You’ve heard me talk about my 12 Steps to Publication workshop series. What I haven’t talked about is that I keep track of the writers who attend, and become friends with many of them. When I see their books launch, I just want to do a happy dance for them. I’m as excited and proud […]
Writers Make a Fresh Start With Each New Page
One of the biggest excuses I hear from people who say they want to write is that they’re afraid their words aren’t unique enough, brilliant enough, or interesting enough for anyone to read. Their fear of failure keeps them from getting started. Then they spend their lives mourning the loss of a dream. Each […]
Talent vs. Success
Even the most talented writer will never achieve success without sitting down and doing the work. It’s easy to say we’re busy creating, but how much time do we waste each day on tasks that have nothing to do with writing? Take an honest look at where you want to be with your writing by […]
Three Words Writers Need to Know
Jump Into NaNo Fever
It’s Writing Season!
Short and Sweet Writing Plan
I just realized that June arrives next week, and that means there is little time left to meet my writing goals for the first half of 2014. But you know what? I’m not going to spend a lot of time stressing over what I have and haven’t accomplished so far. I find thinking about what […]
Go: Challenge Yourself
Have you stretched some personal comfort zones and flexed those writing muscles yet? Great. I’m glad to hear you’re building your skills. That means it’s time to challenge ourselves to do something new. Okay, I’ll go first. There have been times I’ve become so comfortable writing a certain style or genre that I began to […]
Get Set: Build Your Creative Muscle
Last week I talked about pushing the edges of my comfort zone. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not a swift and glorious process. It can be painful and ugly until I reach a new plateau of comfort. And I give myself permission to find that new resting place and enjoy it for […]
Why do They Read?
Do you know why your audience reads? What attracts them to your books, or if you’re not yet published, to the genre you write? Until you know the answers to those questions, you won’t know if you are meeting the needs of your readers. And only by delivering what your audience seeks will you attract […]