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What’s in a Theme?

Frequently, when speaking with readers and other writers, the subject of theme or message comes up. What is the message of the story? What themes run through the story? What does the story say about the human condition? Themes are not always blatant or obvious. If they are, it may …

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You Only Live Once

Are you like me? Every day starts with a list of things that have to be done. Many people can get through their day with a mental list. I’m not one of them. I need my written list. After it’s written, it needs to be prioritized. And then stuff happens. …

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How to Seize the Day

Are you like me? Every day starts with a list of things that have to be done? Many people can get through their day with a mental list. I’m not one of them. I need my written list. After it’s written it needs to be prioritized. And then stuff happens. …

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The Writer’s Funk

Sometimes all of us, writers included, get in a state of being that’s been called many things. Some call it a funk. Others call it the valley of dry bones. Or the valley of the shadow of death. Recently, one blogger called the dark night of the soul. In baseball, …

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Time to Refocus

As you know from previous posts, I have a heart condition. A serious one. And sometimes it’s tempting to give in to it, to pamper myself, to let it limit my experiences and enjoyment of life. But I don’t. I want to live to the fullest, to enjoy all God …

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Living Revved Up

Do you ever get the feeling life is running out of control and you’re racing like a car in the Indy 500? And falling further behind the rest of the cars no matter how fast you go? And your pit crew looks like the Three Stooges on steroids? A few …

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Looking Behind, Looking Ahead

At the end of 2017, I took a few days to reflect. Not only on the year just ended, but also on the new one about to begin. Here are three questions that guided my time. What did I learn in 2017 that made me grow as a writer, and …

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Where Does Stress Come From?

Stress: a state of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existing equilibrium (Miriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition) If we’re breathing, we all feel stress. Something is always trying to disrupt our equilibrium. For many of us, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is …

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When in doubt…

Doubt is a fact of life for all us, writers included. Writing is, by its nature, introspective. Most of us create alone. This opens the door for all kinds of insecurity to creep in and whisper in our ears. Sometimes it’s as simple as wondering if I’ve taken the right …

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Thankfulness

An announcement for my faithful readers. This Friday, Journey to Riverbend will be free on Kindle. Click the link below to take advantage of this offer.   Thankfullness It’s that time of year when it seems everyone is sharing what they’re thankful for. And well we should. Too often, we …

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