Looking back, I'm frustrated with my former self. That nervous, self-doubting version of me that wasted far too much time waiting for the perfect opening line and the perfect storyline. I spent months waiting for inspiration. Before realizing I WASN'T WRITING AT ALL. Don't waste time waiting for inspiration. Say goodbye to perfection. And just... Continue Reading →
Exhaustion can shut down our creativity. Schedule breaks to take a short walk, take a nap, read, eat snacks, whatever relaxes you. Our brains need time to process. And, most of all, we need time away from writing to refresh our creativity. It's impossible to write accurately about life without experiencing it. Don't be... 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.
When we first start our books, it's magic. We're captivated by the stories playing in our heads, by the characters, by (let's be honest) everything that spills across the pages. But as time goes on, we grow tired. Distracted. New stories torment us from a distance, and all we want to do is step back... Continue Reading →
You sit down and place your manuscript on the table. Behind you, fellow writers line up for their upcoming critiques, but, for this moment, you have the agent's attention all to yourself. After all, this is why you attended this writer's conference: to sign the book deal that will launch your career. The agent reaches... Continue Reading →
We all had to begin somewhere. Young wide-eyed writers with dreams and pen and ink and the courage to change the world. We had much to learn. . .but we have no idea the journey that laid before us. I asked my writer friends what they wished their younger self knew about writing: ". .... Continue Reading →
Whether you're at a family visit or a party with friends, keep a notebook on hand. You never know when someone's off-the-wall statements may inspire an idea.
Hi, Pam! Thank you for joining us today. How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer? I think my first finished story was in fourth grade (it was a mystery - the case of the missing skateboard!) but I have always loved reading – adventure, mystery, history, contemporary, whatever I... Continue Reading →