I started something this morning, and as I usually do, I thought of how it related to writing. As my About Me says, I am also a homeschooling mother of two. They are boys who are 15 and almost 13 and are entering the 10th and 7th grades. This will be our seventh year of homeschooling, and I have embarked on the planning phase of our studies. That involves getting all the books out that I have bought for them and planning how many lessons we are going to do each week and planning out what our schedule for the new school year will be. It is so nice to feel more settled this year as we had just moved to Birmingham at the beginning of last year. Anyway, not only do I plan out what the school schedule is going to be for each of them; I plan out what my schedule for the year will be. This schedule usually includes: what times I will be working with or teaching each child, household matters such as cooking, cleaning, paying bills, and whatnot, exercise,  and for the first time this year, I will place a specific time for writing in my schedule.

Now, I will tell you how writing relates to planning. There are some who say they are going to write, but never get around to it because there are always so many things that can get in the way. But if you have a specific time set aside to write, there is not a whole lot that can get in the way of that because it’s on the schedule. I know some of us who write don’t like to get caught up in planning because they are waiting to be inspired, so to speak. 🙂  For me at least though, I find I get my best writing done when I am actually in a writing time.

Until next time, be real!!!!!!!!!



Doing it Yourself

For those of you who live in the United States and keep up with the news, there has been a lot of publicity over something the current president said about business owners—essentially that they didn’t build their businesses themselves, that they didn’t put in the effort themselves. It was only because of the government that their business was successful. This is a paraphrase, but is essentially the general idea.

Now, leaving the political discussion behind for a moment, I thought of how that could affect those of us who write. What if people who write didn’t put in the effort to write? How much would our society lose if that happened? I believe that can already been seen in the general writing skills of the population–poor grammar, poor organization of thoughts, and the abbreviated way we express ourselves on the Internet. Is that the fault of the educational system not putting the time in to teach proper English skills? Is that the fault of the home with two parents working and not requiring more effort out of their children? As a parent of two children, I always try and be cognizant of the things I can do better, and this would be one of them, that doing it yourself, mastering a skill yourself is always more satisfying than letting someone do it for you.

What do you think?

Until next time, be real!!!!!!

Write about your Passions

I know a lot of us who are writers are interested in eventually getting published, and what that involves is someone thinking that whatever we have written is going to be the next big hit. And while we should pay attention to the audience we’re writing for, I believe that being passionate about what we’re writing plays a big part in this. If you are writing about an experience that is close to you or a story that has captured your heart, you have more invested in making your writing interesting. This also helps in pushing through the inevitable writer’s block and through the rejections that all writers receive.

So, what do you do to reflect your passions in your writing? How do you make your writing interesting if it’s not something you’re passionate about? There are things that I’ve read that aren’t interesting to me at all. But, I know if they’ve been published in some form or fashion, they are interesting to someone. Would really like to hear your thoughts.

Until next time, be real!!!!



Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

For the last several days, I’ve been thinking about what I want for this blog, and that is why I haven’t posted anything. Still working on some stylistic issues too and hope to have those resolved in the next week or so. But there were events last night which caused me to doubt myself and my hopes and dreams of writing which is why I am here this morning trying to resolve them by writing.

Have you ever had someone close to you say that your dreams are silly or unworthy or any other term that was not encouraging? Or even to imply those things, not necessarily saying them, but saying enough for you to know that was what they meant? Well, it happened to me, and I’m trying to sort it all out. I talked with my husband for a long time too, and I realized something. When that happens, we need to find people that support us and that believe in us no matter what. It doesn’t matter if they’re in real life or online. It’s just important that we have the support especially as writers since writing is such a solitary endeavor.

So, for those of you who are reading this, I would like to know where do you get that support when you feel discouraged? When you can’t find the right thing to say? When someone tells you that your dream of writing is not worthy to be considered a dream? And most important, how do you get rid of the negative influences? I really appreciate all of you who have taken the time to read this.

Until next time, be real!!!!