• #Top10Tuesday,  Motivation

    #Top10 Tuesday Top Ten Things I Did Right In 2014 That Made This My Happiest Year Ever

    2011 was a sucky year for me personally. Then 2012 got worse. Then, 2013 became the Papa Bear of bad years for me and my family. I was pretty happy that by the end of it, I had a new home, a new town, a new job for my husband, a houseful of new furniture and a chance to start over. I decided that I wanted to do things the right way for 2014. If anything the previous three years taught me that many of our circumstances can’t be helped, so I decided that my attitudes  and actions — what I could control for the new year — would be completely…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Inspiration,  Marketing

    Why I Will Not Fail In My Marketing Attempts This Year

    In 2015, failure, especially when it comes to my personal book marketing, is not going to exist. I have two books to release this year, one fiction, one nonfiction; one is traditionally published one is self-published. One will have some publicity generated through the publishing house, one I’m going solo for. Both are gambles. I have no idea how well they will do. I have a lengthy and ambitious plan to market them — and I don’t have a ton of marketing experience. But I believe I will not fail. Why? I’ve just decided that FAILURE isn’t a word that’s going to be allowed in my vocabulary. It’s going to…

  • Discipline,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    Five Things That Stand In The Way Of Writers & Their Goals A Guest Post By Sarah Moran

    I received an email from my daughter’s swim team with a list of things that keep swimmers from achieving their dreams and goals.  It inspired me to create this list …tweaked for us…authors, writers, novelists Five things that stand in the way of writers and the goals they yearn to achieve: You act like a stubborn toddler and downright refuse to learn the lessons given (and painfully necessary to progress). You’ve been told more than once that writers write.  Butt in chair.  Writers read.  If you don’t have time to write (or read) then you’re not a writer.  But, yet, you still make the excuses and watch the hours upon…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Craft,  Work-In-Progress

    Eleven Ways To Know The Best Time To Show Your Work (And When You Should You Hold It Close To Your Chest)

    Oh, we writers are an insecure bunch aren’t we? When we start out, we’re hesitant and flighty, nervous and fretful. We crave affirmation that we’re on the right track, but we stop so often to ask, we make little progress. Then it doesn’t help that there are so many book/websites/blogs to read about how to be a great writer that it just makes us more insecure in who we are. So are we good or not? How do we know? When do we find out? Why isn’t there a rule about this? Um, well, this is the problem with the subjectivity in good writing. No one really knows. But that doesn’t…

  • Motivation,  Self Talk,  Work-In-Progress

    The Terrible Things My Work-In-Progress Says To Me

       Why Is Writing So Hard Sometimes? I have a work-in-progress and I think it hates me. Every day I sit down with this project and put in at least an hour. When I sit down with it, I feel it come alive. It is a non-fiction book, so it’s not like it’s alive in the sense of genre or character. It’s alive with the ease (or lack of ease) that comes with the drafting and sculpting of each chapter, the way it seems to fight against me.  Some days, it is sterile and compliant; I’m the boss. I put one word in front of the other, much like writing a…