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 … Continue reading Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Tenacity

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 … Continue reading Eight Characteristics of Serious Writers: Curiosity

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 … Continue reading 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Persistence

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 … Continue reading 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Discouragement

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 … Continue reading 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Magic

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 … Continue reading 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Priorities

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 … Continue reading 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Plot Holes

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

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 … Continue reading 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: First Draft

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 … Continue reading 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Learning