Beautiful Writing

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I had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway Musical BEAUTIFUL on Sunday. I loved it! Amazing story and music–the performances were superb. I’m a HUGE fangirl of Jessie Mueller now. But it also burrowed into my heart because it spoke to me about VOICE and this is a theme that has been happily haunting me since the #LA14SCBWI Conference. I don’t believe in coincidences–I believe in messages. So I try to listen the very best I can to what the universe is blasting me with. Here’s what I learned about my writing and voice from Carol King and the Broadway Musical BEAUTIFUL…


1. Love what you do.

2. Be yourself.

3. Speak your truth.

4. You can not be heard by others unless you can be heard by yourself.

5. Artistry must be repetitively practiced.

6. Failure is the gateway to growth and success.

7. Friendship is an important ingredient in our work.

8. People long to make real and meaningful connections with other people.

9. A journey starts with a plan and almost always takes an unexpected turn.

10. Sometimes the unexpected turns out to be something beautiful…


You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face

and show the world

all the love in your heart.

Then people gonna treat you better.

You’re gonna find–yes–you will

that you’re beautiful as you feel.

Be sure to watch this all the way through–there’s a bang up ending.


What is the most beautiful thing about your writing? What’s your favorite Carol King song? Have you seen the play? If you get the chance to take it in–don’t miss it. <3

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