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Bruce Hale- Warrior’s Mind, Writer’s Mind

Bruce Hale kicked off the SCBWI Miami conference and boy did he kick it off. Wow. Bruce is AMAZING! And not only is he a good speaker, he can write, sing and even dance. Oh, and he wears really cool hats too.

He read his book, Snoring Beauty to us (so funny! I loved it so much that I read it to my students who in turned laughed hysterically). He also concluded his talk with a song and got a standing ovation at the end. Truly inspirational!

As he was speaking, I jotted down some notes that I wanted to share with you. So if you’re feeling down or need some great advice, listen to Bruce Hale. He really knows what he’s talking about.

Writing is a game of head and heart, not a game for sissies

• Art is war- at war with yourself

• Develop a mind/spirit of warrior

1. Start a Good Habit

• We are nothing more than the sum of our habits

• Too often do you do your habits- email, social networking, blog, tweet, TV, socialize on the phone

• Recommends changing 2 habits at a time

2. Write Like Your Hair is On Fire

• Write stories you are passionate about

3. Think it Through, Take the Big View

• Strategic thinking through the story

4. Teamwork makes the Dreamwork

5. Face the Iron Tiger

• Do you have something you are afraid to face?


6. Beat Resistance with Persistence

• Most people give up just before they meet success

• If you pushed a little harder, would you get the results you wanted?

• Persistence beats talent any day

7. Deal with Rejection

• Don’t take it personally

• Give yourself permission to eat Haagen Dazs

5 Responses to Bruce Hale- Warrior’s Mind, Writer’s Mind

  1. Good Lord, I needed to read this SO bad. Thanks for dropping by! I’m so grateful for this.

    BTW, I’m about to post an addition to my contest: I’ll be giving away two books as well as the other stuff.

  2. Kim Kasch says:

    It is so hard not to take rejection personally. Like “Sticks and stones” – you’d think I’d have learned that lesson.

  3. Andrea Mack says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Christy. I like the part about facing what you are afraid to face. Excellent advice!

  4. My favorite quote was the one about meeting resistance with persistence. I tell my kids that all the time. Talent will only get you so far in life; you gotta be willing to work.

  5. Yes Andrea. I am about to face my Iron Horse soon. Yikes!

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