Honing talent one week at a time

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Hello, Write Edge readers! We’re chugging along through January. Here in Central Illinois, we’ve had some bitterly cold days but the temperatures will warm up later this week. Everything’s relative, right? So when the temperature was minus-7 this morning, and I look at the weather for the week and see a high of 38 for Saturday, I think, “Wow, look at how high it gets.” 😀

One thing that definitely keeps me warm is my writing, reading, and editing, all of which I get to do on a daily basis in pursuit of my dream: to be a published novelist. Some days I feel like the waking hours go by in a blur, but that’s because I know that in addition to talent a person has to have perseverance. That’s what makes dreams come true, above anything else. Talent, though, is a really good starting point, even if we’re not always sure where it comes from. But even the greatest of artists say that’s okay, as in this week’s motivational quote:

“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”—Maya Angelou

Speaking of perseverance, here’s an excerpt from this week’s new short fiction:

“Sorry, duckling. If the paps don’t get a day off, neither do you. They’ve been hanging out by the front gate ever since that video of you and Nathan went viral.”

She winced. “So that wasn’t a dream? Oh, god…”

“Nope, not a dream,” Ronnie said, and Alisha could tell without seeing his face that he was peeved. “What were you thinking, Ali?”

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

In the middle of this week, I’ll share a brand new book review with you. Find out on Wednesday what I thought of The Tenant by Katrine Engberg. You’ll see that review up on The Write Edge Bookshelf.

And at the end of this week, we’re back to parenting adventures. Teenage-dom has hit our house hard. Find out how on Friday on Growth Chart.

Have a lovely week, readers!


First parenting adventures of the year

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Hello, Write Edge readers! It’s the first Growth Chart of the year — and the decade! Today’s post might be a little shorter than others, but it holds an important realization for me. One that, I think, all parent readers of The Write Edge can relate to. Here’s a short excerpt:

Parents often say it, but it’s true: where does the time go?

Read the full post on Growth Chart now!

Have a wonderful, readers!


And into the new year we go!

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Hello, hello, my dear readers! A very happy new year to all of you. I realize I missed wishing everyone on the first day of this year and decade, and I apologize for that. It’s always a creative enterprise in scheduling when one is visiting family. Rest assured, however, that all of you are never far from my mind.

This year is an important one for me, in many ways. As longtime readers know, I launched the blog in the month of February so that’s what I count as the “new year” for The Write Edge. Next month I’ll go into more detail about what this new year means for me as a writer and a person. I can’t wait!

In the meantime, I’d like to start this first Monday post of 2020 with an encouraging quote. We often hear about amazing feats of science or the arts, and sometimes it feels like these individuals achieved all their success overnight or that what they’ve earned comes from a great deal of intrinsic talent. Neither is completely true, and I think the following wise words from a well-known American figure is the perfect reminder that dreams and goals are, without a doubt, worth working toward. You just can’t give up.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”—Stephen King

As I think about new beginnings and the new year, I’m reminded of my time in graduate school. Going to Northwestern and living in Chicago was a huge step for me, personally and (eventually) professionally. Today’s writing piece reflects all that and more. It’s a micro piece, so I won’t share an excerpt, but please do visit The Write Edge Writing Workshop to read the it. I hope it’ll offer you its own little bit of inspiration toward a new goal for this year and decade.

Next, it’s on to brand new books. Tomorrow sees the release of Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin. Come back on Wednesday to find out what I thought about this YA novel.

Finally, we go back to parenting adventures. I have a little gem of a story I’d like to share that reiterates (for me, at least) what a new year can mean. One of the greatest pleasures a parent experiences is watching their children grow, but it can often surprise us too. Find out more in Growth Chart on Friday.

Have a lovely first full week of 2020, readers!