by admin on April 17, 2014

Santa Rosa Marathon

What does a writer have in common with an athlete?

A lot.

Hard as it may be to imagine the sedentary, day dreamy lifestyle of a writer as comparable with the action-packed, movement-filled lifestyle of an athlete, writers and athletes travel a parallel path toward success.

Here’s what I’ve learned from sports rehabilitation and writing through the trenches:


Athletes must have an objective: win a gold medal in the Olympics, run a marathon, or qualify to play on a local softball team.

Without a contract or a deadline, no one cares whether or not you show up at your desk to write. You must set a goal and work toward it. You might want to query your favorite magazine, write a book proposal, finish a short story, or land a book deal or find an agent to represent you. Any of these goals is good enough to get you started.


An athlete is disciplined. Training schedules must be followed. Diets must be balanced. Sleep must be maintained. An entire lifestyle must encompass the athlete in order for the goal to be achieved.

Writers must also be disciplined. Set a writing schedule. Follow it. Make sure you eat right to think right. Exercise the body to exercise the brain. Sleep long and deeply so that creativity may be replenished. A writer must create a lifestyle to support the creative habit and allow it to flourish.


Athletes get injured, miss milestones, reset goals, and even fail. Writers are no different.

Athletes surround themselves with doctors, nutritionists, rehabilitation experts, sports psychologists, and coaches to build up the support team needed to sustain them through the ups and downs of training toward a goal.

Writers must surround themselves with people who support their writing: family and friends, fellow writers, editors, publishers, marketing experts, agents, attorneys, and people in other creative disciplines such as acting, music, and art.

Does an athlete cross the finish line alone? No. The support team is in the crowd, cheering the athlete on, celebrating the victory.

When you sign your publishing contract, you are not alone. Your support team is behind you, cheering you on, celebrating your victory.

The same is true with failure: you do not fail alone. Others are there to go over the play-by-play, break it down, analyze what went wrong and why, and help create a winning strategy for the future.


Good sportsmanship means thinking of others: teammates and opponents. An athlete who exhibits good sportsmanship wins with humility and fails with grace.

Be kind. Be gracious. Be magnanimous.

Be a good sport.

Celebrate the success of other writers. Someday those same writers will celebrate your success.

Whether you are an athlete or a writer, the journey is the same: a life tailored around achieving a goal with the help of a support team in the midst of opponents who will push you to give your all in the pursuit of your dreams.

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My First Audiobook is Released

by admin on March 28, 2014

Preview of The Human Act and purchase The Human Act audiobook!


Finding Your Place in Work and Life

March 13, 2014

This week author and philosopher Mary Clark writes about her journey to find her niche in writing and life: In the 20th Century, we had two very influential women philosophers, and controversial as well: Hannah Arendt and Ayn Rand. Then there were the feminist writers and social scientists: Joan Tronto, Margaret Urban Walker, but the […]

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It’s Officially a Secret

February 26, 2014

Shh…Don’t tell anyone. Someone has discovered me. Me. Little ol’ nobody. Me. I’m flabbergasted. And flattered. Extremely impressed I could generate so much interest. Because this person who discovered me is a bestselling author of more than 30 books. And he blogged about me…for FREE! 100% unsolicited publicity! What more could an unknown author ask […]

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Steps to Self-Publishing

February 15, 2014

Although I have previously written about the myths of self-publishing and have chosen to be published traditionally after two self-published novels, sometimes an author feels self-publishing is the right venue to meet their book’s needs. Nikolas Baron from Grammarly wrote a guest blog about the steps to self-publishing. Here’s what Nikolas has to say: Last […]

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Clarify the Concept

January 30, 2014

This is a follow-up to my October 2013 post Resilience. “We like your writing, but we don’t like your concept. . .” After receiving a dozen rejection letters from literary agents all stating the same thing, I started to wonder: what do they mean by “concept” and why don’t they like mine? Concept is NOT […]

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Practice Progress

January 15, 2014

Two weeks into the new year and already you are hearing about how people are struggling to maintain momentum on their resolutions. It isn’t easy.  According to research, it takes 21 days to establish a new habit.  So if you’re about to throw in the towel, don’t! Practice is progress.  You may find it takes […]

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Some Goals, Not Resolutions, for 2014

December 26, 2013

As we finish the holiday season with our sights on the new year, it’s time to set some goals. Here are a few of my goals for 2014: Continue to write for national and international magazines. While I did get the opportunity to return to writing for magazines, a lot of the markets I used […]

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And the Winners Are…

December 19, 2013

Thanks again to all those who entered the Spirit of Giving Contest. Four lucky winners were chosen at random from those who left responses. The fifth lucky winner was chosen out of the top giving stories. Congratulations to Eileen from Downey, CA whose tale about giving change to a stranger after a stranger had given […]

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Celebrate the Spirit of Giving

December 12, 2013

To celebrate “Why Giving to Others Is Also Giving to Ourselves”, I am giving away 5 autographed copies of my books. Just complete the form below with a brief comment about a time you gave to someone who least expected it or when someone unexpectedly gave to you. Four winners will be randomly chosen. The […]

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