Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every other Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:
I’ve been reading an interest book lately called The Book of Joy. It’s a book that is an interfaith dialogue between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, each an important figure in their respective religions, Christianity and Buddhism.
One of the things that has already stuck and inadvertently been applied to my own life as a realization of late is this:
Suffering produces joy.
What does this mean? Because it sounds contradictory. But think about it—women who have children go through the process of childbirth (pain), but are so happy to have the new addition to their family, that many women opt to go through extreme pain more than once in order to have more than one child.
But it hurts! Why go through it?
Because suffering produces joy.
So this week, we are going to talk a little bit more about how suffering through torment can actually bring you real joy. Continue reading →
Welcome to Writing Tip Wednesdays, where I post (you guessed it) tips on writing every Wednesday at 5:00 PM ET. This week’s topic:
So you’ve done it. You’ve successfully bled your writing onto hundreds of pages. You’ve somehow gotten the attention of a publisher. He’s given you a proposal deadline. You’re ready. You’ve trained for this. You’ve lived for this. You’ve dreamed of this. And now….now…
You’re totally not ready.
You know the deadline and suddenly every negative thought you’ve ever pushed past is back. …Which may look a little something like this:
But wait, this is supposed to be a good thing, right? Well, getting published is. But often when we are presented with the possibility of realizing our dreams, it can be overwhelming. So how do we combat that? Well, first, we have to address some questions… Continue reading →