How to Select a Designer for Your Book (+ My Cover Reveal)

Pennies from Burger Heaven LARGE EBOOKThe old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” is a flat-out lie. That’s the first thing you see of an author’s work, so you can’t help but make assumptions. It’s human nature.

Since I’ve just completed my first experience with a designer for Pennies from Burger Heaven, I want to share with you what I’ve learned. Know this above all else: [Read more…]

What Liz Gilbert Taught Me About Writing

big-magic-elizabeth-gilbertMost writers need an attitude adjustment about their creativity. I know I did. After reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, my head’s buzzing with ideas to share with you. It blew me away. The #1 takeaway you need to hear… [Read more…]

Why You Should Embrace the Risks in Your Writing

skipjackpublishing-enhanced-logo-for-skipyI landed a publisher for my debut novel! SkipJack Publishing will launch my literary suspense, Pennies from Burger Heaven, on January 21, 2016. I’m beyond thrilled about this, and my success is an important lesson for us all…

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3 Ways Less Creates More for Your Writing

mpw - Less is More SunFrom time to time, you should take stock of your life for situations that no longer serve you or your writing, then let them go. Even activities you once loved. Doing so will help your creative process overall.

Recently, I shared how I’ve given up the last of my regular guest posts on huge blogs. The decision was not done lightly, but was necessary to gain more time personally and professionally. That thought process has made me reevaluate my whole world. You should do the same, because… [Read more…]

How to Stretch Yourself as a Writer (without breaking)

stretch-armstrong-stretch mpwBack in the day, my brother had a Stretch Armstrong doll that we loved as kids. He’d yank that poor guy one way and I’d pull him the other way until we s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-d him as far as we could. We thought it was hysterical and spent hours torturing playing with him.

Sometimes, I feel like Stretch Armstrong. Writers must do so much more today than place words on a page in the correct order. Whether you’re traditionally published or indie, you must…. [Read more…]

Creative Writing Solutions to Your First Draft Problems

I recently mpw - writing solutionslearned a valuable lesson after finishing the first draft of my latest novel that you should know for your writing. I realize now that I wrote Hell Bent and Heaven Bound (a 325-page manuscript) using three different methods.

At the time, I had no clue that’s what I’d done because I felt too lost in the day-to-day struggles of trying to create. I wasn’t analyzing my process because I was too busy trying to survive.

One skill every successful writer needs is…

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A Trick to Tame Your Bad Writing Habits

MPW - TAME BAD HABITSMy latest epiphany about my writing habits brought me both good news and bad news.

The good news is within the last two weeks I achieved my goal to write 1,400 – 1,5000 words everyday on my novel.

They are ugly and rough, but I still got the bones of my story down on paper. That alone thrills me, but even more so when I realized it totaled to 10,000 new words each week. This doesn’t include additional blog posts, client projects, etc., so woohoo! Yea, me!

The bad news is — you might be making the same mistake, too… [Read more…]

What to Do When You’re Dying to Write, but Life Won’t Let You

mpw - bus stationI was in a bad mood.

I didn’t get enough sleep the night before (turns out, the tea I drank after dinner wasn’t herbal; it had caffeine). It took me hours to fall asleep.

I woke up at 6:15 a.m. after not enough Z’s, drug my arse up to work on my novel a while. I wrote 1,000 ugly, awful words.

That session should’ve satisfied me for the day, but it didn’t. I did something that changed my attitude and helped my writing… [Read more…]

Why Writing is Like Climbing a Mountain

mpw - mountainMy husband and I took a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of the fun activities we did there was to climb Atalaya Mountain.

The trail itself isn’t hard (3.4 miles round trip, with only a few steep spots), but the sudden change in elevation made this Texas girl dizzy at first. My husband marched on, no problem, but I made us stop several times to rest. We got hot and sweaty, then it rained on us and we got cold and tired. I wasn’t sure I could make it the top, then, I had an epiphany to help you and me both…

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Where Do You Seek Writing Advice?

mpw - adviceDo you ever feel lost with your stories, the creative process, or publishing in general? Are you unsure what to do next?

Some days, I worry I’ve taken up permanent residence in the Land of Uncertainty. We may write alone, but we flourish within the community of the right circle of writers.

Where do you seek advice on your plot, your next career move, or navigating social media? When need be…. [Read more…]