Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Inspirational Quotes for the Pen

Writing has long been an isolated profession, tormenting its scribes with solitude and sorrow. Many of the world’s greatest works have been born from despair and loneliness. While this method of madness works for some, I find inspiration from splendor and companionship to call forth the written word.
From time to time, though, I find myself in the throes of despair and loneliness, too. And, on these days when I feel particularly alone and down-trodden, inspirational quotes help lift me up.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Elusive “Writer’s Voice”: How my LinkedIn colleagues helped me embrace mine

Voice: elusive, abstract, intangible.  Pretty much sums up how many of us feel about finding our writing voice!  I liken it to catching a butterfly, or defining love, or touching one’s soul; we know it’s there, we just don’t always know how to embrace it.  So, I posed the question, “How do you describe the elusive writer’s voice?” to my LinkedIn peers and what ensued were meaningful and insightful discussions.  I share a little from those conversations here…
Writer's Voice: The elusive butterfly

Why do some find “writer’s voice” so hard to define?

Our voice in writing doesn’t follow a specific set of rules such as those associated with punctuation, and it doesn’t fall into the predictable patterns we might find in spelling; voice, in writing, is as unique and diverse as those who write, which is what makes it so difficult to define.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Memoir Mechanics & Grammar: How structure in writing encourages freedom of expression

(This is the first of my series on Memoir Mechanics and Grammar)

Writing, as an act of self-expression, is fluid and flowing; for many, is it a liberating experience.  But, writing can also be restrictive when trying to impose all the rules that come with the written word.  With a little perspective on the conventions of writing, though, you can use your knowledge to manipulate these rules and break free from the confines that one normally associates with grammar and mechanics. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Four Pink Lines and a Strong, Healthy Pregnancy

This is the first in my series of blog posts celebrating my pregnancy as I journaled it through the eyes of my unborn son…

My mommy cries as she holds the second of four pink lines, proving to her that I am real.  I know they are tears of joy but I also know she is scared, terrified of losing me.  I wish I could tell her how strong I am and how ready I am to be her baby boy but I guess she’ll just have to come to realize that in her own time.  Until then, though, I can help remind her everyday just how strong I am.