The Creative Juicer Blog Says I'm a Creative Careerist

Ducks in a Row Last week Emily Wenstrom, who blogs at Creative Juicer interviewed me about my writing career.  I had a great time answering her questions, probably more irreverently than anyone else in her new series will.  And I’m grateful and humbled that Emily sees me as a successful Creative.  She thinks I really […]

An Interview with Emily Wenstrom, Founder and Editor of new literary ezine, wordhaus

During the course of the Jeff Goins 15 Day Writing Challenge, I was delighted to “meet” Emily Wenstrom, creative and professional writer, and most recently, the founder and editor of a brand new ezine shaped specifically for fiction readers and writers. On Day 4 of the challenge – “practice, in public” – Emily decided to […]

Day Fourteen – Branded: Your Face in the World

One thing is sure.  We’re responsible for our own success.  Therefore, we will brand ourselves, and do it gladly and brilliantly. Today, publishers don’t allocate time or money to promote every single book that leaves their house.  The sheer volume of books published each day means the publisher reserves its support for their biggest clients.  The […]

Day Thirteen – Slay Your Dragons and Publish

Have you been there yet?  In that breathless moment when the magazine shows up in your mailbox, or the book arrives by special delivery.  Have you stood in that moment where you feel as though you’re floating when you eagerly thumb through a publication until you reach familiar words? You’re published, and this is the first […]

Day Ten – You Won’t Feel a Thing: Sharing Is Painless

Which of these excuses have you heard or used yourself? “Oh, I can’t share my real self with my readers.  They might not like who I am.” Or… “Oh, I can’t share anything with my writers’ group.  They’re all so far ahead of me.  I’d be embarrassed for them to see what I’ve written.” Or… […]

Day Nine – Connect and Flourish

There are many reasons a writer should make connections, not least is that some of them might get her away from the keyboard and out of the house. The needs of every writer will be different, just as we are all unique in what we write and how we write.  Without making connections we never stretch […]

Day Eight – Build a Solid Home for Your Words

It takes more than two-by-fours or bricks to build a house.  Just as it takes more than a dictionary full of words to build a story.  Before a house can be built, someone has a plan for what it will look like and what it will contain.  Before a story can be told, a writer has a plan […]

Day Six – Steal What You Need: Honestly, of Course

Not what you were expecting, is it?  Steal what you need?  Isn’t that wrong, in every way? It depends on what you’re stealing, how and why. There are three reasons stealing makes sense for a writer.  And they’re entirely legal.   There’s not enough time in your day to write. At least that’s what you declare […]