Eat The Bigger Frog First.

Eat The Bigger Frog First.

Today’s topic is procrastination. Recently I came across a quote attributed to Mark Twain and I felt that it was particularly appropriate for creatives doing new year planning. “If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in...
3 Successful Storytellers & Lessons From Their Mindset

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...
2 Time Management Tips for Creatives

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...
Choosing Abundance in 2017

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,...
What’s The Secret Ingredient To Finishing Your Book?

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...
Are You Having Fun? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself.

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...
Unfolding Your Own Myth

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...
Scene Mapping With Scrivener

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...
You Finished Writing Your 1st Draft, Now What?

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...
What Every Writer Needs to Finish NaNoWriMo

What Every Writer Needs to Finish NaNoWriMo

I finished 50k words tonight.  There were a lot of reasons why I didn’t think I was going to make it.  I had been traveling (3 trips in November!), I had family obligations, I had a day job that I needed in order to pay the bills. But overall, I made a big push...
Start From the End

Start From the End

NaNoWriMo was set to start on Nov. 1 whether I had a plan or not.  So I went over to my co-blogger’s house and sat at her cozy kitchen nook and jotted down some character notes. A few minutes later, I had a vague plan.  Meet Anna, an aspiring Valkyrie. Then,...

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