Category: Writing

Destroy, in Order to Thrive

“How do you feel about destroying what must be destroyed in your life?”     ~Danielle LaPorte As I struggle to find my focus and purpose for this re-launch of my writing career, I am thinking a lot about what I must first let go of. The good news is, I have never gotten far […]


Turning “Plan B” into “The A Plan”

Life slammed me sideways again last month. And when my best friend asked, “What are you going to do?” I answered with confidence, “Pull together a Plan B and land on my feet. What else? It’s what I do.” And it is what I do. I piece together whatever I have to in order to […]


Writing is Intuitive

I read an article about the need for writers to trust their intuition a few weeks ago (read it for yourself here) and it got me thinking about the role of intuition in my writing process. I have always been an intuitive writer in my fiction projects, but not as much so in nonfiction. Or […]


What Do You Write On? (Or: The Joys of Journals!)

For many, many years, I wrote everything on lined, 3-hole punched notebook paper. After all, that is what teachers require, right? The REALLY picky ones ban all paper with messy, spiral-bound edges too! I wrote everything for work and school in blue or black ink because, again, that was required. But somewhere along the way, […]


Mission Stories: An Update

This will be a very short post. Because, frankly, there isn’t much to say. 🙁  Ihave begun the research of the missions in So. Cal. as those are the ones we are planning to visit and write stories for first. My parents are camping in Oceanside for the next month, and there just happens to […]


YA Fiction: Books that Inspire

Many adults enjoy reading YA fiction, in spite of criticism from other adult readers saying that they need to “grow up,” and “quit living in the past.” But is that really the reason that adults read YA? Is it a fair assumption that adult readers are developmentally stunted or nostalgic for their youth? I, for […]


We’re baaaack!

Yep, took a month or so off and spent some time evaluating where we’re at and where we’re going here at Strong Minds Publishing. Our first love is YA LITERATURE! Woohoo! So the decision is to start some conversations that matter to young adults. Of course, many adults will also find the conversations interesting, but […]


Summer Distractions

When the idea struck me for this post, it was loaded with the intention of writing about strategies for dealing with distractions. And now 5 days have gone by in which I’ve gotten nearly ZERO writing done, proving beyond a doubt that I don’t have any effective strategies for beating distractions. Then this morning on […]


17,200 Days and Counting

That’s how many days I’ve been alive. How many days have you lived so far? Go to www.therobertd.com and use the calculator on the home page to find out. Go ahead! I’ll play a game of Freecell while I’m waiting… Oh good, you’re back! You probably noticed Robert D’s book while you were visiting the website, […]


Creating Routines

What an oxymoron the title of today’s post is! As an obsessively creative person who gets bored easily, routine is the last thing I want to create. Or use. Or even think about! But without a minimal amount of routine in my life, everything becomes unmanageable. So, what to do? Establish routines that meet 2 […]


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