A Writer’s Tools…

Besides having a creative imagination (and patience) I found the following books to be quite useful and who knew there was an Emotional Thesaurus out there?

From Writer’s Digest:










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From Amazon.com


One of the biggest problem areas for writers is conveying a character’s emotions to the reader in a unique, compelling way. This book comes to the rescue by highlighting 75 emotions and listing the possible body language cues, thoughts, and visceral responses for each. Using its easy-to-navigate list format, readers can draw inspiration from character cues that range in intensity to match any emotional moment. The Emotion Thesaurus also tackles common emotion-related writing problems and provides methods to overcome them. This writing tool encourages writers to show, not tell emotion and is a creative brainstorming resource for any fiction project. (source click here)

What is YOUR inspiration?

I am currently in the process of seeking an agent.  Can be a daunting process but as long as you follow submission guidelines, respect their time, and ensure that your story is ready then go for it!

I was digging through some of my older posts regarding my personal passion for the written word and came upon this article written about me from the St. Louis Writer’s Guild.  If you are frustrated, trying to find your way, please read what I had to say and do not lose heart:


How do you motivate yourself? How do rejections affect your writing? Janet Terrell wrote the following article on motivation for St. Louis Writers Guild.

From the time I was thirteen years old I had an urge to express myself. I used to write out my stories longhand. Then my father gave me an old Remington typewriter, the kind that had the horrid dual ribbon with the black stripe on top and the red on bottom. Even though it was a labor of love, I still sometimes wondered what motivated me to write.

What I have found from my own personal musings is that writing is more than putting words to paper. It takes a lot of thought, time, and energy. I have asked myself many times: What motivates a person to write, to expose their soul to the world? What compels a writer to express his or her views and ideas in characters and a storyline? Most important, what encourages a writer to persevere through the highs and lows of the writing process to reach the end of a story, or what’s even more challenging, a novel?

For me, motivation comes from inspiration, and inspiration arises out of my surroundings. I typically write in an environment that evokes my creative juices. I tend to gravitate towards calm places away from my family and cat. I love sitting on my bed with my laptop, door shut, allowing my mind to focus on the task at hand.

I began my first novel more than twenty years ago. I had watched the television mini-series North & South. I was inspired. This movie was all I needed to embark on my venture into the world of Historical Romance. However, what I found from reading a variety of this genre is that I do not like heavily laden novels dripping with sex or drowning in too many historical particulars. I had heard that one should write what one loves to read and so I was motivated to create historical romances that combined sex and history without overdoing it.

One of the ways I motivated myself to finish my first novel was by listening to inspiring music. The soundtrack to the movie Gladiator did it for me. Each song has its own special theme. I wrote my scenes to the music, thinking of various ways to bring out the meaning to the reader.

On a more personal level, I was inspired to share my work with the world. There is little in life that is more disquieting than the prospect of sharing one’s work with others. There is the potential risk of rejection from agents and publishing houses, however, a writer who is true to his or her craft will persevere. Even if he or she receives tons of rejection letters, they can be regarded positively. Rejection slips are nothing more than an opportunity to redirect energy into improvement. My advice is that a writer seek out any weaknesses, address them, and move on.

Sometimes the publishing industry can make a writer feel defeated. However, it’s important to realize that rejections are not always an indication of the quality of one’s writing. Sometimes perfectly good work is just not marketable at a given point in time. Sometimes a publisher has recently released something very similar. A writer seeking commercial publication should expect some difficulties finding a publisher. Self-publishing one’s work is a now a popular option given the advancements in technology that make it easier and less costly. Many new authors find this route easier. However, I highly recommend that those who choose to self-publish hire an editor to ensure a quality product.

What motivates one person to complete a novel may not work for another. It is incumbent upon writers to discover the circumstances that best stimulate their personal motivation to write. For myself, I allow all of my five senses to completely encompass me. Writing is not just placing words on paper from my point of view; it is a full body experience where emotions are caught up in the moment—not unlike a characters’ emotions are caught up in a romance, a loss, or rejoicing. Writing, to me, is not something that can be forced. Genuine creativity comes when the spirit and mind work in harmony, and that is where I find my motivation is at its peak of power.


What is this life?

Disraeli said: “Life is too short to be little.” […] often we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. … Here we are on this earth, with only a few more decades to live, and we lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievances that, in a year’s time, will be forgotten by us and by everybody. No, let us devote our life to worth-while actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections and enduring undertakings.

When I was a young adult I read Dale Carnegie’s How To Stop Worrying And Start Living  the book changed my life and I don’t say this lightly. I have seen how worry can eat at a person’s soul and robbed them of quality of life. QUALITY.

How can any person spend their days consistently worrying about issues which are simply out of their control? If you can change something then do it. Don’t fret about it…bitch about it…sit and do nothing. Go out there and make it better!

Sure there are times we hate our positions in life, even Mr. Carnegie did but it’s what you do with these feelings which attests to your own strength of character.  You have to want the change, be courageous.  Nothing can upset me more than seeing a person full of potential fretting over something that they can either 1.) Change or 2.) Let go.  And even then I realize I should simply let them go but yeah…it can be hard when it’s someone close to you.

