On Sparking Joy

Heather and I have been spending the last few days this month getting ready to complete a couple baby storybooks. Though Haven is 6 months, we want to stay on top of our photos. This is one of the photos going in his photo book. For me, this picture sparks joy!  ...
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On Sharing Our Lost Stories

So my storybook class starts in a couple days. I'm sharing this idea on Facebook because it is an adventure. I want you, my friends, to hold me accountable, to ask how I'm doing in success or failure.  [button link="#http://lillylabs.com/storybookclass/" type="big"...
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This Morning_On the Day I Go to Buy Alabaster Paint

I have finished my 500 words of revising for the day. Why do I revise 500 words at a time? I don’t. Well, I do…. Let me explain The Problem: When I write a first draft of anything I pour out a mess of terrible prose upon the page. My first drafts of books are...
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This Morning_The Hero of My Own Story

This morning I sit in the quiet ready to ponder what it means to pursue this dream of trying to be a writer. The biggest question that plagues me these days is why can’t I get it? I dream of writing middle grade fiction. I dream of having these crazy stories in my...
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The Hope and Habit of Today

When my dreams don't come true I am tempted into despair. Believe it or not, I am not a positive person. I struggle to find meaning each day. Some days I wonder if I can get up. What is the point to all my trying, all my writing, all my work? A wise man once said,...
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This Morning_Hope & Beauty

This Morning_Hope & Beauty

Like many writers, I think I'm so much better than I actually am. The funny thing about writing is that we writers love our own work more than anyone else. We are like little peacocks asking everyone to admire our shabby plumes. And the sad reality is that not many...

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5.1_Five Reasons Why We Stop Writing

5.1_Five Reasons Why We Stop Writing

The key reason I find why we stop writing is because we do not feel acknowledged. It is hard to write into the dark void of nothingness, to fill drawers or computer folders with our priceless work that will never be seen or appreciated. Why bother? Why care at all?...

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This Morning_On Seeing the Picture I Couldn’t See

This Morning_On Seeing the Picture I Couldn’t See

I know I write this time and again, but it is so true. Progress occurs after small deliberate steps. While rethinking a Middle Grade book that my agent asked me to revise, I've been working on picture books. I've been working on three. Two of the picture books are...

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4.2_The 3 Laws of Painting with Words

4.2_The 3 Laws of Painting with Words

The best advice I can give aspiring writers, like myself, is to never be afraid to be yourself. This advice comes with a warning. Being yourself doesn't mean that all the rules don't apply to you. Just as certain physical laws make flight possible, there also are...

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Storyteller Daniel R Bernstrom

My name is Dan, and I'm the author of One Day in the Eucalyptus Eucalyptus Tree, and more books soon to come from Harper Collins. This is my personal blog. Feel free to read as much as you want. Take care.