forresterNeedless to say the start of the new year hasn’t done much to jump start my writing for 2015. Not exactly sure what is going on. I have great ideas; just not sure why they aren’t coming out my fingertips. This weekend we watched the moving Finding Forrester. For those of use who know that the writing life isn’t all glitz and glamor, there are several messages and layers of messages to be gained from viewing.

There is a scene where the character William Forrester (played by Sean Connery), is sitting across from Jamal Wallace (played by Rob Brown). They are sitting at their manual typewriters and William is coaching Jamal on how to get started. William starts with this line that has stuck with me all weekend.

Forrester: “No thinking – that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is… to write, not to think!”

LOVE IT. Just write and don’t think. The words will start awkward, but then then themes will come.

Please share your thoughts.


I’m hanging out in a coffee shop in an open lobby writing. It’s fun to be deep in my novel world while there is hustle and bustle all around me. I digress. This man walks by and I found myself in a quandary. It was his gate that bothered me. He didn’t just walk, but I can’t find the right word. It wasn’t as heavy as a plod or a lop. He had a swagger to him, but it wasn’t as arrogant as John Wayne. There was a positive energy to him and he was moving too fast to be a saunter.

Do you have some words to help me describe the manner that a man who is seemingly friendly and engaging would walk through a lobby?

Any thoughts?

give a kid a book¬†Today our children go back to school. My “baby” is a freshman in high school and had to read Animal Farm this summer. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him experience and discuss a classic book. While he didn’t realize it, his mind was being awakened and he was learning to think critically about some very hard topics, like life isn’t always fair. He was also experiencing a new form of writing; one with symbolism and a greater meaning.

Obviously, I love to read and I do think the ability to read and understand the message is very important in the development of a young person growing into adulthood. Children and young people need to read a lot of different forms of writing and levels of literature. They may only ready a book of Hemmingway’s once, but it will change them. Or if they survive a Steinbeck book, they will learn something of another lifetime and culture. Oh, and let them know it’s ok not to like an author’s style. Just keep them reading and they will find the genre of interest.

To my friends who have small children and you think you are sick of reading the same book over and over. Do it! And make it fun for them, give the character’s funny voices and show gestures! Just wait until you high schooler is asking you the significance of Snowballs role to the other farm animals.¬† You’ll wish you were rhyming with Seuss.