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. …

when not to write

When NOT to write a book

You would think that someone who makes a living off helping people write books wouldn’t turn business away, but I do. There are certain situations when people should not be focusing their time and energy on writing a book. Here are some times when you should not write a book: Your expertise is in a constantly changing subject Who has …

Read More in Your Genre

Read More in Your Genre

Writers and aspirational authors don’t usually need much convincing on the value of reading books. Most of us choose writing as a form of expression because we fell in love with a good book, usually at a young age. But here’s the kicker. If you want to write children’s books and haven’t read one since your adult son was in …

IN defense of memoir

In Defense of Memoir

“I’m not famous. I’m not writing a memoir!” I hear it all the time. Most often it is from women raised in the self-effacing era where we were told not to think too highly about ourselves. However, once I define memoir for them, they are completely on board. So, what is a memoir and how is it different than an …

lessons in being coached

Lessons in Being Coached

I have spent the last four months being coached by a developmental editor who used to work for a publishing house. It is very humbling to go from coach to coached, from the expert to the person asking for help. I have learned more than I could have imagined and not all of it relating to writing. Here are some …

Amazon Bestseller Myth

The Amazon Bestseller Myth

Many of my clients have the ultimate desire to rank #1 Bestseller on Amazon when they launch their books (knowing that the NYT Bestseller title is almost always held by a traditionally published book). They think it will give them more credibility or clout and single them out as the best of the best in a sea of 800,000 other …

Writing as Healing

Writing as Healing

If you are writing any form of your own story, either in a memoir or in vignettes in a non-fiction self-help or how-to book, there will be some self-exploration that occurs. The truth is that no one wants to read a book about how great you are and how swimmingly your life has gone. Nope. To write a good story …

Writing Great Dialogue

Writing Great Dialogue

Walk into any coffee shop in any city or town in North America and you are bound to find someone tapping away at a keyboard. The proverbial writer hyped on coffee writing the next bestseller. But did you know that us writers hang out in coffee shops for another motivation besides forcing ourselves to shower, dress and leave the house? …

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. …