• Uncategorized

    Take 5 Friday: Five Writerly Ways to Celebrate World Kindness Day

    Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day and I’m inviting you to celebrate by being kind to your writerly self and to your writerly friends.* Given our habit of constantly trying to improve our writing, us writer-types can be a bit negative about our abilities and our skills. So, this is an excellent chance to consciously reverse that trend by choosing kindness as our lens today. Here are 5 ways you can spread some writerly kindness: Identify someone’s strengths All too often we point out the parts of people’s writing that needs improvement. Today, I challenge you to tell someone something they are doing well. Let them know that they…

  • Interviews With Authors

    Take 5 Friday: 5 Questions for Author Jessica White

    For today’s Take 5 Friday, please welcome author Jessica White. Jessica is a Christian fiction author, the founder of the 365 Writing Challenge and she is the most organized and consistent person I have ever encountered. Jessica’s current book is called Song in the Dark – A Hades/Persephone Inspired Romantic Suspense (see below for more information!) Here are Jessica’s answers to my Take 5 questions. I’m sure you will get lots of great information and inspiration from her approach to writing. 1) What aspects of writing are easiest for you? My favorite part of writing a story is coming up with the setting. When I was little, I redesigned my…

  • Craft,  Creativity

    Why Novelists Should Go To Plays

    Why plays? The authors who wrote them are interested in the skills of the actor to make the meaning known. A well-written play helps us see characters as actors, helps us understand pauses, what is not being said, subtext, delicacy, and timing.

  • Craft,  Nanowrimo

    Surviving Nanowrimo in 16 Easy Steps

    For 30 days in November every year, hundreds of thousands of writers all over the world try to get 50,000 words on paper. In a perfect world, these words would be brilliant and profound. It’s far more likely that the words are a big hot mess. If you are participating, then you know that you only have a week left to get your words in.

  • Motivation,  Self Talk

    Take 5 Friday: Five Scary Writing Monsters To Banish

    Even the most confident authors find themselves plagued by writing monsters and since it is so close to Halloween, I thought it was a good time to identify and then banish some of those creeps. Here are some of the most common monsters that try to scare us away from writing. It can be tricky to banish them but being aware of their monsterish nature is the first step to getting rid of them – or at least keeping them quiet for a while. When you learn to recognize them quickly, you will be able to silence them quickly, too. Redy to identify some writing monsters? Let’s go! Monster #1:…

  • Writing Prompt

    Take 5 Friday: Five Writing Prompts

    Have you ever sat down to write and found that all your ideas had vanished? Of course you have, you’re a writer! If you feel like you have nothing to say but you still want to write SOMETHING, a writing prompt can be just the thing to get you started.  When I feel stuck, I find that using a prompt helps me to get back in touch with my writing skills. Playing around with different ideas through prompts shakes things up a bit and reminds me that I *can* write, after all.  I think of prompts in the same way I think of warm-ups in an exercise session – a…