• Inspiration,  Organization,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    Hopeful Strategies For When You Don’t Have Time For Your Dream

    My dream is just out of reach. I realize this. But I also realize that each day that I do something toward it, it feels more real. Each time I give my dreams ten minutes, that big fluffy cloud of hope seems more like a reality. Every time I squeeze in a blog post there, or a few words there, that dream feels less like a mirage and more like something solid.

  • Craft,  Inspiration

    Writing What You Know (And You Know A Lot!)

    But I don't believe that “writing what you know” necessarily means that, or at least it does not mean only that. Sure, if you've lived on a farm your whole life, it will be easier for you to tell the story of a farming family. If you've been a businessperson for the last thirty years, you will be able to write an office-place drama more easily than most other authors. However, you know a lot more than that. So do your readers. This is where you need to “write what you know”. And what do you know? Plenty.

  • Discipline,  Inspiration,  Self Talk

    How To Make Small Goals Work For You

    As much as you'd like to think you can shoot for the moon, I think that the moon, as beautiful and romantic as it is, isn't even a little bit possible. At least for right now. It could be that in the season your life is in, to be a writer, we need to start small, we need to have low expectations.

  • Inspiration,  Self Talk

    Conquering Fear In 10 Minutes

    You are joining a generational chorus of the anxious. Some of us have navigated this well and figured out ways to overcome it. Some of us attempt to drown it in alcohol. Too many of us have slipped into self-destructive darkness to silence it.

  • Creativity,  Inspiration

    10 Ways To Fight Writer’s Block

    Writer's block is a frustrating and maddening wrestling match with your confidence and a treasure hunt for new words or new ideas. and putting only dull words on the paper. Writer's block can be blamed on our muse ignoring us, on our chest cold, on our own insecurities or on lies we've been told. Sometimes it's fear-based, energy-based, or we're just bored with our own ideas.

  • Creativity,  Inspiration

    Top 10 Reasons To Go Outside

    I’ve been walking my whole life for exercise. I’ve noticed that if I’m troubled or upset that if I walk for at least 45 minutes, I feel noticeably better. What has troubled me isn’t gone, of course, but by the time I return I’m in a more confident state to face it.

  • Inspiration,  Self Talk

    Ten Ways To Be A Happy Writer

    You’ve come home from a tiring day job. You try to sit down at your laptop and write a few words before relaxing for the evening. But the words won’t flow. Or maybe you’re one of those lucky people who get to write full-time for a living. You sit in your home office day after day pounding out the words. Are you a happy writer? Is it possible to be one?

  • Creativity,  Inspiration

    How Champion Free Writers Combat The Blank Page

    A free-write is also a brainstorm or stream of consciousness. It is the act of putting down a word -- any word -- and then another, another, and another. In a free write, you conquer the blank page by the simple act of just making it not blank. That effort can make a difference in your confidence and your momentum for the rest of your writing time.