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…

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…

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…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Plot Holes

Okay, have any of you seen the Disney film, Moana? Excellent, excellent movie. My god sister got me hooked on the music, which I totally did not intend to like and ended up loving. Anyway, there is a scene in Moana where Moana is on the boat sailing out to sea, and she realizes her…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Vision to Page

I love the idea of being an artist. Seriously. It’s one of my dreams. I would love to be able to sketch my characters, draw scenes from my world, and put at least part of my vision for my stories onto a page where I can see it. Unfortunately . . . my drawing skills…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: First Draft

When I was eighteen, I was not the most competent person in the world. Actually, I was pretty clumsy. Which was fine, except that I had a younger brother who was good at everything. And I do mean everything. He could pick up magic tricks after two or three tries, could do a backflip on…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Learning

Does anyone else wish that there was a manual for being an adult? Like, flip to page 87 for a step-by-step, flawless instructions on how to pay taxes. Page 62 details exactly how to cultivate a healthy relationship and how to extract yourself from a toxic one. Chapter 12. Finances. Here’s how you balance a…