Category Archives: inspirational people

Power of the Written Word

This week: “What are the nicest or most inspiring things people have said or written about your writing? How did it affect you?” This is something that I never expected to experience, but let’s start with “How did it affect … Continue reading

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Heeeere, Shippy, Shippy, Shippy!

This week:  If, suddenly, after all your years of writing, your “ship” finally came in and your titles were receiving wide acclaim (and sales… and INCOME), what would you like to do with that “positioning” to help aspiring writers? That’s … Continue reading

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Gladys Aylward: The Little Woman

Since the first time I saw it on TV as a teenager, one of my favorite movies has been “Inn of the Sixth-Happiness”, with Ingrid Bergman, Curt Jürgens and Robert Donat.  I bought a VHS tape of it when as … Continue reading

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Slices of Life

Question: Have you ever used real-life experiences in your writing? Answer: Often. I have a very good imagination. I can write about experiences which have never crossed my path. I’ve had them published and I have received awards, but… with … Continue reading

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Subleties

I have always been aware of how a simple gift can lift a spirit, how a kind remark or compliment can make a day, or even be remembered for years by the recipient. I also know that a mean action … Continue reading

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Shoot For the Moon

“You’ve been asked to ghostwrite an autobiography for someone famous; you get to spend two weeks with this person as they tell you stories and details of their life. Who do you hope that celebrity is?” Oh, gosh, so many … Continue reading

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Shadowing a Celeb

Our Tuesday Fox presented this scenario: You’ve been asked to ghostwrite an autobiography for someone famous; you get to spend two weeks with this person as they tell you stories and details of their life. Who do you hope that … Continue reading

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Tod Edit, or Not To Edit – Testimonials

In my travels around the world… of reading, I have encountered the world of short, testimonial anthologies. Most of you are familiar at least with the premise of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books: people submit their personal stories … Continue reading

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Overheard, But Not Remembered

“Have you overheard a conversation and added it in some way to a story?” Apparently, this was a suggestion of mine and again, one that I wish I had made notations about when I thought it up. I cannot think … Continue reading

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How Full is Your Glass?

Our question of the week is one that I posed: “Do you consider yourself an optimist or a pessimist? Why do you think you lean that way?” My knee-jerk response to this question is that I’m an optimist. I guess … Continue reading

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