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 …

Maintaining Momentum Over the Summer

Why is it that when the warm weather comes along, we suddenly slough off all our wonderful, productive habits as we apply a layer of sunscreen? You know what it’s like: you just get into the groove of writing that book you always wanted to write and then, bam, it’s vacation time and your precious habit is being hijacked by …

Memoir: Oversharing or just right?

Do you battle with how much to share about your life in your memoir? There are a few sides from which you can approach this issue. What can you write legally? What can you share with the world with your head held high? Be honest, is there a note of revenge? And most importantly, does it serve the story? Legally …

Silencing the Inner Critic

I have believed for a long time that writers (and other artists) have a more active and louder inner critic than the rest of the world. I see it every day with my clients and listen to the war waging in my own mind all the time. There are times that I sit down to my computer in my comfortable …

Setting The Scene

The biggest indicator to me that someone is new to writing stories is that they miss the opportunity to set the scene and anchor the reader in the story. I recoil with embarrassment when I go back and read my first attempts at writing a book! It consisted mainly of dialogue and introspection. Two talking heads floating in space does …

Setting Writing Goals

First, I urge you to set realistic writing goals. I am usually quite vocal about the vile taste that rises in my mouth when I hear about “write your book in a weekend” type programs. They make me want to pull my hair out! You might be able to write the first draft of a lead magnet to sell for …