Counting my freedom blessings

Happy Independence Day to all my American readers. The words on the header for this post come from Reverend Samuel Francis Smith’s familiar lyrics: My country, ’tis of Thee,Sweet Land of LibertyOf thee I sing;Land where my fathers died,Land of the pilgrims’ pride,From every mountain sideLet Freedom ring. Today, I’m taking a moment to recount …

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Time to Count Those Blessings

Thanksgiving Day comes once a year. And I really should count my blessings more frequently than that. It’s disconcerting that I can easily focus on the bad things, the stressors, and making plans (that often don’t pan out), but when someone asks, “What are you most thankful for this year?” I need to think. Sometimes …

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Three Reasons I’m Not Attending the Writers’ Conference

Writing conferences are an essential step on the path to being a published author. But that doesn’t mean you should search for the nearest one and pony up the fee to attend. I’m a hope*writers certified writing coach. Hope*writers is sponsoring a writing conference in November. (Check out the details for live and virtual tickets.) …

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Every Writer’s Struggle: Mindset

Everyone struggles with something. Writer struggles take on a monstrous shadow that overwhelms our ability to create. The deep roots of many problems are in our mind. “I don’t know how to start” so the book is never started. “I don’t think it’s any good” so the book is never finished. “No one will like …

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Have you joined a writing community?

Community plays an important role in physical and mental health. For a writer, community is essential to move beyond the status quo. Or it was essential for this writer. For years, I attended classes and wrote in my spare time. Everything I dreamed up seemed fun and unique. I learned from the classes (most offered …

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