Writing is Hard!

I am so disappointed that I am not yet finished with my mystery novel A Bull By The Horns. I fully intended to have it published by now, but with a snag I’ve come up against in the plot, there is a good chance I won’t even have it finished until early 2015.  At least I have the comfort of knowing that I’m not the only writer who’s ever had to slog through the hard parts of this “job” that I love.

Lillian Hellman.gif“Nothing you write, if you hope to be any good, will ever come out as you first hoped.”

Lillian Hellman
American dramatist and screenwriter



Sean ocasey 1924.jpg“When I stepped from hard manual work to writing, I just stepped from one kind of hard work to another.”

Sean O’Casey
Irish dramatist and memoirist.

Write What You Want To Read

Surely all authors must do this, right?  I know I do.  Otherwise, where would be the joy in doing it?


“I write what I would like to read–what I think other women would like to read.  If what I write makes a woman in the Canadian Mountains cry and she writes and tells me about it, especially if she says, “I read it to Tom when he came in from work and he cried, too,” I feel I have succeeded.”

Kathleen Norris, on the publication of her 78th book

My Very Own Books

Sherlock Holmes may only be a figment of Arthur Conan Doyle’s imagination, but he plugged into reality with the statement below.  Which really good books of your very own did your writing life start with?  I collected the Hardy Boys and Bobbsey Twins series as a child, which is when I started writing.  I’m sure there were more books before then, but my best early memories are of my mom making up her very own stories for me at bedtime.

One story in particular sticks out. It was about a poodle that somehow got lost and the scene that lingers is the one where the poor dog had to pee and was embarassed at having to hide behind a bush to do so.  Hmm, I wonder if that’s why I had a shy bladder all through grade school?


It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.

Sherlock Holmes, 1887 to infinity and beyond

When the First is the Last

I usually need to find a great first line and first paragraph before moving on with my story, but it’s not unusual for me to find out later that the first paragraph wasn’t the beginning after all.  It seems great minds agree.


The last thing that we find in making a book is to know what we must put first.

Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662)