Want to write better back cover copy for your books? Libbie Hawker to the rescue! [Book Review]

If you're a writer, you've probably heard of Libbie Hawker. She's one of those funny and smart writers whose name sticks in your head because of the crazy things she says and her lively attitude. And, of course, the crazy title of her other writing book. (It's called Take Off Your Pants!, and it's on … Continue reading Want to write better back cover copy for your books? Libbie Hawker to the rescue! [Book Review]

Problems? 5 tips to save your resolutions before they crash and burn.

In late 2014, I was overcome with a host of strange symptoms that I couldn’t pin on a particular illness. My face blazed with a blush that wouldn’t stop. My heartbeat was quick and irregular. And – wow – that vertigo. It took my legs out from under me and made me feel like I … Continue reading Problems? 5 tips to save your resolutions before they crash and burn.

Breaking Stories Down to Resonate with Readers with Christine Frazier. [Interview]

As a writer, I rely on a lot of resources to keep my mind sharp and my writing game strong. I love reading about the deconstruction of stories, what makes characters tick, and the other habits of writers - which is a big reason I started my interview series for the blog. Today's interviewee has … Continue reading Breaking Stories Down to Resonate with Readers with Christine Frazier. [Interview]

Writing to Live: You call it a hobby; I call it my lifeblood.

"Why do you write?" This is one of those questions we writers all get a lot. It may come in different forms, but it's always the same idea. What makes our brain so different that scribbling (or typing) is the only way we can make ourselves feel sufficiently heard in the world? Usually we get … Continue reading Writing to Live: You call it a hobby; I call it my lifeblood.

Three Things NaNoWriMo Has Taught Me: Guest Post by Emily Selleck

Last month, I asked a few of the peopole in my writing group for a guest post, and Emily Selleck was one of those who was kind enough to oblige. She's a riot - fun, happy, and full of great ideas. This is her take on that most hectic and brilliant of adventures: NaNoWriMo. Why … Continue reading Three Things NaNoWriMo Has Taught Me: Guest Post by Emily Selleck

4 things that should have tripped me up during NaNoWriMo 2016 – but didn’t.

My experience with NaNoWriMo this year was a little different than it had been in years past. I started late with an extensive outline on the first book in a new series that ended up being short of the 50,000-word mark. No big deal, right? On Starting Late and Outlining as a Plantser In previous years, … Continue reading 4 things that should have tripped me up during NaNoWriMo 2016 – but didn’t.

Celebrating Your Writing Accomplishments: This Time Two Years Ago

Originally published December 01, 2014 Nailed It! NaNoWriMo 2014 has come and gone, and to everyone who participated, I'd like to extend my warmest congratulations. Whether you wrote 50 words or 50,000, you wrote something more than you had in October, and that's to be celebrated. For myself, I'm happy to say I made it … Continue reading Celebrating Your Writing Accomplishments: This Time Two Years Ago

Learning from Our Mistakes and Triumphs: This Day in the Past

Originally published 11-17-2013 Can it be done? When I decided to do National Novel Writing Month again this year, I was hesitant, if not downright terrified. I had participated several times (at least a baker's half-dozen) before, and failed miserably every time. Each time I took part, I quit halfway through (or sooner), and my biggest word … Continue reading Learning from Our Mistakes and Triumphs: This Day in the Past