Struggling with a scene? Backtrack. See where your interest deviated. There’s a chance you took the wrong step with the story and it’s fighting back. More often than not, writer's block lays siege because we, the writers, took a path the story didn't want to follow. Listen to your story. Start over from the... Continue Reading →
10. We aren't always productive. Some days, the words refuse to transfer from our brain to our fingers and we're left wordless and empty. How does the rest of the world survive without the release of writing? 9. We're driven by desperation. Characters hound us in our sleep and editors and readers send impatient emails... Continue Reading →
Struggling with focus today? Close your eyes and imagine how it will feel to hold your finished book in your hands. The pride of accomplishment. The utter bliss of all you have created and the characters you have brought to life. Hold to that feeling. Remind yourself that it is all worth it. Now,... Continue Reading →
Ever stare at your laptop and feel like the blank page is mocking you? Yeah, that feeling. We're writers, after all. We've all been there. We push ourselves until our creativity disappears and we're left hanging on to the thin web of our sanity, screaming for our brains to KEEP WORKING. (Maybe that's just me?) So... Continue Reading →
We may be superheroes (let's hear it for writers!), but some days we could use a helping hand and a little prodding to keep writing. After all, the writing journey is filled with unexpected twists, dead ends, and endless backtracking. Things like writer's block. Rejection letters. So how do we motivate ourselves to keep writing... Continue Reading →
Have you ever felt like something was missing? You sit down to write, but fear seizes hold, shuts down your creativity. Or maybe you've sent out query after query, only to receive a stream of rejection. Beta readers praise your story, but then comes that ominous pause. "But...." Maybe the culprit is stilted wording. Lackluster characters.... Continue Reading →
Myth 10: Survival is an option. I mean, I survived this far, right? Nothing bad happens near the ending. Truth: All the bad things happen near the ending.