Eat The Bigger Frog First.

Today’s topic is procrastination. Recently I came across a quote attributed to Mark Twain and I felt the it was particularly appropriate for creatives doing new year planning. There are a lot of things a writer can be doing, other than actually writing.  So if your goal is to write every day, or write a […]

3 Successful Storytellers & Lessons From Their Mindset

The term “mindset” is getting used a lot these days.  And many writing books start with the advice to keep it foremost in your mind that YOU ARE A WRITER. In her now classic Harvard commencement speech, J.K. Rowling discusses living in poverty and how she wrote on her lunch break and at cafes.  She explains […]

2 Time Management Tips for Creatives

I’ve been listening to a number of interviews with people who have transitioned to writing full time.  It has been fascinating to listen to people talk about the years beforehand, when they worked a dayjob and had to wedge in their writing time. Many of theme woke early, getting up at 5am (or even earlier) […]

Choosing Abundance in 2017

There are so many fantastic webinars and blog posts this time of year, about planning and thinking positively.  I’ve enjoyed them all and in the spirit of that planning, I made my vision board yesterday. What’s the purpose of the vision board? Two things, both of which retrain the brain for success: Affirmation Subliminal Messaging […]

What’s The Secret Ingredient To Finishing Your Book?

    Answer: There is no secret ingredient.  There’s just you. When I started NaNoWriMo, I wanted to make sure I armed myself with all the things I would need to finish successfully. So I set expectations with my family and myself about writing time. I constructed a minimalist plotline that I thought was simple […]

Are You Having Fun? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself.

Dale Carnegie once said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” I love that.  It’s a reminder to me that if I am dragging my heels about something that I need to reframe it.  How can I make it a better experience? Most of us are good at working hard. […]

Unfolding Your Own Myth

I haven’t written enough fiction (yet!) to find my fiction voice, but I do think that blog writing lends itself well to having a writing voice in general. For fiction, I find myself turning back to my favorite authors, reading their great works again with my editor’s hat on.  My friend called it, “looking under […]

Scene Mapping With Scrivener

So in my last post, I talked about how Rachel Aaron recommends making a scene map. Since I own Scrivener, I imported my MS Word file from NaNoWriMo (100+ pages!) into Scrivener and now I have a great visual way to see my story with the Corkboard view. Here’s the corkboard view: And for those […]

You Finished Writing Your 1st Draft, Now What?

Ok Wrimos, you’ve made it to the magical milestone of finishing your first draft. It was awesome, you celebrated, you took a snapshot of your winner certificate.  But now what? If you’re like me, you’re probably slightly nauseated at the editing and re-writes that await you. So in the spirit of eating an elephant one […]

3 Things I used to Refill the Creative Well after NaNoWriMo

I had heard other authors discuss this but had nothing to base it on until after doing NaNoWriMo myself, and that is the experience of writing until you are empty. 50k words was the most I had ever written before on any subject, EVER.  It was over 100 pages single spaced–and, it wasn’t even finished. […]