting this blog off the ground, writing my books, and getting fit. The process is taking … Continue reading Trust the Process

My Bright Light Living A-ha Moment

Bright Light Living is about my a-ha moment. Sometimes you can hear or see something repeatedly, but it just doesn’t register – I mean truly register – until you are ready to receive its true, impactful meaning . . . I am a middle child who lived a middle-class type of life. My mother raised … Continue reading My Bright Light Living A-ha Moment

Writing in the Zone

Do you remember when stereograms (like the one above) were really popular?  Stereograms are photos containing hidden 3D images that reveal themselves when the viewer focuses his/her eyes in a certain way.  I remember going to the mall and seeing photos of stereograms like the one above for sale. I would stare and stare and … Continue reading Writing in the Zone

The Percolation of Creativity: How to Get Creativity to Flow

I feel the words brewing, percolating, bubbling inside my head.  They are there in limbo. Waiting for the muse to take them to their fate.  I am inspired, but only in thought. In my mind’s eye, I can see a masterpiece, a celebration of creativity.  I feel the way the words touch and move others, … Continue reading The Percolation of Creativity: How to Get Creativity to Flow

How to Tap Into Your Creativity

I often say that it is a shame that we have to grow up. Children live and breathe creativity. They play, explore, and are curious about the world. Unfortunately, as we get older life gets hectic and we eventually lose our sense of imagination and innovation. Use these tips to tap into your creativity—trust your … Continue reading How to Tap Into Your Creativity