Tag: education

Books, Reading, & Libraries

Let Them Read Books: Don’t Squash a Kid’s Love of Reading

Don't Squash a Kid's Love of Reading

I was in the library the other day, browsing through the adult fiction section. This little kid, about six years old, comes running up to her mother, a stack of books in her arms. I smiled because this kid looked like me when I was that age. I was always struggling under a pile of …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing Has a Learning Curve, Just Like Any Skill

Learning Curve

This week I went to visit a new writer’s group. Quite a few people there were lamenting their latest rejections (as all writers do), but one person’s complaint really struck me. “The rejection said my writing didn’t show the required skill for publication. How can it not? I’ve been writing all of my life. No …

Marketing & Platform Building, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Overwhelmed? Start With One Thing.

Overwhelmed

Before I hit my groove as a freelancer and novelist, I wasted a lot of years cowering under the table, completely overwhelmed by the idea of working for myself. I was scared of marketing and accounting, hampered by the fact that I knew nothing about either. Lengthy novels seemed like a marathon I’d never finish. …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Should You Take a Writing Class?

Writing teacher 2

People often ask me if they should take a writing class or workshop. Do I think it will be valuable for them? The answer is a nebulous, “It depends.” It depends on what you hope to accomplish, where you are in your career, and what types of courses are available to you. Over the years …

Random Generalizations & Observations

The Freedom of Knowing Nothing About Anything

Knowing Cactus

Okay, let’s get it out of the way before the sarcasm begins: Obviously the title of this article isn’t literally true. I do know a few things about many things. I couldn’t function in the world if I didn’t. And neither could you. We all have knowledge. What we generally don’t have is enough of …