Realize that our life is finite and in this time allotted to us we should do our very best to create a fulfilling and meaningful life:

Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course
Lie all the verities and realities of your existence:
The bliss of growth
The glory of action
The splendour of achievement.
For yesterday is but a dream
And tomorrow is only a vision,
But today well lived makes yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation to the dawn.


The hypocritical

It’s ironic how you can meet some individuals who profess honor and integrity (especially if they wear the military uniform) yet their actions speaks louder than words.

You know the type–all talk yet when you analyze their actions, what they do actually belies their creditability.

I am not 100% perfect-though strive to be  :) seriously though if you cannot back up your words with what you actually do why even bother letting them out…I cannot stand individuals who say one thing yet do another.  It shows a lack of character.  Integrity is losing its meaning, it’s grasp on allot of today’s individuals has become foreign.

A good book to read is Where Has Integrity Gone?

Their Summary:

Have you ever heard people brag about how they fibbed a little and got the best end of a deal? The storyteller makes himself look like the smart guy and the victim the dummy. One man tells of fibbing to the police officer and getting out of a ticket. Another boasts of collecting a little extra insurance by pointing to prior damage on a vehicle—damage that was not a part of the accident being investigated. Someone relates that he bought a gift for his girlfriend and claimed it as a business expense. Lying and cheating have become common practice for many people. Is this a laughing matter, or does it represent a serious decline in moral standards? Is dishonesty just a clever way to get ahead, or will it lead to a bitter harvest for our society? Schrock clearly addresses this malady from a biblical perspective.


The moral practices of today’s society is questionable. Actions can be found at work, play–with family.  Lying, deceit becomes the norm.  Whatever can bring about a “quick fix” or some type of self-gratification.  What does this say about us, in general, when it comes to the decline of our moral society? Where are we headed?

Settling for “Mr. Good Enough”

As I was scanning CNN.com as I usually do to catch up on the latest news (and no that’s not my only source) this article regarding the all elusive right fit (when it comes to relationships) caught my eye–and a question is posed…a question which seems to plagued individuals who are in their 30’s and 40’s who seem to either avoid commitment or unable to discover their “soulmate”:

…the question is: Is getting less than everything we want truly settling? And more important, semantics aside: Is getting anything less than everything we want going to make us less happy? The answer is no, and it probably will make you more happy.

I don’t understand why people would be upset over this book.  To me it makes allot of common sense.  Be R.E.A.L.I.S.T.I.C.!!

There are just as many picky men as they are women.  I think the key is to ensure that the core values you are seeking in a partner are not compromised but say for example they don’t meet your exact height requirements or he doesn’t have “the job” you aspire to be married to etc…..I wonder when people go out do they have this mental checklist they tick off while “interviewing” on the first date.

Going on a first date is difficult enough….why can’t people relax and just have a good time and if all goes well, see what can happen.  But don’t mark someone off so readily because they do not meet every single item on that “list.”


The desert could not be claimed or owned—it was a piece of cloth carried by winds, never held down by stones, and given a hundred shifting names before Canterbury existed, long before battles and treaties quilted Europe and the East…. All of us, even those with European homes and children in the distance, wished to remove the clothing of our countries. It was a place of faith. We disappeared into landscape.

The English Patient

Jane Austen

Who could not love Jane Austen?

The first book I read as a teen was Jane Eyre. I have always been spellbound by the rich characters penned  by Charlotte Brontë (correction) and their observations of the class system in England, the basic nuances regarding love and trying to make sense of the world at that time.         

I still hold Jane Eyre with high regard however I also enjoyed the following books by Jane Austen and one should find time to read such fine fiction when the opportunity arises:

1.  Sense and Senseibilty

2.  Pride and Prejudice

3.  Mansfield Park

4.  Emma

A favorite childhood book of mine

Every time I read it it’s hard not to cry:

Love You Forever

“I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.” Later, the role is reversed and he holds his elderly mother and says “I’ll love you forever I’ll like you for always as long as I’m living my Mommy you’ll be.”

Attraction Principle #51

I had blogged about this book before Why Men Love Bitches and if you are interested as to why Ms. Argov call women by this name read the former post.

Well, Attraction Principle #51 states that:

The Relationship may not be for you if you find yourself jumping through hoops.  When something is right, it will feel easier and much more effortless.

And she is right…when you are the one who is always making the sacrifices (which can include giving up your own hobbies, time with family and friends) and he is sitting back and enjoying the work then really…what kind of relationship is this?  Are you willing to give up your total identity to someone when the return on the investment is miniscule?  Life is short, and we have little precious time to waste as the author states.

Sure any relationship is tough…who says it is easy but there has to be balance.  And yes, I have seen men in the reverse situation where they give and give and their investment return is just as lacking.

For me, I think it’s all about balance with the partners.  Finding the medium ground where the two of you can work together.

And who wants to be attracted to a doormat?

Certainly not me.