One Thing I Know for Sure About Writing Is…

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One thing I know for sure about writing is it offers us a snapshot of our life at a certain time that can never be taken away from us once we have committed our thoughts in writing.
I look back at my writing over the years, and it is such a window into who I was or what I was thinking at the time. From poems as a child, through papers in college, to current-day blog posts, they all provide a glimpse into where I was at that particular moment. Our memories serve us well about events, but never as well as how we convey our feelings through the written word.
And I’m not just talking about memoir-type writing, I mean all writing. Chosen topics and word choices speak volumes. The passion with which we treat subjects can remind us of emotions long forgotten. By reading old letters, we can revisit with loved ones who may now be gone. Through reading our stories we can see how we ourselves experienced pain, joy, and excitement, even if presented through another’s eyes.
Writing helps us realize how much we have grown, both as individuals, and as writers. Sometimes I hate to write. But when I look back, I’m always glad I took the time, even if I am the only one who ever reads that writing. I know that no other activity allows us to travel back in time and reflect on thoughts that may help prepare us for the future.

(This was a writing prompt from the Accokeek Women’s Writing Group…try it, it’s fun.)

Tracking Your Time

OfficeTimeAs a small business owner, I look for ways to be more efficient. I tried several time tracking applications until I found the right fit: OfficeTime. I wanted to share this gem, since it’s been eye opening and has assisted me in getting a good picture of where I really spend my time. It provides an accurate, unbiased view, includes great features, and best of all, it is easy to use.

I use my app on my PC because that is where I do most of my business, but OfficeTime is available for use on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The company offers a free trial, and the app takes about a minute to download. A quick two minute tutorial gets you started. [Read more…]

Taking Chances

AIE_VeteranWritingServices (1)It’s been three years since a Navy friend asked me if I was interested in applying for the Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) program.  At the time I thought:

“Entrepreneur? Doesn’t that mean someone who wants to get rich?”

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The Business of Writing

I spoke at the Military Writers Society of America conference on “The Business of Writing” last year. Since starting my own business in 2014, I’ve talked to many people interested in starting their own writing businesses. I’m sharing a few of my slides here for any readers who may be interested in a similar pursuit. I don’t have all the answers, but I do have some thoughts and lessons learned.

Reasons to Treat Writing as a Business_slide1 [Read more…]

Who Trains Who?

Valerie Ormond_and_dog_DiegoI had decided to get a dog because my husband mentioned he wanted a dog. Since he was on a business trip, I decided I would go visit the county pound. That visit resulted in me bringing home the best dog I’ve ever had. I can’t say I own him because it’s more like he owns me.

Sitting in a cage, nose on the cold floor, the dog in front of me was quite the contrast to the surrounding others who were yipping, barking, and craving attention. His sad brown eyes looked up at me, his tail thumped, and he licked his dry lips. Something about this particular dog drew me in. [Read more…]

Author Pays It Forward for Other Authors

I hope you will stop by and check out my guest author interview on Cheryl Holloway’s Blog – she asks great questions! Besides offering writing tips based on her career as a writer, Cheryl hosts authors from around the world to help them gain exposure. In her words: “On this blog, I ‘Pay it Forward’ to other authors by spotlighting them with a Guest Author Interview. I only ask that they too ‘Pay It Forward’ to any other author.”

http://www.cherylholloway.net/blog/2015/11/20/guest-author-interview-valerie-ormond/

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