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

Tough Love

One of my go-to writing warm-ups is to write a story inspired by three random words. This week, I was needing a bit of a break from query letter & synopsis writing, and I didn’t have enough time to dive into rewrites of book 2 of my series. But I … READ MORE

How to Write with Intention

Setting intentions is a powerful tool for helping us achieve writerly happiness and fulfillment. They provide us with insight to our writer self’s values, aspirations, and purpose. Our intentions allow us to live in the present moment while still aiming toward new achievements. Setting an intention is one step toward … READ MORE

Why do writers have trouble forming a writing habit?

Habit formation is directly linked to self-determination. The good news is that everyone can be trained to be self-determined. So even if you consider yourself the ambivalent sort, you can learn how to be more motivated to accomplish your goals. Your first order of business is to figure out what … READ MORE

How to Interview your Character

I’m not a big fan of doing character profiles that span years of randomness that may or may not make it into the story. In some cases, the background detail can inform the story we’re writing—but in other cases, not so much. We can actually get ourselves in a bind … READ MORE

My Top Three Creativity Enforcers

Creativity is a force within us that is susceptible to external energies. The benefit to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our actions, behavior, and mindset. The drawback to this relationship is that we can shape and develop our creativity based on our … READ MORE