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…
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…] about Where Do You Seek Writing Advice?
Summer is here and I have two teens home from high school. It’s a blessing and a curse. Although I’m enjoying a different pace, I already miss the chance to sneak in any daytime writing. I’m too busy coordinating their schedules: part-time jobs, online classes, chauffeuring the youngest to all his activities.
I’ve also been doing a lot of contract work lately, too. Another blessing and a curse. Of course, I love the extra cash and my husband is almost giddy about it, but again, that’s even less time to work on novel #5 (second in the Pennies from Burger Heaven series).
There’s a life lesson here for all writers, whether you have kids or not, work outside the home or not, plan to publish or not. In order for your writing to survive during difficult times, you must learn to… [Read more…] about How to WRITE Out the Storms of Your Life
Maybe you called them goals, objectives or intentions and prioritized them in order on a laminated sheet of paper. Maybe you didn’t call them anything special at all, or even bother to write them down. Regardless, here it is June, and… [Read more…] about Midyear Writing Slump? Here’s 3 Fixers
Writing the first draft of your story can be both joyous and torturous. I’m on page 21 of my new novel. It’s the follow-up to Pennies from Burger Heaven (still unpublished), so I have book two already plotted. Although it’s nice to know what happens next, the blasted book still needs 75,000 more words! Those first two chapters were not easy to do, but I at least enjoyed myself. I thought, “This book will be different. It’ll be fun!”
When it came time to tackle chapter three, fun went bye-bye. I encountered the dreaded… [Read more…] about How to Avoid Loser Writer Syndrome
Wow! My post Is Social Media Sucking the Life from Your Writing? seemed to resonate with many of you. Several people left comments, and even more of you emailed me about your struggles. This constant tug-of-war between making time to write and building your platform overwhelms you, drains your creativity and robs you of your enthusiasm for either endeavor.
I’m a curious creature, so I began to search for answers. I decided… [Read more…] about How to Find Balance between Your Writing and Building a Platform