I’ve just topped 40,000 words on the novel I’m writing. My goal is 50,000. I’d hoped to reach that deadline before I leave for London tomorrow. Alas, it was too ambitious of a goal* for me. I realized I wouldn’t achieve the goal about a week ago. It would be easy to go limp and […]
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Travel is one of those incredibly personal things. Many of my clients hope to get a lot of writing done while traveling. And some do. But if they don’t know how they write/travel, they can easily burden themselves with unrealistic expectations. It’s much better to plan according to your style of travel than to lug […]
The other day in the Impulse Writing Club, our Writual Blessing was Writing heals you. This Blessing seemed particularly apt for the week’s writing. I’m just over 20,000 words into my novel in progress. There’s a lot to write, and my deadline is November 17th. We leave for a vacation in London that day and […]
If you’re like me, when you travel, you get a ton of inspiration. When I lead writing and creativity workshops, I invite people to gather their inspiration in one place. I call this ‘Flashes of Inspiration’. It’s a page at the back of my notebook where I write down all the wacky ideas I get. […]
Have you ever been pulled away from a project? Perhaps you feared it was over and you wouldn’t get back to it. I know the feeling! Now that I am back from France, it’s time to focus on my book. I took a hiatus during the summer and early fall. Turns out it’s a lot […]
I wish it weren’t true but sometimes you will HATE writing your book. I used to think that when we love our topic, we should love writing about it. And that writing a book should be a great adventure, start to finish. I was writing yet another draft of my novel. I had to take […]
Knowing this will save you a lot of angst. You will be caught off-guard when you discover this: Writing a book is different than writing anything else. Whaaaat? Here’s the problem. We were taught how to write in school. Everyone writes! Should be easy, right? We think because we’ve written blogs or articles that we […]
Break it down to meet your deadlines Sometimes, especially when we’re starting a project, numbers can help us. We can track our word count. We can add up the number of writing sessions. I came up with a simple formula that my clients have told me is SUPER helpful to stay on track with a […]
You may know that I spend an inordinate amount of time with books. Reading books, reading ABOUT books, helping people shape their books, writing my own books, and going to the library every week to pick up more books. I was delighted to be invited to a book club that had read my novel, Chasing […]
You will resist this but pretend you’ve just paid me thousands of dollars and my advice is GOLD. Identify your reader early on. Know your reader, not just from a marketing perspective but from a writing perspective. Often when we sit down to write, we get overly formal and lose touch with our voice and […]