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…

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…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Discouragement

Writer, the journey between idea and page is a long one. I have ideas that I have set to simmer on a back burner in my brain that have been waiting there for five years. I haven’t written them yet, but I will. The books I am writing now are seven years old. They are…

Mermaids

I saw a mermaid this weekend. Actually two. Real live actual mermaids. Okay, not actual. But definitely real live mermaids. Okay, it was two actresses wearing costumes and taking pictures with the kids at the Denver Aquarium. But you were not there, so technically, you can’t prove that they weren’t real live actual mermaids. And…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Magic

The other day, I had an awesome idea. A great, awesome idea about a book that I am planning. I intend to start writing it in five to seven years. After I’ve finished—and published—my current series and written the series I am actively planning and will be writing next. (Yes, I think about those books…

Adulthood is a Myth

My sister sent me an awesome birthday gift this week. A Sarah’s Scribbles 2020 calendar entitled Adulthood is a Myth. I felt that one to my soul. Not only was it strange to remember that next year is 2020, but the calendar also has the added advantage of making me laugh at myself. Because adulthood…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Priorities

Has anyone ever sat down, fully intending to have an awesome writing session, and managed to get absolutely nothing done? I have. In fact, it happens more often than I would like to admit. I am the queen of procrastination. I can sit down, open up my Scrivener document (because Scrivener is the best and…