Win a Copy of My First National Release (in Chicken Soup for the Soul)!

For those of you who don’t receive my newsletter (yet), you may not have heard that my story, A “Be-the-Gift” Birthday, was chosen out of thousands of submissions to be included in the upcoming release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Random Acts of Kindness.  It hits bookstores next Tuesday, February 7th, and in celebration, I am giving away two, free copies to my readers at Whispers of Worth. All you need to do to enter the drawing is leave[Read more]

On Being Resolute and Writing a Book in 2016

This year I am writing a book.  There, I’ve said it.  After taking a few months(?!) off from blogging and intermittent breaks from my greatest distraction in life (Facebook), I have found my desire to write is stronger than ever.  To think I have dreamed of becoming a published author for thirty years but not achieved it yet is confounding to me. This year, I aim to change that, once and for all. Fiction or Non-Fiction? I have been writing[Read more]

Writing Through Writer’s Block . . . and Finding Him

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I have opened a new post entry almost daily for two weeks, and each time, the blank screen inside terrifies me.  I approach it with dread, knowing that the words won’t come- again.  No new thoughts, experiences, insights, observations spur my fingers to action.  I wonder if I will ever write another blog post. To avoid this belief, I search through the thousands of themes available, in hopes of updating my site and giving it new life and purpose.  I[Read more]

4 Steps to Writing 500 Words Daily

We are continuing with our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  This is my personal list, but I hope that you will find at least one or two that resonate with you and offer some helpful suggestions.  So far, we have covered Workouts and Worship and Homeschooling.  Today, we are looking at writing 500 words daily.  So, whether you are an established or an aspiring writer, this one’s for you:) 4. Write something, at least 500 words in length. Does 500[Read more]

How I Completed Jeff Goins’ Potty Train Your Passion Challenge (#PTYPC)

This Saturday, while resting on our back patio with a slight stomach malaise and soaking in the welcome warmth of the sunshine, I found Jeff’s Potty Train Your Passion Challenge.  Just moments before, I had been reading his new book, The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do, and I was compelled to forge ahead with a dream I was holding back on.  I took a couple of first steps, discovered his challenge, and[Read more]

Finding My Way With Writing

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Recently, I have jumped into the world of professional writing.  Instead of writing for myself, I registered on Upwork (formerly oDesk) and have taken on a few, diverse jobs this past month. I’ve found it to be a positive experience because 1) it pays and 2) it is revealing my strengths and passions as a writer. The first job I got hired for was a dream.  For $50, I read someone’s manuscript and offered feedback.  I took sections and rewrote[Read more]