Humility and Excellence

Excellence and Humility — Write Right“Humility is the foundation of excellence.” — Coach Sean Quinlan

Excellence rarely develops in the absence of humility. Without a spirit of humility, other traits like perfectionism and showmanship emerge. Neither have anything to do with excellence; rather, they demonstrate pride and arrogance.

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How to Be a Better Writer: Erase Excess

How to Be a Better Writer: Erase Excess — Write RightIf you want to be a better writer, you must learn to let go of the words. Think of the process as being like teaching a kid to ride a bike. You would hold onto the back of the seat for a time, but eventually, you would release it. The kid must wobble and find the way to balance on his or her own power.

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Do What’s Right

Do What's Right — Write Right“The time is always ripe to do right.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior

Martin Luther King, Junior Day took place several weeks ago, but the above words still resonate. “The time is always ripe to do right.” It is. The right time to help the widow and orphan, to feed the hungry, and to give a hug to the frightened is right now, right here.

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Fight Your Way Forward

Fight Your Way Forward—Write Right“For the ones who fight their way forward.” — V.E. Schwab

I read V.E. Schwab’s dedication in A Gathering of Shadows, and it resonated. I know people who “fight their way forward.” They bear chronic illnesses with grace and beauty. They take their work seriously but not themselves.

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Write Right Helps Three Little Kittens Find Their Mittens

Write Right Helps Three Little Kittens Find Their Mittens

How to Be a Better Writer: Tend Your Words

How to Be a Better Writer: Tend Your WordsAll sorts of analogies apply to the writing life, and this week’s involves gardening. It’s a strange comparison to make because, with the exception of some tea roses, I own the slightest of slight green thumbs. I love flower and vegetable gardens, but I lack the patience and desire to care for them.

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Always Excel

Always Excel—Write RightTherefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose]. — 1 Corinthians 15:58, The Amplified Bible

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How to Be a Better Writer: Get into Trouble

How to Be a Better Writer: Get into Trouble—Write Right“Writers are troublemakers.” — Meg Gardiner, author, CreativeMornings (Austin)

Good writers employ solid plot structures and interesting characters. Better writers tweak the models. That is, they get into trouble. They twist fate, upset the predictable plot line, use present tense instead of the standard past, or create empathy for the most dastardly of villains.

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When Your Best isn’t Good Enough

When Your Best isn't Good Enough—Write RightWhen your best isn’t good enough, several emotions and thoughts drift into the mind. The logical thought says you did your best. It should provide a sense of comfort and wellbeing. You did your best, and that’s what counts, even if your best didn’t deliver the contract, award, or other objective.Continue Reading

The Center Must Hold

The Center Must Hold—Write Right“The center must hold in order for the surface tension to break.” — Makoto Fujimura, “Come and See: Leonardo da Vinci’s Philip in The Last Supper,” Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art, and Culture

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