Julie Oldham Writes

Monthly Archives: May 2018

A few weeks ago,  I read One Beautiful Dream by Jennifer Fulwiler.   One Beautiful Dream is now one of my favorite books.  I rarely laugh out loud or cry while reading, but I did both multiple times as I read through her tale as a mother pursuing her dream of writing. Pursue your passions, love your family, and say goodbye to guilt—pipe dream or possibility? Work and family, individuality and motherhood, the… Read More

Last week, I set a goal for writing of 60 minutes per day.  I more than made this with an average of 70 minutes each workday!  Family is in town this weekend, and they take priority, so the workload has gone down.  That’s a good reason! Next week, hopefully, more of the same.  I feel very good about my book and figure at my present rate, I’ll add about 50,000 words between… Read More

Confession: When I wrote the title, I did a spell check to make sure the word meant what I thought it meant.  I play with Microsoft Excel so much every day I never actually use the term for its regular use. I read High-Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become that Way by Brendon Burchard on the recommendation of the same friend who recommended Captivate. THESE HABITS WILL MAKE YOU EXTRAORDINARY. Twenty years… Read More

When I google how much authors write, I usually end up with word counts per day.  This page states Ernest Hemingway did 3000 words a day, for example.  They have 38 other authors and their counts, as well. This was a fantastic metric during NaNoWriMo when I attempted to complete 50,000 words in one month.  I succeeded, and now I am editing that same story.  Editing = not pounding out 3000 words… Read More

Upon Jennifer Fulwiler’s recommendation in One Beautiful Dream, I read The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. He is the author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, which was later turned into a movie. He also wrote Turning Pro, which is on my list of books to read. The War of Art is about the Resistance we all face when we try to move forward in life. I read it as a… Read More

Isn’t that a creative title?  They tell me I need creative titles to attract people to my webpage.  If you’re here, I assume it is because you like to follow my writing adventure, which you probably didn’t find on google.  So I’m not going to sweat the title. Last week, I did a short road trip to see Matthew Kelly speak with my sister.  He is funny and engaging, and we had… Read More