• Craft,  Creativity,  Work-In-Progress

    Fantastic Fridays: Playing with Writing Prompts

    You might think of writing prompts as a great way to do some writing practice or as a great way to start a new story. But how often have you used them to move an existing story along or to kickstart a stalled work-in-progress? A writing prompt can really help, as long as you are willing to play with it a little to find how it will work for your story. Go on a Tangent Using a prompt to start a story gives you a fresh perspective and helps you pull out unexpected ideas. It can do the same thing for your longer work in progress, if you’re willing to…

  • Creativity,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    Fantastic Fridays: Collect Encouragement

    Today, I’m inviting you to foster your writing habits by collecting encouragement. What does that mean? Well, when it comes to discouraging comments and thoughts, we all seem to have perfect recall. We can remember the smallest insult, the most minuscule disparaging remark. We hold those in our minds as if they were somehow a pure truth. Yet, the comments from people who enjoyed our work? Those we dismiss as biased or we convince ourselves that the commenters didn’t do a thorough reading. Negativity Bias We’re not to blame for this mental habit. It’s part of what’s known as a negativity bias – which is a natural tendency for negative…

  • Uncategorized

    Ten Ways To Love Your Readers

    Someday your writing will be read by someone other than your family. And when the time comes that people who don’t know you love what you have to say, you need to make sure that you love them back.  Here are ten ways to show the love to your readers.  1. Be accessible.   Your social media presence should be there to nurture relationships, not just push your sales. Carefully consider every way that you and your brand are represented. If it’s not welcoming or easy to find, make some changes. 2. Be generous. This means you need to be a in a position to give without any expectation of return. Readers…

  • Inspiration,  Uncategorized

    Do You Read Like A Writer?

    If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. — Stephen King Stephen King knows what he’s talking about. Aside from actually writing, reading is probably the best way to cross-train your writing mind and strengthen your writing skills. You could also think of it as feeding your writing muscles. Just like any other muscle, you can care for your writing muscles by using them regularly and making sure you get good nutrition. Read books in your genre. There are a lot of good reasons to read in your genre, but I’m only going to touch on a couple…

  • Creativity,  Motivation,  Self Talk

    Fantastic Fridays: Friendly June Check-In

    It’s the last Friday in the month, so as usual, I’m inviting you to reflect on the past month.   What strategies worked for you in June? Which plans did you have to revise? What victories can you celebrate?  If you are in the mood for even more reflection, feel free to revisit the full list of questions from this post. Now that you have a clear understanding of how things went in June, let’s look ahead to July! July Writing Plans  Personally, I will be revising my novel so most of my new writing will be related to that but I will also do blog posts and some writing prompts…

  • Craft,  Creativity,  Self Talk

    Fantastic Fridays: Trust Your Process

    One of the most important things you can do as a writer is learn to trust your process. After all, no matter how many writer friends you have, or how many groups you belong to, writing is basically a solitary activity.  Sure, you can have company while you write, or you can consult on ideas or plot holes, but sooner or later it is going to be just you and the page.  There are hundreds of people out there advising you about writing but the truth is that only YOU know how you write best. You might have to take some time to observe your patterns but the information is…

  • Character Development

    Five Ways Your Protagonist Can Solve Inner Conflicts

    The best stories have many conflicts going on at once. In your story, you can have the outer, most obvious battle between your protagonist and their overt antagonistic forces. But also, your protagonist could also be dealing with something inside them, some unresolved issues, or some haunt from the past. As they progress through the story, eventually overcoming the outer obstacles, make sure they conquer the inner ones as well.

  • Craft,  Discipline,  Motivation

    Fantastic Fridays: 5 Ways to Deal With Feeling ‘Meh’

    If you are looking at your work and feeling stuck or just kind of meh, you’re in good company. All writers feel like that from time to time.  Everyone gets tired of their project, or runs out of ideas, or finds that they ‘just aren’t feeling it’ in the course of their writing. It’s a natural part of being a writer or of doing any sort of extended project.  But, if this project is important to you (even if it doesn’t feel important right now), you will want to find a way out of those tired, meh feelings.  Why not give these solutions a try? Take a rest The first…

  • Motivation

    Real Reasons Why You May Be Procrastinating

    We all joke about procrastinating. But I have theory, and I have some reasons to back it up, that there's more going on when I procrastinate. I believe that procrastination is a combination of fear, anxiety, and laziness, maybe even a little pride too, and when I procrastinate doing a task. I often wonder if it's just a symptom of a bigger problem. Is it for you?

  • Creativity,  Discipline

    Fantastic Fridays: Make a Summer Plan

    Does your approach to your writing change with the seasons? Here in the Northern Hemisphere, spring is turning into summer. For many of us, that means a more relaxed schedule and an opportunity to change when and how we write.  But, while writing is enjoyable, we also want to take advantage of the sunny days and longer evenings to relax and take things slowly.  That’s why it’s important to make some decisions in advance and plan a summer that lets you strike a balance.  When you have a plan for your summer, you can distinguish between work time and play time and that will add up to more fun and…