When to STOP trying

As the mother of four children, I have seen the whole gamut of efforts made towards a task. A couple of them give up way too easily, one tends to last a lot longer in what I would consider an average amount of tenacity, and one of them I worry at times will kill themselves from their persistent, never-say-die pigheadedness. …

How to Choose Your Book’s Initial Readers

How to Choose Your Book’s Initial Readers

It’s not easy to decide who gets the first look at your book. It’s bad enough to have an inner critic doubting our ability and message’s worth; you do not need to add another real-life outer critic to the mix. How do you choose your initial readers who invariably become your initial commentators? Ideal Readers I teach that one of …

Writing the End

Writing The End

It can be difficult to know when you’re done with a writing project. Have you used the right words? Have you said enough or too much? And there’s always that question about perfect grammar (say yes to the Oxford comma!). Whether it’s a book or a blog post, sometimes writing The End can be the hardest part. This blog post …

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 …