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Blink — we’re halfway through the month!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Can you believe January is, essentially, halfway over? How are those New Year’s resolutions coming? What about those plans for 2019, the ones that help you pursue your life’s passion?

Sometimes, for the latter, we need a little motivation. That’s where our weekly inspirational quote comes in. Check out the newest one right now:

“I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time.”—David Copperfield, Charles Dickens

Sometimes when I write it turns out well; most often, the stories require another draft or two. But I keep writing, keep striving for excellence. That’s what the Writing Workshop is all about: the discipline to pursue that standard. To that end, I’ve posted this week’s short fiction. Here’s an excerpt:

The lights began to flicker, and a loud metallic bang made Kyle look up for a minute. Then he put his head back down. He never imagined he’d die in a plane full of strangers.

Read the whole piece now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll bring you a brand new book review. British thriller writer Fiona Barton is back with a brand new release next week, and I have a sneak peek for you on Wednesday. Come back then to read my review on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

At the end of the week I’ll share a brand new piece on parenting. I hope some of you other parents have a thought to share on this week’s post. Find out why this Friday on Growth Chart.

Have a wonderful week, readers!



Into the new year

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Happy new year, Write Edge readers! May 2019 be full of happy, healthy moments for all of you. For my writing friends, may it be full of well-rounded characters, plots with depth, and lots of publishing successes!

It’s the start of the week, which means our motivational quote. This one can apply to non-writing-related goals as well as those that require imaginary friends. :> Regardless of what dream you’re pursuing, remember to do it full-heartedly.

“Today carve out a quiet interlude for yourself in which to dream, pen in hand. Only dreams give birth to change.”— Sarah Ban Breathnach, author, philanthropist

I’ve also posted my first short story of the year. A writing discussion question led me to realize that I often write from a female protagonist’s point of view. I don’t know if I’ll be successful writing from a male protagonist’s POV, but I’d like to try it more often if nothing else to strengthen my writing skills. Here’s an excerpt of this week’s short story:

The movies don’t talk about what happens after the credits are done. When the house lights come up and you have to look the prisoner in the eye. Deal with the reality of that person’s crime.

My name’s Mike. I haven’t spoken to my father in 17 years. He was sent to prison when I was 5.

Read the whole story now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

In the middle of the week, I’ll have a brand new book review to share with you. Tomorrow is the release date of An Anonymous Girl by co-authors Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. They hit the bestseller lists with their previous collaboration The Wife Between Us. Come back on Wednesday to The Write Edge Bookshelf to find out what I thought about their latest novel!

Then, at the end of the week, we go back to some fun parenting adventures. My girls are growing up big and fast, and they’re getting smarter (and funnier) by the day. Check out some of their latest quips this Friday on Growth Chart!

It’s the start of a new week and a new year, readers. Make it a good one!


Happy new year’s eve!

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! As we close out 2018, I wanted to offer you a wish or two. This has been a year full of tumult for many, on many different levels and for a variety of reasons. In these times of chaos, it’s imperative that we hold fast to our dreams. When life, or world, events knock you down, gather some of the rubble and use it to build the foundation for your aspirations. Even the most sincere dreams require work, as we’re reminded in this week’s motivational quote:

“An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.”–Charles Dickens

It’s the last Monday of the month, so I’m sharing a few pieces that caught my eye. Achieving our goals truly is a group effort, and I believe in supporting the writing community. It makes sense, then, that I turn the focus to them. This month’s picks are a little tart, a little sweet, but definitely enjoyable for consumption. Find them now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop!

I’ll be taking the rest of the week off from blogging to spend time with family, but I’ll return next Monday with more stories, more book reviews, and more parenting adventures for 2019. Thank you so much, readers, for sticking with The Write Edge and its ancillary blogs.

I wish you a joyful, healthy new year.