Archive for the ‘Novels’ Category

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.” ― Virginia Woolf

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Day #22. I am a great believer in action. But sometimes I do too much. Sometimes I push & strive when what’s really needed is a little time to let thoughts percolate, to let the fruit of a story ripen before being picked. And, remember too, that you don’t need to add metaphorical glitter & bows in order to shine because you think what you’re doing isn’t enough. Readers love writing when the heart that created it resonates with their own. You don’t need to dress up your heart. Simply express yourself. This is all you can do. Trust that this is enough.

“Writing is the art of applying the ass to the seat.” ― Dorothy Parker

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Day #20. Whatever it is you want to do, whatever dream you want to fulfill, keep taking the steps to achieve it. It’s no use dreaming of being an author if you don’t write at least a few words every day. Don’t be put off by baby steps. Think of this: if you write a page a day for a year then you’ll have a novel by the end of 2015. A page a day for the next 89 days will give you a novella the size of Men, Money & Chocolate. Pretty good, huh? And, if you don’t want to write then you most likely won’t be applying your ass to the seat – probably quite the opposite – but the metaphor remains the same!

“Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.” ― Helen Gurley Brown

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Day #9. I waitressed for 12 yrs before getting published & for a few years after that! All the while, I made the mistake of comparing myself, unfavourably, to those writers I admired. Frankly, I still do. After all, I don’t earn enough to buy a house yet. I keep writing because I love it & because I’m still an apprentice. Being a novelist, like any profession, is a marathon not a sprint. And most artists/actors/singers/entrepreneurs have schlepped their way to success over at least 20 yrs. It’s wise then, when you’re in the early stages of your chosen vocation, not to compare yourself to those who’ve already crossed the finish line.

“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Day #2. Wishing is essential. It’s the whisper of desire in our hearts. But, wishing is not enough. At some point action must be taken. If you wish to be a writer, you must write. And re-write. You must contact agents. And, if plan A doesn’t work, you make plan B. It’s not enough simply to write & wish for something wonderful to happen. Wishing takes as much energy as action does. So, once you know what you want, don’t waste energy in wishing, channel it into actions that’ll make those wishes come true!



“Nature never repeats herself. The possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.” E. Cady Stanton

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Day #1. I wanted to be a writer because of Daphne du Maurier. But reading her books was a both blessing & a curse. The sheer brilliance of her stories inspired & intimidated me. And then I discovered a secret. I didn’t have to be like her to be brilliant. I am uniquely me & so those like me will enjoy what I write. Others won’t. It doesn’t matter. If you write from your heart you will find your readers. Just like du Maurier did.


“It’s far easier to start something than it is to finish it.” ― Amelia Earhart

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Beginnings contain good intentions. We rarely begin thinking we’ll give up when it gets difficult. But we often underestimate the energy & effort it’ll take to complete something. We also underestimate the impact giving up will have on our self-esteem. If we fail to finish, it matters. In quitting we’re dismissing our desires & breaking our word with ourselves. The trick is not to start things lightly, be it a novel or an exercise class, & not say “yes” before you’ve investigated what it’ll entail. You’ll feel a lot better if you only start a few things but always finish them. Knowing you can trust yourself is a great thing indeed.