Guest Post – Patty H. Scott

Hey there, Writer! Today I’m hosting Patty H. Scott, author of Slow Down, Mama — Intentional Living in a Hurried World. Have you found yourself regularly saying there isn’t enough time in the day? Is your life flying by while you are missing out on what matters most? In Slow Down, … READ MORE

Letter to a Young Writer

Dear Young Writer, I can feel the rhythm of your heart pick up when we walk into a bookstore. The light in your eyes reflects goldfoil and gloss, your hands respectful in their discovery of story. You have a dream to be a published author, a real one with real … READ MORE

Who is the Best Character to Tell the Story?

Point of view (POV) is a course in itself. Seriously. There are so many facets to think about with point of view – and many of them must be decided before you even begin to write your book. Telling your story from the WRONG POV is very easy to do. … READ MORE

Two Tricks to Unblock Writer’s Block

Hey there, Writers! Popping in with a mini-post on WRITER’S BLOCK for y’all! This is one of my lessons from my FREE writing course How to Fill Your Creative Well. I’m sharing with you because it’s valuable advice for any writer at any part of the journey that they can use … READ MORE

Short Story Published — “A Forgotten Way”

A new short story of mine has been published by Piscataqua Press in Wayfaring, a literary anthology. “A Forgotten Way” is a story about Della, a mom who has suffered a devastating loss. Her grief and guilt are so great she is neglecting her nine-year-old daughter Julia. My childhood home … READ MORE

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