Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Passion

I should tell you something about me, in case we ever meet in person. I always—always—have a story going in my head. Seriously. Every day. It never stops. It might be pushed to the back burner in my brain, I might be able to smile and talk to you and be totally engaged in our…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Hope

Can I ask you a question, just between us writers and anyone else who happens to swing by my blog and see this post? What are you hoping for? When you sit down to write, where do you see your book going? Or, rather, where do you want it to go? What are the big…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Work Ethic

I’m going to make a crazy statement to start off today’s post. Are you ready? Here it is. The most talented writers will not necessarily be the most successful. There. I said it. You can lynch me now. Are you shocked by my crazy pronouncement? I don’t take it back. In fact, I stand by…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Resilience

I’m going to tell you a secret today. Not everyone is going to like what you write. In fact, some people are going to hate it. They are going to leave a one-star review, write a nasty summary, and leave you a little shattered on your keyboard. Hopefully, this will not happen often. Since you…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Enthusiasm

I still get excited about my writing. After seven years on the same set of books, that sounds crazy doesn’t it? Don’t the characters get stale? Doesn’t the world get boring? Actually . . . they do. Sometimes. I have days when I’m not excited about what I’m writing. We all do. In fact, I…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Tenacity

One of the questions that I get way too often in my life is, “How are your books coming?” It’s understandable, actually. People know I’m working on a book series. They know I’ve been working on it for a long time—seven years, in fact. And most people aren’t aware of how slow the publishing industry…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Empathy

When I was a teenager, I read a book with a main character that didn’t react emotionally to anything. His mentor died. His family died. Everything he had was torn away from him, and he was left running for his life from people who wanted desperately to either kill him or shove him into prison…

Eight Characteristics of Serious Writers: Curiosity

How excited am I allowed to be that we are starting a new series today? Better yet, how excited are you? Never mind, don’t answer that question. In this series, we are exploring the eight characteristics that make a good writer. I say eight, but I think we all know writing is more complicated than…

Creativity, Inc.

I listen to audiobooks on my commute to and from work every day. It’s how I keep reading when life is busy and crazy and I don’t have the time or the energy to stop and open a book. Which, unfortunately, is all the time right now. So, my commute is my saving grace. An…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Persistence

Someone asked me a few days ago how to write a book. Since I am obviously a professional and have coached people through the process and know everything, I explained in detail how to get from an idea to the finished product. Not. Actually, I hemmed and hawed a good deal and gave a vague…