Announcing Author Jacqui Murray

Today I’m thrilled to host Jacqui Murray from WordDreams as she launches her exciting new book Survival of the Fittest. Jacqui and I began our blogging friendship about a year or so ago. She is a delightful lady who shares helpful tech-y type stuff on her blog as well as some … READ MORE

Why Do Some Goals Fail?

Have you ever set a goal or made a new year’s resolution where you were pumped and excited at first, then your momentum fizzled out and you lost interest in your end goal? This happens to the best of us! Some goals fail because they don’t meet five necessary conditions … READ MORE

Marching Toward Goal Achievement

Welcome to my 4-part blog series on Marching toward Goal Achievement. This is a reblog from last year. March-ing toward Goal Achievement is not just a play on words–this time of year truly does kick my butt. I suffer low energy levels and my productivity output decreases. The strategies I … READ MORE

How to Begin Crafting Character Arcs

Do you know where your character is right this second? Do you know where he’s going to end up? Do you have a logical, tension-filled, engaging path for him to follow? Character arc, writers, is one of those necessary pre-writing decisions you need to make for your story. The type … READ MORE

How to build a character from scratch

Story is about a character who has to fight harrowing odds to achieve the one thing he wants desperately. This means, in a nutshell, your story is all about a character in conflict. Conflict is what makes your character interesting and readable. We don’t have to like your character but … READ MORE

What are the most common weak words?

Weak words are a story’s nemesis. They are easy to use, serve multiple purposes, and act as quick fillers–but they drag your story down and dim your writing. They crop up like kittens unless we are paying strict attention to each sentence we compose. With care and time, you can … READ MORE

What is Your Writing Process of Choice?

Writing process is the system writers use to begin and finish their projects. Each process will vary from writer to writer. Some writers are overwhelmed by the need to tell a story, caring only about letting the story loose onto the page, wildly spilling forth the characters, setting, and problems, … READ MORE

HOW DO YOU STAY ACCOUNTABLE TO YOUR WRITING?

One of the many grumblings I hear among people on social media is that they struggle with self-management = accountability. This includes sticking to goals, organization, time, attention/distraction. As lone wolves, writers are forced to rely on themselves to get the work done, however they planned it. Or didn’t plan … READ MORE

Writing with your Inner Critic

My inner critic first visited me when I was in junior high school, and she has never left. I christened her ‘Eris’ after I took a mythology course. I thought it was appropriate. If Eris were a character in a novel, I would describe her as a dangerously beautiful pirate, … READ MORE

And You’re a Writer

When someone comes up to me and tells me they’ve been struggling with setting up daily writing habits, committing to a writing practice, or even time management (fitting writing into a busy lifestyle), one of the first questions I will ask: Have you identified yourself as a writer? Identity is … READ MORE