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Friday, December 30, 2011

The Writing Life

I read a blog today that discusses the creative writing lifestyle (

Author Melissa Donovan nails it when she says "We get excited over things that put other people to sleep...".

I spent some time thinking about what excites the writer in me. First and foremost it's the story. I've learned to constantly listen and observe, to understand that - to me - the real story is always in the person, and to open my thoughts to what motivates that person. Because I respond to surroundings, I consider the setting of many stories as one of the characters.

It's a revolving door. The more I write about people, the more I want to learn about them. The more I learn about them, the more I want to write.

Writing is the gift that keeps on giving. I've become more aware of my surroundings, people I meet. stories I hear and other writers' voices. I find myself more tuned in to the world around me.

Visit to download a free copy of my e-book, Colors of Kindness, which contains seven short stories about people or stories that have touched me.

I love everything about writing from the computer keyboard to pencil and paper, from random ideas to researched topics, from readers and fellow writers to bookstores, book signings and presentations. I think many of the writers I've met are among the world's most fascinating people and I admire their creative spirit and benefit from their knowledge and energy.

I love reading as much as writing. In fact, one of my 2012 resolutions is to find more reading time. I attended several conferences last year and I learned from each. I'm always amazed at the talent that others so willingly share.

For all the readers and writers out there, I wish you a 2012 filled with fascinating stories, the motivation and discipline to read or write, and a year-long burst of creative energy and intellectual curiosity.


  1. Pat,

    Another great and inspiring blog. Here's to another year of writing and reading and getting to the truth in our work.

    Bubba says to tell Luke hi!



  2. Thanks, Kathy. We both have a busy writing year ahead of us. Here's to inspiration and creative thinking!