Endings are a struggle. If you leave too many plot problems unresolved, then the ending doesn’t feel complete. But if you wrap up the story (complete with a neat little bow), the story doesn’t feel real. Striking that happy balance between significant resolution while leaving a few things undone is where I get on the … More E=Endings
I am a firm believer that every writer needs a helper. Sometimes the helper comes in the form of an honest friend, willing to read your work and offer constructive criticism. Or maybe a helpful spouse who helps you extract a character out of the corner you’ve written them into. But most of the time, … More Every Writer Needs a Helper
I worked in an office where the heating unit had been recently replaced along with all the ducts and other heating/air conditioning elements. When winter rolled around, the heat sounded like it was on (like having a jet engine kick on just over head) except that you couldn’t actually feel air coming from the vent … More It’s Not a Microwave
Very excited to be joining the online writer’s course from the University of Iowa! I think it will be really helpful in motivating me to focus on my writing and help me make my writing better! It’s completely free and you can even earn a Certificate from it (If you’re willing to shell out $50 … More Free online writer’s course!!
Ran across Dear Polly: Should I just Give up on my Writing? today and it really hit a note with me. The person asking Polly the question explains that she feels like her writing career isn’t going anywhere and she hadn’t achieved popularity with readers. (It’s much deeper than that, so I recommend giving the … More “Every Day a Writer Starts Over”
Some days as a writer are easier than others. I have moments where I can pour out between 2-4,000 words in a sitting. And then there are days when I’m struggling to break 500 words. Today is one of those struggle-bus days. Ugh.
If there’s something I love better than reading or writing, it’s thinking up new story ideas. In fact, sometimes I can’t stop myself. Sometimes I’m up to my arms in work, half-way through a book that’s been flying onto the page from my fingertips, and suddenly, a new, completely different story idea flits into the … More Ooh – Shiny!
Whether you’re freezing up at that damn blinking cursor or the characters in your Work In Progress have simply fizzled out and lost their allure, here are a few ways to shake your funk and get those creative juices flowing again. 1. Write in a different environment I have a really bad habit of always … More 3 Writer’s Block Suggestions
I just stumbled across Lewis Howes’ The School of Greatness podcast and LOVE IT! He interviews an amazing variety of people – authors, athletes, entrepreneurs – and talks about each interviewee’s specific field and what they consider success. Recently he interviewed author Jeff Goins (who is out of Nashville – woot, woot!) and they discussed some key … More Waiting for Clarity
I think I just found my new hero. While researching information about freelance writing (i.e. checking out the corners of the internet in an attempt to procrastinate writing), I came across a really amazing blog that I wish I’d stumbled across sooner. It’s called Cordelia Calls it Quits and is written by Kelly Gurnett, … More My New Hero