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

Just 15 Minutes

I call myself a Time Warrior because I know how to make time to write. As someone who juggles family, freelance jobs, environment activism, pets from pre-dawn to good-night kisses, I can still get in two hours at least of writing every day. My fast-action schedule doesn’t leave a lot … READ MORE

Why you should know your writing purpose

One of the top struggles I hear about from writers is the inability to finish a project. Reasons run the gamut from “not having enough time” to “lost confidence.” Rather than tangling ourselves up with figuring out methods on HOW to finish, I want you to focus on WHY you … READ MORE

Dare to be a Voice–Fundraising Project

My fundraising project Dare to be a Voice is officially published in both e-book and print versions. This would make an EXCELLENT gift for someone in your life who LOVES wildlife, who LOVES our planet, and who WANTS to read some fun, creative stories by talented young writers! Here are … READ MORE

Dare to be a Voice is Published

Huzzah! Dare to be a Voice is officially published in both e-book and print versions. This would make an EXCELLENT gift for someone in your life who LOVES animals, who LOVES our planet, and who WANTS to read some fun, creative stories by talented young writers! Here are the links: … READ MORE

Dare to be a Voice

This month I’ll be focusing my blog on my forthcoming anthology Dare to be a Voice. Wildlife and wild places written by talented young writers are at the heart of this anthology. Publishing an anthology was a brainstorm of mine when I felt the need to try something new and … READ MORE