Most 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…] about What Liz Gilbert Taught Me About Writing
From 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 writing 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…] about 3 Ways Less Creates More for Your Writing
Back 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…] about How to Stretch Yourself as a Writer (without breaking)
I recently learned 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…
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…] about A Trick to Tame Your Bad Writing Habits
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…] about What to Do When You’re Dying to Write, but Life Won’t Let You