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Building some momentum

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Hello, Write Edge readers! The kids are going back to school this week, which means I can feel the momentum starting to build. I get to return to a normal routine, and that means more time to write and edit.

We use momentum when we pursue our life’s passions. It’s essential; without it, our passions become simply past-times. For more on that, see the latest motivational quote on “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

Sometimes even the best of momentum gets us into trouble, especially if we let it take us in the wrong direction. I got to have a little bit of fun with that idea in my latest short piece. Here’s an excerpt from this week’s story:

The Brat Pack had claimed the corner booth, as they always did, but they were down a man. Jack scanned the three faces there and noticed that Tony hadn’t made it in yet. Maybe he was still on the beat. For a cop Tony sure knew how to take it easy when he was off duty.

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

In the middle of the week I’ll share a brand new review with you. Come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought about Holding by Irish author Graham Norton. You’ll find that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf!

On Thursday I’ll post new writing prompts for next week, and at the end of the week I’ll share my latest parenting adventures on Growth Chart.

Have a great week, readers!


In a sentimental sort of mood…

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Good morning, Write Edge readers! First, for all my desi (translation: Indian) readers out there, Happy Rakhi! Girls, I hope you have the blessing of a brother or brother figure in your lives and treasure that person. Guys, I hope you have the privilege of a sister or sister figure in your existence. She will keep you balanced, honest, and always humble. :>

Now, on to this week. I’ve been thinking about family and those who are like family a lot lately. This summer I got to attend my high school’s 20th reunion, which was an incredibly special event because of how close my classmates and I were. This fall I’ll get to see two dear friends from college. And during the holidays, I’ll spend time jet-setting between cities to see relatives who I haven’t seen in almost 15 years. It’s turned out to be one of those years, and I’m so grateful. Our family, after all, helps to determine who we are. For more on this, read this week’s sentimental quote from a celebrity on “A Writer’s Heartbeats.”

I got a little sentimental myself when I wrote this week’s short piece. Because it’s a flash piece, I won’t share an excerpt. Instead, read the whole thing now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop.

I think we’ll keep this theme of family, and nostalgia, running this week. On Wednesday I’ll share with you my review of a book about a family, although theirs was more of the dysfunctional mindset. Find out in the middle of the week what I thought of The Trophy Child by British author Paula Daly on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

This Thursday I’ll share the prompts I’m considering for next week’s fiction, and on Friday I promise to post those Growth Spurts. :>

Have a great week, readers!


August, here we come!

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Hello, Write Edge readers! Happy Monday. Here we are, on the cusp of another month. This summer has flown by, but the efforts at excellence continue. Any life passion we pursue requires a relentless approach. Keep going, keep pushing, keep striving for the best you can possibly do.

This pursuit for excellence really isn’t a difficult thing to understand. There are no secret formulas or concoctions that guarantee a person “makes it.” It’s just good old-fashioned hard work and persistence. The process for creative pursuits may not always be easily explained, but the path to success is. For more on that, go now to “A Writer’s Heartbeats” for this week’s motivational quote.

In addition to striving for excellence in our own efforts, it’s important to look to others who are working in the same areas as us. We can always learn from them and their high moments. That’s why I love featuring other writers; I always feel like I learn something. Today, the last Monday of the month, is the writers showcase. The pieces I have for you include some poetry and also a story or two to make you shiver in the best way possible. Read all of them in the writers showcase now on The Write Edge Writing Workshop.

On Wednesday I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Come back in the middle of the week to find out what I thought about The Marriage Pact by Michelle Raymond. You’ll find that review on The Write Edge Bookshelf this week!

This Thursday we go back to our regularly scheduled programming with writing prompts for Monday’s short fiction, and at the end of the week I’ll share the latest Spurts on Growth Chart.

Have a great week, readers!