Faulkner’s Advice to Writers

Stumbled across this press conference featuring William Faulkner from May 20, 1957. You may listen to it or read the transcript at The University of Virginia. Questions put to the author of As I Lay Dying include inquiries about advice to young writers. Though the question…

Not a Morning Person? This might help.

When you are told during childhood that you are a night owl, not a morning person – that you are more energized at night then during the day- for the longest time you stick to that identity like a gnat on an overripe peach. It also…

Journal Prompts for Aunts and Uncles

You are an aunt or uncle and you have read the tips for being the best aunt or uncle ever. Tip number six is to savor the moments. One way to savor the moments is through journal writing. The following writing prompts are not only to…

How does technology change our relationship to each other?

I’m just thinking about how communication technology changes behavior and how we relate to each other. We have talked about why vlogging is popular; we have discussed why your blog is necessary. They both boil down to communication – you are connecting with other human beings,…

How to Spot Opportunities

At Psychology Today, Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. teaches us How to Get Better at Spotting Opportunities. To spot opportunities, you must be promotion-focused. Says Dr. Halvorson, “You are promotion-focused when you think about what you might gain if you are successful — how you might end up better…

Introvert at the Theater [Stage or Movie]

You might enjoy a play or a movie, but how do you navigate the special circumstances which come with being an introvert crowded next to strangers in one spot, in the dark, for a couple of hours? The most challenging moments might come before and after,…

What is your scent?

A couple of years ago, I attended a weekend women’s conference. I was there to enjoy the company of friends, not really expecting much more than a restful mini vacation. While there, a speaker -whose name I wish I could remember- asked a question that has…

Date Headers for Your Journals

When organizing a handwritten journal or day’s log, many people enjoy writing the day’s date at the top. To help your eyes see the start of your day’s entry with the greatest of ease, many journal writers embellish the date or create a unique header. If…

An Introvert with Roommates (6 Tips)

Yours truly has had roommates, dorm mates, apartment mates, house mates, duplex mates… you name it. It was torture. Hello, I am an introvert. I’m not blaming my roommates; they were all fine. It’s me. It’s the way I am built – I need more solitude…

Journal Prompts for After Watching a Movie

Journal Prompts for After Watching a Movie What movie did you screen? Summarize the plot. What would you change about the plot? Why did you watch that movie? Where were you? Who was with you? Were there snacks involved? Which? Do you have a favorite actor…

Dale Carnegie on Why you Should Be Yourself

In Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, one of the seven ways to peace and happiness is to be yourself. Several times Carnegie tried to imitate others and failed. “…I set out to write what I hoped would be the best book…

A Custom-Tailored Life Restructures the Family Tree?

One December, I spent Christmas with family. I thought nothing of business and I stopping journal writing long enough to be in the moment, for once. I’m glad that I was, because I was attuned to an undergrad relative who clearly wanted to ask career questions.…

Journal Prompts for After a Play or Musical

Have you attended a play or stage musical recently? Here are a few journal prompts to get you started writing about your experience. Journal Prompts for After a Play or Musical Which Play/Musical did you attend? Where was the venue? What is interesting about the venue?…

Introvert at a Multi-Day Conference (15 Tips)

Conferences can be informative and enriching for you personally and professionally. However, they can be a bit draining for an introvert – one who, among other things, tends to find energy in solitude. Here’s how yours truly – an introvert- has navigated some of the multi-day…

What Kind of Writer are You? (and other questions from SARK)

Author Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy (AKA SARK) is someone whose books about writing and personal development are new to me. I’m currently reading her book, Juicy Pens, Thirsty Paper: Gifting the World with Your Words and Stories, and Creating the Time and Energy to Actually Do…

On Making Progress

The goal here is usually to write three times per week – Monday, Wednesday, Friday – for about a year, then scale back to once per week. I missed Wednesday due to pure fear. I have ideas, lists of things to talk about,  an editorial calendar,…

Journaling Q & A Part 1

Today I answer 3 frequently asked questions about journaling. Question 1 I’m worried about someone reading my journals after I die. My family will think I’m weird if they read what I write. What can I do? Answer 1 You are not alone. Many people ask…

Why is Vlogging Popular?

Entrepreneur Roberto Blake asks his guest “Why is Vlogging So Popular?” in this video: “How to Become a YouTube Vlogger: featuring Sara Dietschy!” You may click the link for their answers to the question. Here is my answer. Why is vlogging so popular? First, let’s define…

How to Be the Best Aunt or Uncle That You Can Be (In 6 Tips)

Are you a new aunt or uncle?  Congratulations! You are in for a real treat. This relationship can be a treasure for you and the little one. Yours truly has been an aunt for over a decade now, which means I know a lot of things…

Why You Procrastinate (& What to Do About It)

You have a goal to reach but you often procrastinate. Why? Let’s look at the three aspects of achievement,  go through the process of elimination and determine where the problem of procrastination might exis so that you can get started again. There are three aspects to…

Journal Prompts for Writing about Childhood

Hi! It’s Deborah. I’m part of a journal writing group on Facebook. One of the members mentioned that he has used old family photos as journal prompts. You start writing whatever the photo brings to mind and get a glimpse into your own mind, or record…

It’s Deborah. [Content Revamp]

04-29-2017 Let’s get real. One of the biggest blocks I’ve had to business success is believing that I am not an expert in anything. We are all expert in something, even if it’s merely being two steps ahead of someone in the blogging world or knowing…

1 Business Tip to Stand Out from the Crowd

Remain distinct from your competitors by creating the shortest distance possible between the client’s problem and the solution you offer. This is how your company remains remarkable even with stiff competition. The greater number of steps between the customer or client and her end goal, the…