Developing your writer's voice

Developing your Writer’s Voice

When it comes to musical tastes, some of us like jazz, some of us like country and some of us like heavy metal. We can easily tell the difference in the voice of each genre—the smooth jazz voice compared to the country twang and the screaming rock. We can also identify a particular singer’s voice as soon as we hear …

Top 10 books for writers

Top 10 Books for Writers

I’ve been on this writing journey for over 30 years now and writing professionally for twelve. I was not born an award winner. I had to hone my craft because we all learn as we go. Like many writers, I also love to read and over the years certain books have stayed with me and helped me along my journey. …

Write Deep

Writing Deep

There is a perpetual discussion in my marriage when it comes to cooking. My husband likes the low and slow method, whereas I am a high heat—can’t wait to eat kind of gal. In fact, I’m in a rush for most tasks in my life, which does not always serve writing deep. Writing deep requires us to slow down. As …

The Agent Search

The Agent Search

Last night, at ten in the evening, I received a celebratory text from a client saying she’d just hit SEND on her full manuscript requested by a literary agent. Together, we had begun her agent search a few months ago and after a few queries and getting no response she finally had someone interested in her project. There was much …

Finding Time

Finding Time

“I can’t find the time!” I hear this often, and quite honestly, it’s my own number one refrain when assigned any new task. Whether it’s setting aside the time to write a blog post or newsletter or getting around to that book you keep meaning to write, time can be an elusive creature. Yet, Brené Brown, Glennon Doyle and Oprah …

Staring at a blank page

Staring at a Blank Page?

Whether it’s time to write a blog or the next chapter in your book, nothing is quite as demoralizing as staring at a blank page with a blank mind offering up not one word to write. Here are my favorite go-to tricks to get out of writer’s block. Go for a walk Getting away from a screen and moving your …

Writing Desk

7 Benefits of Writing Retreats

This blog may only innumerate 7 benefits of writing retreats, but I can assure you that in my case those benefits have been innumerable. I attended my first writing retreat when my kids were ages 2, 4, 11 and 13. Raising four children should be reason enough to run away to write, but allow me to elaborate on what I …

Publishing Lingo

We’ve all been there, eyes glazed over as we listen to an expert in their field ramble on using their industry lingo oblivious that they’ve lost us. In the doctor’s office, in the accountant or lawyer’s office, on a call with some customer service department for a technology device and the acronyms start flying past us at warp speed. Allow …

Size Matters

I was recently tagged in a Facebook post from a friend of a friend. This lady was over the moon excited that she’d finally finished writing her book, and I was tagged because she was looking for someone who had connections to editors and traditional publishers. In her post, she wrote, “I’ve finally completed my book and I don’t know …

Self-Editing is a Trap

Let me ease the mind of all of you who have embarked on a new journey of choosing to write a book and are now hesitating in front of a blank page waiting for the perfect sentence to flow out of your fingers, or are reading what you’ve just spent hours writing only to think it is complete and utter …