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Friday, April 26, 2013

Tossing and Turning?

    When sleep eludes me and I find myself thinking of troubles, worries, and all that needs to be done the following day, I divert to my novel/s in progress.
     You'd be surprised to find how many great plots you can come up with as you wait for sleep to come. For some of us it might be a good idea to keep a pad and pencil on the night stand to jot them down, lest they be lost to grogginess after sleep finally comes.
    Thinking of stories and plots might also help prevent bad dreams. After all, most dreams are about the last things we think about. Who knows? A dream involving our stories in progress might even be a great inspiration!
    So, if after the warm milk, relaxing music, and ear plugs, you are still a bit restless before sleep, think of what your characters will do next. What changes can improve the plot. How to make the reader want to keep turning the page.
   And last but not least, think of your waking dream of getting that book published. Imagine it as a reality and you will fall into slumber with a smile on your face.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Inspiration through the printed word-

The privilege of writing inspirational fiction and Self-help books is that I have the opportunity to turn bad/sad experiences into redeeming and positive ones.
            Painful memories, whether from childhood or current, can teach us a thing or two about forgiveness and our own inner strength and resolve.
             Don’t you love to read a book that seems to speak to your personal struggles and gives you hope for a wider heart and a greater faith?  I know I do!  So, if I get the chance to write a story or a self-help book that can do that for someone else, well, that seems to be the main point of the gift I’ve been given…to turn inspirational words onto paper that can make a difference. However big…however small, doesn’t matter.  One drop of rain on parched ground is better than none.                                                                        
         Writing reminds me of sowing seeds. We scatter the seeds of our background into inspirational
stories and books. But we have no idea if they will ever reach the masses. But when those
transformed seeds sprout through the dark long hours of work and perseverance into an accepted novel or  self-help book featured on and Barnes and Noble, it’s time to rejoice. Our seeds now have the potential to be fruitful to many readers – to spread their sprouts into brokenness and sadness and bring hope and renewal.  Now, that’s an awesome power that words possess, if we use and bring them forth accordingly.   
          Some of my published words this far:     
Confronting The Bully of OCD - available on

Living With Pain - Twelve Practical Steps by Liquori from their web site.