There were many, many years in your favorite writer's life when she didn't have any books published. She just had a collection of ideas, like you. Like all of us who want to become better at our vocation.
What feels like the biggest hurdle for you right now? Are you too busy trying to survive it with the tools you already have to put a name to it, break it down and tackle it? Read More
Each literary magazine or writing contest has its own rules for how submissions should be formatted. Some want pages numbered, others want cover pages, most want cover letters, while still others think cover letters are outdated. It's crucial that you read each opportunity's guidelines so your submission isn't rejected for simply being improperly formatted. Read More
There are seven mistakes I see time and again with query letters to literary agents, missteps that will prevent your great work from reaching its audience. Let's chat through them so we make sure your query letter isn't one of the uh-ohs. Read More
Consumers are looking to build relationships with brands they trust, and that requires an ongoing conversation -- one that continues on your company blog, in your social feed, over email and beyond.
Many businesses and marketers struggle to keep up with the demand for new content. Outsourcing that content's creation is one solution to continue building customer relationships while keeping your wits about you. Read More
Here, because your work deserves to be read, are 21 opportunities to submit in what remains of April and May. That's 21 chances you could be published, win a prize, be recognized for being the kick-ass talent you and I know you are. Read More
Everyone everywhere feels misunderstood in some way. Does it help to hear that, to know that one thing we have in common is feeling like others don't grasp what we feel most profoundly? Here are the seven myths about writers I find myself correcting on the regular.
What myths have you heard? Let's set them straight. Read More
Having an organized way to keep track of your submissions to literary magazines, agents and writing contests means no oopsies in front of people you admire and greater sanity for yourself. Read More
Not even Shakespeare moved forward with his first draft. Before submitting your work anywhere, slash that story to bits. Delete lazy words. Remove the boring scenes and puffy over-explanations that we all write when caught up in that ever-alluring inspiration. Read More
What's keeping you away from doing the hard work of staring down the blank page? It only helps to better understand how our minds work, where we find energy and inspiration. Let's start with a list. Read More
Yesterday, I did something I never could have anticipated. When I hit a point in my current writing project where I felt stuck and stilted, I dug out a piece I put to bed a few weeks ago. I reread it.
It bolstered me. I felt awe in the creative process and appreciation in my ability to write what I meant to write. And then I wrote, wrote, wrote fueled by the proof that yes, I can do this. I've done it before. I'll do it again, and now. Read More