Marketing Tips From Cheri Cowell
This sounds like a strange question–do you love what you do? But if we are honest, and if we’ve done this for any length of time, there are times in our writing journey when we can say we’ve fallen out of love with what we do. We’ve grown weary. If I’m describing you, I want to tell you that you are not alone. Here are a few things I’ve learned about being in this place.
By Cynthia Ruchti
When a young artist advances from drawing stick figures and squares-with-a-triangle-on-top houses, the artist learns about perspective and dimension. Perspective, light, and shadow add life to what had been flat paint or pencil lines on flat paper.
It’s the play of light and shadows that creates interest and definition. Light seems brighter when shadows are deeper. Small, intricate details–like the fine hairs on this plant–show up when visible against a dark backdrop of shadows. Light from above and to the right makes the smallest plant in the lower left look as if it’s glowing from within.
The play of light and shadows creates interest in the writing life, too.
– by Cheri Cowell
As the dog days of summer deepen, humidity builds, and it seems the summer is dragging on, one drawback of the profession we've chosen grows more intense. Loneliness is something we don't often talk about, but it is a reality that needs to be addressed so we can learn from each other and develop healthy ways to combat this tool the enemy uses against us.
Hi there, Sherry Kyle here, writing from my laptop in Central California.
Do you experience fog where you live? This morning as I drove my youngest daughter to the bus stop I could barely see thirty feet in front of me. When I returned home, I grabbed my cell phone and snapped these pictures.
I thought about how fog resembled the writing life. It takes a step of faith to keep pouring our hearts on the page. Some days it feels as if we're typing through fog.