Writing Prompt: Writing from a Quote

One kind of writing prompt that I like to use is to start with a quote. Here is a stimulating quote from Tobias Wolff, author of This Boy’s Life, a memoir that was made into a movie with Leonardo DeCaprio and Robert DeNiro. Read it first and then choose one or both of the prompts to write from.

You are invited to post what you wrote in the comments below.

Good writing!

QUOTE:  “One of the things that draws writers to writing is that they can get things right that they got wrong in real life by writing about them.” – Tobias Wolff

PROMPT:  Write about something in your life that you wished had gone another way, something that felt wrong at the time and how you might have wanted it to go differently.

PROMPT:  What have you learned, given that it did go the way it did?  What was the opportunity for you in your life?  Where has this event taken you as a person?  How has it shaped your character?

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Writing Tips & Gossip

Ever wonder. . .  if you were in the right place at the right time?  Maybe not.  Maybe, like Oprah and JK Rowling below, you are supposed to be somewhere else so your big opportunity will show itself.

Good writing!!


JK Rowling

Before she penned the “Harry Potter” books, Rowling worked as a secretary for the London office of Amnesty International.

She would spend most of her day writing stories on her computer, and when her employers discovered how she was spending her time, they gave her the boot.



When Oprah was starting out as an evening news anchor for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV, she was fired for becoming too emotionally involved in the stories.

She was given a day time position shortly after (which was considered a huge step down in the news world), and turned the opportunity into the “Oprah Winfrey Show.”



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“Thriver” Book Signing Event Is A Great Success at September San Diego Conference

San Diego, California was the site of the 16th International Conference on Violence, Abuse and Trauma  that I attended from September 11 to 13, 2011.   It was an excellent, inspiring conference, one that I have been attending and presenting at since 2003.

This year, I was with my good friends, Kathryn Tull and Anita Swanson, and we all had our books to sell!  Here we are at the book signing after our morning workshop presentation on Tuesday, September 13.  Kathryn is on my left, Anita on my right in the photo above.

My book, The Thriver  Workbook: Journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver!  sold well at the conference and was very well received.  I also showed the Thriver video at the conference and everyone loved it!   (Check the video out on my YouTube channel youtube.com/susanom1).

Kathryn’s new book, The Next Bold Step:  Learning to Love and Value Yourself, And Know That You Matter, was also available for sale at the conference as well as Anita’s book, Slow Hope.  Anita is currently working on a new book.

There were other amazing speakers and presenters at the conference including Mildred Muhammad, former wife of the D.C. sniper, John Muhammad.  Her book, Scared Silent: The Mildred Muhammad Story, was also available.

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A Writing Friend Publishes Her First Novel

One of my dear writing friends Sue Davis has published her first novel, “Love Means Second Chances

I am so proud of her!

We have been writing buddies for years and encouraged and supported each other through the writing and now the self-publishing journey.

Check the book out at Sue’s book here on Amazon.

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Bristol Library Book Signing Event

Bristol Library Book Signing Event

Join us on Wednesday, September 28 at the Bristol Library Book Signing Event where Susan Omilian will discuss and sign her book, The Thriver Workbook: Journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver!

Book Signing with Susan M. Omilian

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Bristol Public Library
5 High Street, Bristol, CT 06010

Download the flyer:
FLYER September 28 Bristol Library Book Signing Event and map/directions to library.

Similar in format to Julia Cameron’s best-selling book, The Artist’s Way, The Thriver Workbook sets forth the motivational guidance Susan has successfully used in her My Avenging Angel Workshops™ to take women on a journey of self-discovery and heightened self-esteem. With easy-to-use work sheets, interactive writing exercises and inspirational Thriver Success Stories from those who have survived abuse, the book provides a blueprint for women who want to move permanently out of the cycle of violence in their lives. For one quarter of the women in United States (more than 12 million) who will be subjected to abuse and its lingering aftermath in their lifetimes, this workbook will show them how to live well, be happy and become strong and confident once again.

Live Music by Vanessa Stevens

The evening will feature singer/songwriter Vanessa Stevens, creator of The Purple Song Project, which promotes hope, healing and awareness about domestic violence through song.

The Thriver Workbook Companion CD, featuring Vanessa’s songs, will also be available for purchase.

Photo (right) of Vanessa by Donna Gentile

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Get ready to honor Domestic Violence Awareness month by attending this intimate and empowering event!

For more information, please call the Library at 860.584.7787.

What is a “Thriver?”

No longer a victim beyond a survivor, she is a “thriver” on the brink of a new life. She’s a new breed of woman moving on after abuse, and she wants her revenge. Living well will be her best revenge for she isn’t stuck in her anger or caught in a downward spiral. Instead, she’s pushing through her fears, rediscovering the positive energy in her life and forging a new future for herself and her children.

About Susan

Susan M. Omilian is the award-winning originator and facilitator of My Avenging Angel Workshops™, which empower women who have been abused to take this amazing journey from victim to survivor to thriver.

Launched in 2001, these workshops have been described by participants as “life-changing” and “providing a component for women recovering from abuse that has until now been virtually overlooked.”

Susan was inspired to develop these workshops after her niece Maggie, a 19-year-old college student, was murdered in October 1999 by her ex-boyfriend, who then killed himself. As an attorney and survivor of homicide on her own journey to becoming a thriver, Susan has come to recognize the power in the moment when a woman decides to leave the abuse and reclaim her life. For Maggie, that moment of realization was the moment of her death. In order to avenge Maggie’s death, Susan motivates women to move on, since Maggie could not.

About The Thriver Workbook

4814_productsThe Thriver Workbook: Journey from Victim to Survivor to Thriver! is an important addition to the many other successful books on the market that assist women in getting out of abusive relationships, but this one more precisely describes the process of moving on into a new life. It will be invaluable not only to victims of abuse, but also to their families, friends, attorneys, counselors, therapists and crisis center staff across the country. It will also give the general public an understanding of the healing journey after abuse — a process that anyone of them might recognize for the first time as being necessary in their own lives.

About The Thriver Workbook Companion CD

The Thriver Workbook Companion CD includes five heartfelt songs from three women singer/songwriters who describe their journey to thriving through music, as well as a Guided Meditation, The Thriver in Me Honors the Thriver in You and an Affirmation from The Happy Person Inside, which inspires listeners to find their own way to the thriver energy inside them.

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