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The Power of a Story

Powerful Photograph

Photos can be poignant, powerful, or precious glimpses of a moment in time. Each one tells a story. Usually, the story is more than the caption you might see. Far more. If you were to browse through “75 Iconic Photos,” you will agree. The picture above is only one of them.

What observations do you make as you see a photo? What questions rise? Do you see fear on the woman’s face? I see joy mingled with something else. Is it hope perhaps? And what about the soldier whose face we see most clearly? Wonder? Respect?

Some photos strike us with a sense of irony, or even indignation and ire. Sometimes a photo does nothing more than make you smile. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

In creative writing, we can try to make our stories like a picture. A powerful and poignant picture that brings you a sense of wonder, makes you smile, or brings tears to your eyes. A snapshot that invokes a feeling, exposes your emotions or opinions, or opens your eyes to something you have never seen that way before.

This is the power of a photograph, and it is the power of a story.

A short story is also like a scene rather than the whole movie playing. Think about some of your favorite scenes in movies. Scenes that caught the essence of a movie somehow.

The character William Wallace shouting “Freedom” at the end of the movie Braveheart. If you did not see the rest of the movie, you would know that he was a man willing to die for what he believed, and you would probably have a feeling of satisfaction, as well as a wish that you somehow knew more about the story, more about that person.

Or Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society, standing on the desk and telling his students about seeing life from a different perspective. He urges the class, “We must constantly look at things in a different way.” That scene catches the essence of the movie. You see a teacher fully engaged with his students, urging them to step out of the confines of what they see and know wand embrace life. You see the faces of students responding, with wonder, disbelief, desire. You know, intrinsically, that he will change their lives.

That is the power of a scene. The power of a story. Or it can be, if we know how to write it right.

[Reposted from Clovis Adult Education Blog]


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A Kiss in the Dark

Stephen King quote on writing

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Posted by on September 9, 2014 in Quotes, Short Stories


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Faith is Taking the First Step

Quote by Martin Luther King Jr

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Posted by on August 29, 2014 in Faith, Quotes


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Work from Home Lesson 11: Take the First Step

take the first stepIf you’ve been following this series on working from home over the past 11-or-so weeks, you might be thinking, “Working from home sounds like a great option for me. But when should I start? I don’t know if I’m ready, or if now is the right time.”

The truth is, there will never be a “perfect” time. I considered waiting on working from home until I earned my English degree. I also thought that perhaps I could better focus on developing a work-from-home career once all my children were in school. Perhaps you’re busy planning for your teenagers’ graduation, or you are still in school. Maybe you are waiting until you have enough money saved up enough to quit your present job. Or it simply does not feel like the stars are in alignment; things don’t seem to be lining up in your life.

The pins will never all be lined up perfectly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get an awesome strike.

So when should you start? Start when your heart tells you, “Now is the time.” Yes, you need to factor in logistical and practical aspects. You need to count the costs. You definitely need to first decide that working from home is what you want to do and you have the skills to match your desire. But don’t be afraid to take that first step, whatever it might be for you. Don’t hesitate to get your feet wet.

This doesn’t mean you have to jump in with both feet. As people often tells aspiring writers, actors or artists, “Don’t quit your day job.” You might have to double task for a while – making strides with your work-from-home career while maintaining employment. During that time, you probably can’t give your working-from-home venture eight hours a day, or even four hours a day. Do what you can. Start by researching your options, reading books on the topic, talking with people who have worked in your niche and know how to succeed.

Start out small, but start somewhere. With something.

Many people have a website or blog where they claim they tried some particular work-from-home venture and found that you can go from a 0-60K income in a matter of three months and enjoy holidays on the shore of some pristine Caribbean Island while managing minimal work from your handy laptop (or tablet or iPad or iPhone). You’ll notice that they don’t post pictures of their many vacations. Even if they are telling the truth, those lucky people are few and far between. If you’re attempting to work from home for fast money, you will likely be disappointed.

However, if you’re looking to work from home because you found that you can do something you love from home while caring for your children or looking after an elderly parent, you will likely find the perfect work-from-home career. If money is your motive, it’s probably not worth it. If purpose or a passion is your motive, you are probably on the right road. If you have an absolutely awesome plan to go with it, great!

Follow the path and see where it leads.

Work-from-Home Lesson Eleven: 

If you are wondering when to start taking steps toward a work-from-home venture, do not wait until everything is perfect. Start somewhere, with something. You will learn as you go, and discover that there really is a lot to learn. Have fun learning. Enjoy the journey. Yes, it involves work, but as they say, “If what you do is what you love, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” 


This post concludes my summer series on working from home. Thanks for reading, and stayed tuned. Another series coming soon! If you missed the previous posts, scroll down, because (nearly) every Tuesday this summer, I posted about a lesson I learned from writing and editing over the past four years.

If you’re looking for an editor or ghostwriter, or are interested in finding a writing or work-from-home coach, please get in touch. I have over ten years of experience in writing and editing, over four years of experience in working from home, and I would be happy to hear from you. I am also writing a work-from-home e-book. If you would like to be notified when the book is complete, please contact me through the form below and I will let you know when it is available.]

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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Work from Home


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Achieve Your Dreams

the fear of failure

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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Quotes, Written by Others


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Work from Home Lesson 10: Reach beyond What You Know

new skillsIn my first year of working through Elance, I wrote a short speech for a young woman. That was something I had never done before, and involved listening to a series of audios she sent me for reference material, but she was happy with the end result.

Over a year later, she got in touch with me again, this time asking if I could put together a brochure for her. She did not only want me to do the text, but the layout and formatting as well. I had played around with creating newsletters and inserting pictures, setting styles, etc. but this was an official brochure. And she wanted it pink!

I was ready to let her know that I didn’t have experience in that and ask her to find someone else, but something inside me said, “Why not give it a try?”

So I did. And it turned out well (even if it was pink). In fact, it was fun to do a project that was different from the editing I had been doing much of the time. It started out as an experiment and ended up as experience. Pretty much everything we do for the first time will start out that way. We can never know all the ins and outs of something beforehand, but if we venture out to do something new, in the end it will be an experience .. and perhaps even more.

It is not that I completely changed my focus to layout and design work, but I have done a few projects along those lines since that time. It is, if nothing else, “on my radar.” Design and layout is a skill that goes hand in hand with writing and editing. As such, any skills I develop along those lines can only be an asset to the work I do. Developing new skills, overall, serve as a benefit to us in so many ways. They cut new grooves in our brain and synapses. They give us the confidence to try new things, and venture beyond our current skill set. And sometimes they can even point us in a new direction in life or vocation.

Work-from-Home Lesson Ten: 

When you are invited to participate in a work project in an area you do not have as a current skill, don’t automatically say no. Take time to determine whether expanding your skill set would be a benefit to the work you already do. You will likely find that any experience and skill-development will serve as an asset to your work-from-home career.


Why am I writing about working from home? Every Tuesday this summer, I will post about a lesson I have learned from 111 writing and editing projects over the past four years. If you’re looking for an editor or ghostwriter, I’d love to hear from you. I have over ten years of experience in writing and editing and would be happy to work with you to take your project to the next level.]


Posted by on August 19, 2014 in A Writer's Life, Work from Home


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