Four Key Components to a Good Story

How do I turn a story idea into a story that people would want to read? So you have an idea and you wonder if it might make a good story. You play around with it, dress it up and take it out for coffee. You talk it over with … READ MORE

Curiosity Makes Writers

Curiosity is a live wire. Touch it, and sparks fly. Leave it alone, and you forget it’s there. Trust me, writers want the sparks to fly. Pay attention to what arouses your curiosity, explore the possibilities, wonder and ask questions. This is how writers begin. This is how they find … READ MORE

The Gift of Inspiration

It’s almost three months since writers reached the finish line of NaNoWriMo. If you participated, what have you done {with your NaNo project} since? Some writers ignore the “deadline” of November 30th, and keep writing. Others heave a huge sigh of relief, save their latest draft (you did save your … READ MORE

The Road to Writing Hell

“The road to writing hell is paved with procrastination.” I said this the other night to some writing buddies when we were talking about how hard it is to finish a manuscript. Philip Roth had once said, “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress,” and while this is true, … READ MORE

A book you should know about

One of my favorite hobbies is reading. But there are a few annoyances that block me from indulging as much as I’d like. Annoyance #1: I can’t read for longer than 15-20 minutes daily because my life is so filled with other things. I have to tack it on to … READ MORE

Are you too tired to create?

In my world, mid-October kicks off weeks—really, months—of seemingly endless activities, responsibilities, obligations, tasks, and busy work. I won’t come up for air until the end of January. Because this has been my story for years, I have been able to figure out some strategies to help me stay on … READ MORE

Suit up and Show up

How is it possible to get everything done in the middle of everything going on? September / October are my busiest, craziest months of the year and more times than I can count I’ve caught myself complaining: There’s no way I can get it all done. There’s no way I … READ MORE

How to start a writing project with confidence

Hey, I know it’s so much more fun to just sit at our computers or huddle in with our notebooks and just dive into the story. But if your intention is to write with any kind of end-goal then it will serve you better to at least plan out the … READ MORE

3 Steps to Transforming a Blocked Mindset into One that Thrives

Mindset can make or break a writing journey. Many writers don’t realize how much their inner critic can impact their writing routine. Where are you at in your creativity mindset? Are you feeling stuck, confused, frustrated, satisfied, neutral, joyful, bottomed-out, inspired? We are less likely to reach the vision of … READ MORE