What is Happening in Your Opening Scene?

A scene is a unit of storytelling. It incorporates all major elements: action, character, setting, inner story, voice, narrative thrust. If your opening scene is lacking or weak in any of those elements, then your story is in danger of being uninteresting, passive, slow. It just doesn’t grab the reader. … READ MORE

Narrative Thrust — why readers turn pages

Narrative thrust is what drives the reader to keep reading. If your story is weak in this area, then readers won’t be interested enough to stay with the story. Narrative thrust involves all the elements of storytelling: action, setting, voice, theme, description, conflict, dialogue, character, point of view. Measure out … READ MORE

Your job is simply to be ready

You are on the path you’re supposed to take today. Enjoy today, enjoy the moments for what they are and allow them to bring forth what you need—whether you know what you need or not. Breathe and on your exhale let go of whatever worry is on your mind. Maybe … READ MORE

Why Balance Keeps You Stuck

don't feel like a failure if you can't find balance in your life. Balance may not exist for you. Strive for something that flows with flexibility and forgiveness instead. Read this post to find out how you can approach your to-do list in a kinder, gentler way.

One of the biggest struggles I hear from writers is that they can’t find balance in their lives. They fight to fit their real-world life with their creative life and day after day, time after time, their efforts are thwarted. They may find success for an hour or even a … READ MORE

How to get back to writing after a break

Writers are vulnerable creatures, and it doesn’t usually take a lot for us to make an excuse to not write one day. I’m not going to harp on anyone for taking a healthy break from writing, but it’s a slippery slope. If we’re taking a break for the wrong reason, … READ MORE