Posts Tagged ‘encouragement’

So You Want to Tutor? Get Them Talking.

Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Sam

This is part two of the series, “So You Want to Tutor?” Prove It Get Them Talking Establishing rapport, in this case, isn’t about selling knives, makeup, or used cars. It’s about breaking the ice a bit, and establishing a common ground. A bit of rapport doesn’t mean finding out their favorite ice cream and […]

Novel Ninja: Crediting Yourself

Posted on: June 8th, 2012 by Sam

Today Ali Cross has been kind enough to feature another blog by yours truly. This one is about Crediting Yourself: an aspect to life that I have found to be crucial for motivation and success. Check out the post at or – and if you’re a writer yourself, consider joining the dojo!

Open Conference Call with David Farland

Posted on: March 30th, 2011 by Sam

Super Author David Farland hosts “Farland’s Authors’ Advisory Conference Calls”. I had the opportunity to attend a few panels with David Farland at this year’s Life, the Universe, and Everything. He has been teaching writers for a long time now, and is full of great advice. Just a little ethos for you, David Farland used […]

Writing Career? Certainly.

Posted on: February 10th, 2011 by Sam 1 Comment

Yesterday I had an awkward experience where a young man done up in his military blues asked me what I’m working on at school. When I told him my major was “Writing”, he looked at me as if I’d said, “I’m going to write my first book and it will sell like Harry Potter”. Come […]

November Approaches…

Posted on: October 27th, 2010 by Sam 2 Comments

A lot has happened to me since Writing for Charity. Somewhere in that time, I got a job, went through midterms, moved, lost my mind, pulled my head out of my butt (no, not literally… that’s disgusting, what’s the matter with you?), exercised, laughed, ate brownies, and did a hell of a lot of homework. […]

Writing for Charity 2010

Posted on: August 22nd, 2010 by Sam 1 Comment

A record of my experience at Rock Canyon Writing for Charity 2010.

On Stephen King’s book, “On Writing”

Posted on: July 29th, 2010 by Sam

First, I’d like to announce that this is my fourth day in a row waking up before 7am and exercising. Insomnia? Bite me. As you can probably tell by the title of the blog, I’ve just finished reading (via audiobook) On Writing, by Stephen King. It’s pretty much on my top list of things a […]

The Science of Being Goofy Writer People

Posted on: July 25th, 2010 by Sam

So I can’t write. I think it’s been too long, and some rust has built up. Despite all of business Sam’s yelling, it’s not happening. So, on to the next best thing. Reading? I think so. Reading always gets those gears turning, and gets me all excited. Nothing exhilerates me more than reading an excellent […]

Tracy Hickman on Writing Excuses (LTUE)

Posted on: April 27th, 2010 by Sam

Tracy Hickman: “Writers basically believe that they are never going to be or are already has-beens. The thing I try to tell writers all the time, and I have to remind myself is that we have not yet written our best work. The best is yet to come. It could be that next book, it […]

Pandemic; Writer’s Block

Posted on: November 25th, 2009 by Sam

Participating in NaNoWriMo, so far, has been a day-by-day learning experience, with a huge curve. One of the largest learning curves was learning to deal with this horrible disease we aspiring writers call “Writer’s Block”. I’ve discovered four strains of the disease, which each effected me in turn in my attempt to write my first […]