Things We Forget

I remember a moment of time before I signed my first publication contract when I would hear published authors say - All of you newer writers, enjoy this time of no deadlines, where you are writing purely for the joy of writing. Where you can shut out the world, deadlines, editors, and critics and just … Continue reading Things We Forget

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On The Other Side of Fear

Yeah, I'm late to see THIS VIDEO. I don't care. If you don't want to watch the whole thing, the final thought was - "On the other side of your maximum fear, are the best things in life." And I've been thinking about how this pertains to writing. And how so many of us writers, … Continue reading On The Other Side of Fear

Mad Drafting Skills: DON’T PANIC

So, last time, we talked about FLYING through word count. But that doesn't always happen, right? Sometime we hit a wall that needs to be broken through or climbed over. DON'T PANIC. I don't know a single author who hasn't been stumped at some point in time, on one or several projects...   Here are … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skills: DON’T PANIC

Mad Drafting Skills Part V: Killin’ It

I think almost every writer has experienced that bit of euphoria that comes when your fingers can't keep up with how fast the story is coming from your brain. IT JUST IS. This feeling reminds me a bit of that moment when acting on stage and you go from yourself to the character, and everything … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skills Part V: Killin’ It

Mad Drafting Skillz Part III: Pre Writing – VISUALS (aka ALLLL the prettiessss)

Pretty much everything I talk about today is something you can include your family in, if you're a writer who is always juggling your family time with your work time with your writing time.   I'm a visual learner. If we meet, I'll ask you your name about 8 times before I learn it (or just … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skillz Part III: Pre Writing – VISUALS (aka ALLLL the prettiessss)

Mad Drafting Skillz Part II: Pre-writing RESEARCH

You know that really annoying saying out there that says - WRITE WHAT YOU KNOW? And as creative people, we kind of HATE THAT? Because we write mythical creatures and experiences and things we'll never actually KNOW? This is why research is so important. I spend a lot of time thinking about a novel before … Continue reading Mad Drafting Skillz Part II: Pre-writing RESEARCH