For a variety of reasons, 2018 was not a strong year of writing for me. But I never stopped cooking.Read More
Popping in after nine months away to make two confessions about my writing life.
And P.S., can you still call it a writing life if you haven’t done much writing? Asking for a friend.Read More
What I really, really want this year is admittedly huge and will have the longest-lasting impact on my writing life: I want to define my writing brand and orient my work toward that end.
Before you ick out over the word "brand" when it's applied to a creative craft, let me share how I'm defining this: I want to figure out who I am as a writer, what my voice sounds like, the type of stories I want to tell, the messages I want to impart. Phew, that's a big one. But I think it's time.Read More
The end of a year is full of actions you're meant to take, from setting earnest health goals to making amends with friends. December is a grand rush to tie up loose ends and skate into the new year fresh and apple-cheeked.
What we have in common, my friends, is that we want to write well, and we want to do it year-round, not just in January. So let's talk about the self-care work you'll want to do before you even start writing that outline.Read More
Crafting an outline for your writing project is one tool you can use to reach that ever-exciting The End. But there are no grade-school flashbacks here and certainly no wooden ruler crackdowns. Here's one way you might go about creating your book's outline and several reasons why you should.Read More
There's an old proverb that says to never let the truth get in the way of a good story. But what about when it's your job to lie in order to tell a story?
Ghostwriting for clients was the catalyst to help this writer find her truth again and recapture her unique creative voice.Read More
Journalists report stories using the tried-and-true questions who, what, where, when, why and how. This way, they're sure to cover their story's basics so readers aren't left in confusion. The same journalistic questions can get you out of a writing rut by helping foster the right atmosphere for writing.Read More
Writing needn't always be made out to be a nose-to-the-grindstone, make-it-or-break-it cram session. I have a few cheap-o tricks for making writing feel special and not rushed. Does it take away some of the grit? Sure. But I don't always want to write in the gutter. Sometimes I like nice hand lotion and a quiet space.Read More
While creative writers rock my socks off, there are five things I wish they understood about our work together to make our projects run more smoothly. Here's a little glimpse behind the curtain (j/k, you know I'm an open book).Read More
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