1. Plan out your dreams. Is this the year you decide to self-publish? Or maybe the year you start pitching your book to agents? Either way, you will be swamped with an unending to-do list. A writing planner can help you keep track and set goals, so you won't lose valuable time. (I love The... Continue Reading →
"I don't have time to read." I hear that comment frequently from other writers, and, to be honest, it baffles me. A life without reading? How do you even live? Without a steady diet of reading, my brain grows lazy and it becomes far more difficult for me to write. [Cue five hours of staring at... Continue Reading →
"'You must write what is popular to succeed.' This one....ugh! It gets me every time. Popular trends are trends and trends fade out. Real passion stands the test of time." ---K.B. Cox "That. This. Is. Easy!!!" --- Justin Edison "Write what you know. Pffff...there'd be no fantasy or sci-fi if that was true!" --- Jacqui Greaves... 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 →
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 →
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 →
You know you're editing when. . . you realize you are the Smaug of words and decide to heap them in a pile around you and sleep for two centuries.
Feeling over-stressed? Overwhelmed by responsibilities and edits and runaway characters? Let's face it. Writers work hard --- and we don't know when to stop. Instead we push ourselves until we're threatened by burnout. Here are 10 ways to remain sane while writing. 10. Make a schedule. I'm not a list maker, but I've found that... Continue Reading →