The tools and strategies I use in my writing and story planning process.
The biggest obstacle in a creative person’s life is how they view their art. Do you see it as a priority, or is it merely a hobby? If you’d like to find ways to add more creativity to your life in 2020, read this.
Recently, a writer friend asked me how I combat writer’s block. Before I share what I told her, let me just tell you that writer’s block doesn’t discriminate. I don’t care if you’re JK frickin Rowling, every author is afflicted with this curse. Case in point, I gave this friend my answer for battling writer’s … Continue reading 3 ways to combat writer’s block
A friend of mine was telling me about a young writer she knows who was having some serious doubts about her writing. Man, do I know how that feels! I think any of us who have discovered the joy of writing have also discovered the weight of it, too. A few years back I wrote … Continue reading How to silence your inner writing critic
I'm reading "Make Your Words Work," by Gary Provost, an essential book for every writer. This is a book I wish I'd read before ever attempting to write a novel. I've barely scratched the surface, and already I've learned so much. One of the exercises in the book was to write a paragraph using all … Continue reading Writing exercise: Using all 5 senses
Every November, hundreds of thousands of writers commit to a month of solitude for a national (even worldwide) phenomenon known as National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo. The goal is to have a 50,000-word story at the end of 30 days. I have taken part in NaNoWriMo since 2010, and it’s a big reason why … Continue reading Prepping for NaNoWriMo
This week I was a guest on Culture Dept., a podcast that, in their words, "features interviews with artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs who share their insights on building a sustainable, contemporary creative life." Host Daedalus Howell and I discussed how to make creativity a huge part of one’s life, accomplishing creative goals even with a busy schedule … Continue reading Culture Dept. podcast: Reclaim Your Creative Soul
I remember when I first started publishing my books, my marketing focus was on the whole wide world. With the internet at my disposal, it made sense to me. I could reach anyone, anywhere, and sell to hundreds of thousands of people without ever having to leave the comfort of my own home. My first … Continue reading Getting personal with book selling
Hey everyone! I wanted to give you all a quick update on new places you can get my books. First and foremost, the publication date for Loving the Wind: The story of Tiger Lily & Peter Pan, has been updated to August! To be notified of its release, be sure to sign up for my … Continue reading Updates: Free book, release news and more
As long as I've been able to write, I've known I wanted to be a writer. But as we all know, the desire to be a writer doesn't create books alone. I've started writing novels, only to give up three chapters in. I've hidden my writing so that the world would never see my scribbles. … Continue reading 8 things I wish I’d known as a newbie writer