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 →
We've all been there. That time our dream agent turned down the manuscript we worked on for years. Or when a beta reader said the book wasn't worth publishing. Some days it's hard to hold on to the dream. Looking for encouragement? A reason to keep writing? You've come to the right place. I asked... Continue Reading →
"I'll race you." He flashed me a mischievous grin. "Up the hill, past that circle of pines." I glanced in the direction he was pointing. Seriously? The hill he'd chosen was impossibly steep. . .and buried in snow. Talk about a suicide mission. I checked my sturdy snow boots and calculated my chances of beating... Continue Reading →
Remember--- behind the illusion of overnight success are years of struggle and failure. One doesn't reach their dreams by simply wishing.
I usually don't feel inspired to write. It's partway through that you start thinking, "This is awesome and I'm glad I'm writing today. "
Be your turtle self. When I first started writing, so much about the author world intimidated me because I was constantly comparing. . . . Embrace your weaknesses and strengths so you can focus on your goals.
You turn the page in a new notebook or open a Word document with dreams of the story to come. If you're like me, you've been thinking of these characters for months, maybe years, and you think you know them inside out. Nothing to surprise you here. You start writing --- and then the miracle... Continue Reading →
You control destinies by your pen. You summon adventure and love and death. You are the ruler of worlds that readers can only dream of. You, my friend, are a writer. Books offer escape and vision, and you are the one who opens the portal. You show them the path out of the real world... Continue Reading →
Hi, Beckie! Thank you for joining us today. How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I was very young. I started with writing songs and poems. We moved a lot when I was growing up (over 20 times). My friends were in the books I'd read and the stories I would... Continue Reading →
Do you ever feel like other writers hold the key to success? We listen to them describe how their curiosity and creativity accompany them through every waking moment, how their stories never cease to flow through them, how many awards they've won. We listen. And we grow weak with jealousy. "How can they already be... Continue Reading →