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 →
If you're like me, you've found yourself saying no to your dreams. Dismissing them as "too far-fetched" or "impossible." When, in reality, dreams are the very thing that push us forward. We have become used to hearing no. Have closed ourselves into the safe little bubble of what we can do, where we're protected and there... Continue Reading →
Remember--- behind the illusion of overnight success are years of struggle and failure. One doesn't reach their dreams by simply wishing.
You spot a bookstore on your way to the grocery store. You... (A) Scout out the place and decide to return later when you have more time to browse (B) Drive on. You don't need more books, anyway (C) Spend all your grocery money on books (D) Apply for a new credit card so you... Continue Reading →
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 →
It usually goes like this: Friend: "So. How are the edits coming along?" Me [grins sheepishly]: "I'm working on another book." Friend: "A SECOND book?" Me: "Well...and another one after that." *long, guilty silence* Me [mumbles]: "I'm writing four books, OK? That's it." Friend: *brings straitjacket* The past few months have been relentless. I write... Continue Reading →
Hi, Jamie! Thank you for joining us today! How long have you been writing? What inspired your quest to become a writer? I've only been writing since 2011, but I've been dreaming up other worlds since high school... and storytelling, since I apparently won the "Storytelling" award in second grade. (I'm not sure if that... Continue Reading →
This morning, I sat down with [insert your protagonist's name] and asked them what really irritated them about their author. Their answer? "I don't think we have enough time for everything, but. . . ." 10. You have all control over my life. I just want a safe, calm, relaxing life--- but noooo. You turn... Continue Reading →
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.