Writing the Book

THE AGONY OF EDITING

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to be doing edits to my manuscript—finally. Especially after spending years writing and rewriting and changing and revising, making chapter four chapter one and later dropping chapter one altogether and replacing it with what was once chapter one in 2006. So clearly I’m in the home stretch. However, I… Continue reading THE AGONY OF EDITING

Health Care Services, Home Health, Nursing

NURSES REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Betsy, a writer friend, emailed me the story she had read in our workshop since I had to miss the class. She knows I hang on every episode of her life in Ireland where her second child was born and she negotiated the daily vicissitudes of a different culture. In this episode she had left… Continue reading NURSES REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Nursing Stories, Writing the Book

GET THE FACTS RIGHT

My first job as a nurse was at the Jersey City Medical Center. I had just graduated from nursing school and had taken the NJ State Board of Nursing exam. Since I hadn’t heard the results as yet (snail mail in 1962) I signed my name with a GN meaning  “graduate nurse” rather than RN.… Continue reading GET THE FACTS RIGHT

Nursing Stories, Writing the Book

BE GOOD TO YOUR READER

I took Stein with me to Monkey Joe’s and settled into a black leather vibrating chair in an area devoted to parents, grandparents and other responsible adults while the men’s semi-finals at Wimbledon played on one TV screen and some guys tossed a basketball on the other. My three grandsons scampered towards the inflated jumpy… Continue reading BE GOOD TO YOUR READER

Nursing Stories, Writing blogs, Writing the Book

MY FAVORITE BOOKS ON WRITING

I go back every once in a while and reread the books that have always rewarded me with inspiration and encouragement. Especially now as I’m completing my book and can almost see a glimmer of light flickering at the end of the tunnel, I find I need that boost, the reassurance my work is not… Continue reading MY FAVORITE BOOKS ON WRITING