Tip Tuesday: Say Goodbye to Perfection

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 →

Tip Tuesday: Remember To Live

  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 →

Tip Tuesday: Beating Writer’s Block

  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 →

Tip Tuesday: Focus

  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 →

10 Ways To Boost Your Creativity

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 →

How To Become A Good Writer

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 →

10 Ways To Remain Sane While Writing

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 →

10 Reasons Why Your Readers Distrust You

10. Your story is layered with cliches and tropes. Yes, we're starting off with the big ones. <insert cringe here> There are no twists or turning the cliches on their proverbial heads; instead, every move your protagonist makes is predictable. Soon your reader is wondering, "Haven't I read this story a hundred times?" 9. Too many... Continue Reading →

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