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For The Writer Who Needs A Break

Vacations are wonderful things. Can we all just agree on this one fact? Everyone loves a good vacation. But not everyone has the time—or the money—to take that week off, or buy that plane ticket. Been there? I have. Some months, rest is much easier to fantasize about than it is to actually accomplish. Writer, […]

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For The Writer Who Is Having Doubts

I have a question for you. If I was to meet you in a coffee shop, and we were to sit by the window to watch the rain or in the corner where it’s private and cozy, and I was to ask you to tell me about yourself, what would you say? Would you start […]

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When Hope Is Painful

I ended up in Target this week. I didn’t actually set out to go to Target. Nor, in fact, did I have anything I intended to buy. But it was early and I was in town and waiting for someone and nothing else was open. So I ended up in Target, reminding myself on repeat […]

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For The Writer Who Needs A Jump-Start

Getting started is hard. Whether we’re seasoned writers beginning a new project or new writers taking the plunge and learning to stretch our wings, getting started is an intimidating prospect. A whole, enormous story with complex themes, characters, and settings, all waiting to be inscribed on paper by you—the author. Without your brilliant ideas, your […]

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The Writer’s Guide To Mental Health

“Writers, this cannot be right. Our mind is capable of so much—spinning tales that can make people cry or laugh, creating characters that become best friends to the people who read our stories, and building entire worlds with complex civilizations and landscapes far beyond anything in the natural world. The potential is unlimited. So why, […]

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For The Writer Who Needs A Fresh Start

Oddly enough, I started my writing journey with a failed story. Weird, right? I tell people all the time that the only way to fail as a writer is to quit. I fully believe that every story has potential, and the worst habit a writer can get into is dumping their current work-in-progress for a […]

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A Writer’s Guide To Catching Dreams

I’m going to tell you a secret. I have never had a scene or a chapter in my many books come out exactly the way I planned it in my head. Isn’t that strange? Even after seven years of writing, eight books, and nearly two million words, I still can’t capture exactly what it is […]

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For The Writer Who Doesn’t Like Their Own Writing

Sometimes it’s really hard to like your writing. I think that’s a moment we’ve all hit at one time or another, isn’t it? We stare at a page or even a chapter that we’ve just finished and it just . . . doesn’t work. Something about it is wrong, and maybe we couldn’t even tell […]

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For The Writer Who Needs Encouragement

Writers need encouragement. Can I get an amen? Writing is hard, it’s lonely, and above all, it’s slow. Slow to finish, slow to see progress, and slow to get any kind of notice. Writers do a lot of work behind closed doors, we spend a lot of time alone, immersed in our worlds and puzzling […]

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For The Writer Who Doesn’t Have A Routine

This last week, I sat down with one of my writer friends at a coffee shop. We talked for a long time. About everything. Movies we like, story problems, agents and publishers, and life in general.  It was wonderful. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to really sit down and have […]

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