Category Archives: Writing

Writing in the present tense is releasing the strangle-hold of the past tense

Based on a poll of my potential readers, I decided to change the tense of my upcoming book from past to present. It took a little more than two weeks to edit the first eight chapters.  In the process, I found my voice. As a technical writer for more that 25 years, I never developed…

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The present tense wins!

Thank you everyone for your replies. Ninety percent of you prefer the present tense. I am now editing what I have written to date to reflect your choice. The first draft is about 80% complete, only three or four chapters left to write. Then, edit, edit, edit.

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Present or Past tense

First pass, I wrote the book in the past tense and now I am debating if the present tense is more appropriate. Does the reader want me to relate the a story of my walking the Camino (past tense) or to be swept along in the midst of the action (present tense). If the story…

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Writing to reconnect with the universe

I returned from hiking the Camino de Santiago a different person from when I left. I was connected to the universe in a way I never had experienced, in tune with nature, with people, with myself. Life was full of goodness and I radiated with joy. Four busy months later, that link is not as…

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How does one express in words an indescribable beauty?

Yesterday at the Appalachian Trail Club of Florida, I gave an hour-long slide presentation titled, The Camino de Santiago, the Way of the Stars. My goal was to inform the audience about the Camino de Santiago, to give a glimpse of the indescribable beauty of the Camino, and to encourage members of the hiking club…

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Writing Women of the Way is extending my Camino experience

I am starting the new year without a resolution; I don’t believe in them since they have not been helpful to me in the past. I am carrying over goals from last year, goals that resulted from my walking 500 miles in Spain on the path known as the Camino de Santiago. Some if these…

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Looking for comments on page appearance

I was successful in getting twitter to post to the Facebook page. I am now happy with the looks of the this page and the Facebook page. It has taken hard work and persistence to get to this point. I would enjoy your feed back on the pages. Please let me know if you like…

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Learning the nuances of blogging and content management

Today I listened to a webinar on content strategy. I learned that my Web site is really a blog, but with managed content. As I tried to implement some of the ideas mentioned, I ran into problems. I spent a lot of time and research in trying to figure out how to get the RSS…

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Writing the book Women of the Way is so much fun

I am starting my fourth transcript in two days, really on a roll. I started by doing the transcripts of conversations I had with the women I met along the Camino. I did seven or eight of these, sent them out for interviewee review and approval, and then I started filling in the story about…

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Good news and lessons learned

Prior to going on the Camino, I had fantasized about writing a book about The Way. I had not considered what it would entail, how it would differentiate itself from myriads of books about the Camino, or how I would personalize it. Nothing. Writing a book was just a random thought. While walking along the…

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