Some of my favorites…

In August of 2011, I set out to become a better writer. I figured that to be a better writer I needed to write. So I chose to write a story a week.

Most weeks I don’t like what I write, but every once in a while I am proud of something in my stories. It may be the heart of the story or a single sentence, but in each of these I have found something that makes me think, “Maybe I can do this writing thing.”

This thought eventually became a unwavering belief. (Okay, maybe a little wavering) In January of 2013 I quit my job, sold my house, and am taking a year to do everything I can to write a great piece of fiction and get published.

The Stone (Sometimes we all need to be reminded)

The Error (For all the writer’s out there. The greatest encourager you can ever have is yourself.)

A Thousand Reasons

The Librarian (For Yami & all those who have wondered why they are going through what they are going through)

The Gift (I love a great ending)

The Hallway (This one is for you Mr. Asimov)

Weeds (A wise man once said that the purpose of writing is to entertain and instruct. I’d like to think this one does both.)

The 4th of November (No one seems to get the heart of this one, but I don’t care. I love it.)

The Second (I am a romantic at heart)

The Choice (You may not, but I thought it was funny)

Brothers

Dear Addiction (Someday I hope to write something that will go beyond entertainment and help change a life.)

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7 comments

  1. “…but to become a better writer I have to write.”

    I know this. But reading it here has made it sink in even more. It’s not just saying it; it’s practicing it. This blog is a great example of that. Simply inspiring…

    Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much. I can honestly say that as I look over my stories from the past 9 months I can see clear evidence of improvement in my writing. I am happy that my plan is working, but not satisfied. I have a long way to go to become the writer I hope to be. Thank you for your encouragement. It is fuel for me to keep going. I hope to see you with me atop the mountain of success someday!

  2. “…I am proud of something in my stories. It may be the heart of the story or a single sentence…” I often feel this, but have never thought of singling these points out before. A very positive way to think. Good for you!

  3. Amazing way to put it all in perspective. You need not love each and every word. If you can find something, well then my friend, you’ve got a place to begin!

  4. This is an awesome, awe-inspiring goal. I can’t imagine working at that pace– but I DO imagine you’re coming away with some absolute gems, raw or polished. Good on you and I look forward to seeing your work!

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