Always be yourself

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.

~Bruce Lee

Writing Links Round Up(1)

Writing Links Round Up 9/12-9/17

Here are last weeks writing links that I tweeted out.

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Building Confidence As a …Writer

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Building confidence as a writer involves mastering the writing craft, sure, but it isn’t all about writing. And building confidence can be applied to all aspects of your life, not just the writing side.

I found an article recently that lists several ways to build confidence as a writer and I’m going to tackle one at a time as I feel they deserve more discussion than simple bullet points.

The first is to do something first thing each morning that makes you feel great.

My first thing is to greet the day. Now that I’m in my new place, I’m enjoying a wonderful deck and have taken to going out each morning to say “Good Morning, New Day”. After a few deep breaths and admiration of the view, I feel inspired. (I do something similar before going to bed, too.)

do-something-first-thing-each-morning-that-makes-you-feel-great-1It’s a simple thing, to acknowledge the new day –…

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Before you start some work

Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful. Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead.

~Chanakya

Writing Links Round Up(1)

Writing Links Round Up 9/5-9/10

Here are last weeks writing kinks that I tweeted out.

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Changes Aren’t Made in Our Comfort Zone

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push-out-of-the-comfort-zoneAh, the comfort zone. It’s cozy, isn’t it? We know what to expect, when to expect it, and can enjoy the freedom of no surprises.

It’s the life created that feels like a soft fleece sheet we can snuggle up with at any time. Or a room with invisible bars that keeps us protected.

We feel secure and content in our world.

It can feel great …for a while, but then it can start to feel uncomfortable, claustrophobic, scratchy, and too small. When the “uncomfies” arrive, you’re realizing that it’s time to open the doors and seek out something new and different — it’s time to make a change.

Purposely moving forward with change can be (and usually is) scary because we’re moving into something unfamiliar. But without change, nothing will, um, change. How can you learn something new, build your business, or move toward your dream if you don’t step out…

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And by the way

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

~Sylvia Plath

Writing Links Round Up(1)

Writing Links Round Up 8/29-9/3

Here are last weeks writing links that I tweeted out.

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August 2016 Book Reviews

Here are my book reviews for August 2016.

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I think history is continuous

I think history is continuous. It doesn’t begin or end on Pearl Harbor Day or the day Lyndon Johnson withdraws from the presidency or on 9/11. You have to learn from the past but not be imprisoned by it. You need to take counsel of history but never be imprisoned by it.

~Richard Holbrooke