Checking In

We’ve been pursuing our writing goals, our writing dreams, for three months now, and it’s time for a check-in. What goals did you set for yourself at the beginning of January? How close are you to achieving them? What is working for you? What are you struggling with? Until now, we’ve been looking at things … Read more

Creating Deadlines that Matter

Unless you’re one of the lucky ones with a publishing contract, or in a writing course with submission deadlines that if missed will cost you money, it can be difficult to set and stick to deadlines. Why? Because we don’t really have anything really at stake. Perhaps a pitch session at a conference/convention you’re attending … Read more

The Importance of Caring for Yourself

I am taking a break this week from my series on Finding the Joy in Writing, to talk about Self-Care. I have been reminded on more than one occassion in the last couple of weeks, of the tragedy and invisitilty that is mental health. Having depression or some other form of mental illness is common … Read more

Start the year right!

January 2014! Where has the time gone? I know where my December went: mostly it was spent writing! It was glorious, especially for the last two weeks, I got to live my days as a writer and nothing else. So much progress was made! While I usually do a major overhaul of my annual goals … Read more

The Importance of Networking

Last weekend I attended the amazing When Words Collide Festival in Calgary and it was a great reminder of the importance of networking. Most often when we think of networking it is viewed as a means to finding a job or making sales. But there are other reasons to network. Let me begin by defining … Read more

But I have a day job

It is all fine and well to talk about wanting change in our lives, and keeping our eyes on the prize when we hit the rough patches if we do decide to make a change. We all know that nothing is really that easy. Without a great support team behind us, it often doesn’t take … Read more

Surround yourself with Support

In my e-book and workshop “Silencing Your Inner Saboteur” I discuss how common it is for family and friends to be the ones who stand in our way of making changes, completing our projects, following through on a diet, and even following our dreams. It isn’t that our family and friends aren’t well intentioned. They … Read more