Thursday, June 10, 2010


I read a great quote a day or so ago in Trent Steele's Smart Writers Newsletter (go to for more information).

The quote read..."Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it." Irving Berlin

As many of you who read my blog know, I have been frustrated with the direction I've been taking my writing life, or lack thereof as it is, in recent weeks. Reading this quote spurred an a-ha moment for me. I get so caught up in the whole of my to-do list that I have difficulty chipping away as I have time. It is kind of that all-or-nothing mentality I get when there is a large bag of M&Ms staring me in the face! If I can't have/do it all, I don't want to have/do any. Not such a good way to go about things--writing or chocolate, for that matter:-) So, as I've just committed to my dear friend and critique partner, Donna, I've resolved to commit 15 minutes a day to writing. In the chaos that reigns supreme in the summer, I feel that is very doable and will, hopefully, lead to more a day. But, if I can achieve that first 15, I'll feel I've at least accomplished something and be in a better frame of mind for the remainder of the day.

So, for me, the what (10%) I make of my writing life and the how (90%) I take it will combine to form a whopping 100+% productive and positive writing life. After all, persistence pays! How about you...any thoughts on the above quote and how it applies to you? I'd love to hear your feedback.


  1. This is inspiring, Karen. Can I find 15 minutes a day? I think so! Hope you are doing well with your goal. Soon you'll have a completed piece!

  2. Hi Jane,

    Not so well yet with my 15 minutes a day, but I have high hope for this new week. I'm now adding it to my daily written agenda. I LOVE to cross things off my list:-)

    Hope you are well and thanks for stopping by.