perfecting those first three pages

Can you see your writing goals become a reality?

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Can you see your writing goals becoming a reality? We already know what we want, why we want it, and how we’re going to get it. Now it is time to decide when it is going to happen.  Resolutions, goal setting, planning. They’re all great, useful tools, but unless we follow through, unless we stick to our resolution, act on our goals, and … Read more

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Why you need to create a writing action plan

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Once we know what we want, and why we want it, our next step is to determine how we’re going to get it. We do this by creating a writing action plan. By creating clear, actionable steps, our goals are within our reach. Resolutions, goal setting, planning. They’re all great, useful tools, but unless we … Read more

Planning and Writing Motivation

How to elevate your writing motivation

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When we know why we want what we want, follow-through becomes a priority. We elevate our writing motivation. Resolutions, goal setting, planning. They’re all great, useful tools, but unless we follow through, unless we stick to our resolution, act on our goals, and truly do.what we put in our planner or what we plan to … Read more

How to do what you love, not what is easy

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Resolutions, goal setting, planning Resolutions, goal setting, planning. They’re all great, useful tools, but unless we follow through, unless we stick to our resolution, act on our goals, and truly do.what we put in our planner or what we plan to do, they are pretty tools collecting dust in our tool-box. And lets face it, … Read more

The Ultimate Guide To Busting Writer's Block

Time for a refresh

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Taking a break These last few months have been jamb packed. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a break! I’ll be taking the rest of December off from blogging and social media. There will be some relaxing, hopefully seeing some family even if only on the computer screen,  some thinking and planning … Read more

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How to Carry Your Writing Momentum Into the New Year

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Don’t stop now Did you NaNoWriMo this year? Did you get your 50,000 words? Yes? No? Does it matter? Well, sure, writing 50,000 words in a month is great. Makes you feel good, doesn’t it? Even if you didn’t make the 50,000 word finish-line, that’s OK. If you wrote at all in November, NaNo or … Read more

I Pitched to an Editor in the Bathroom

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I got tired of playing by someone else’s rules There are certain things that you should just never do. One of them is pitching your novel to an editor while they’re in the bathroom. It should go without saying, but it has to be said, because editors like to tell the stories of manuscripts being … Read more

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How New Sheets Became a Metaphor for Daring to Live The Writing Life

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An unexpected opportunity I bought red sheets the other day. I felt super guilty about it. So guilty I almost returned them. It took several hours before I put them on my bed. And then I stayed up extra late because I dreaded going to sleep. How absurd! Why should I feel guilty about buying … Read more

The Ultimate Guide To Busting Writer's Block

When it is time to start something new

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Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Is there a time to set your current novel aside, leave it unfinished, and move on to the next?  Normally I’d say, “Finish what you start” and,” You never know what you have until you’ve finished.” But there are times when moving on, for the time-being, or forever, … Read more

relaxing and stress-free writing time

How to Know Which Expert is Best for You

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Too Much Noise Creates Chaos When there are so many people shouting for your attention, how do you know which voice to listen to? Growing up, my family used to play a card game called PIT. This game is meant to mimic the stock exchange. Players trade cards of commodities like wheat, oil, and corn. … Read more