Janie's Desk

Readers make leaders!

Magical and Sensual

Writer’s are generally very sensitive. Their senses observe, absorb, connect, and generate thoughts, feelings, and emotions, not only within their own minds and bodies, but when translated into detailed words, … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Heartbeat of the Brain, the Thoughts of the Heart

  Is the brain in charge? Well, of course, it is, it has to be. Right? Recently, I read the book, “The Heart’s Code” by Paul Pearsall, Pd.D. (Broadway, 1998). … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Downtime a Gift of Solitude

Writers, generally, by their nature are sensitive to most things around them.  They see what everyone else sees, but observes and thinks in ways no one else has thought.  It … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Are You Gifted?

Those of us in the arts field, generally, are drawn to a particular discipline early in life.  Do any of these traits sound familiar to you?  The sound of a … Continue reading

February 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

Creativity, What is it and Where Does it Hide?

  .   Creativity is everywhere around us, but it seems to hide at the moment when we need it the most.  Some think it is magical with a presence … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 1 Comment

Write What You Like to Read

Looking for a publisher?  Now, that is a hard one. Over the years, I have had students ask if I could find them a publisher for their finished manuscript. This … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

How Much Writing is Enough?

     I have always been a firm believer that if you are a writer, you must write every day.  Or, should I say, you do not have a choice, … Continue reading

August 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reflecting Reality

I am sure you have heard, show, don’t tell, over-and-over in your writing life.  What does that mean?  It is confusing.  How can you show something but not tell about … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Be a Hooker…

It is true, start your story with a hook or do not start it at all. Readers demand their attention to be snagged, just like a fish with a hook. … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Write What You Know…

Okay, you have heard this before, don’t write about anything you don’t know. Fine so let’s move on. No, wait, write what you know. That doesn’t mean just what you … Continue reading

July 29, 2013 · Leave a comment