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Lessons for writers from Wimbledon

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Lessons for writers from Wimbledon Today I watched the greatest example of self-sabotage. It was frustrating because I knew it was coming. It was inevitable but I wish I had been proven wrong. I’m talking about Nick Kyrgios playing in the Gentlemen’s Final of Wimbledon. As I’m writing this, I am aware that he has … Read more

Every Writing Session Starts Here

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Every writing session starts here – Show Notes Introduction Sitting down to write is a lot like preparing for a trip. Even the most spontaneous of trips takes a bit of planning, assessing, knowing where you are right now, and what resources you have at your disposal. Facing that blank page is the same as … Read more

Procrastination isn’t about being lazy

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Procrastination isn’t about being lazy, it is about avoiding an emotion associated with the activity. It is an objection meant to keep us in place. A small illustration. When I know that I am doing something I love, like preparing my upcoming live free webinar, The Secret to Your Writing Success, it feels right. I … Read more

Measuring writing progress

4 Ways to Measure Writing Progress and Growth

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If writing a novel is like training for, and running a marathon, do we have the same ways to measure our progress and growth?  The Marathoner When I was growing up, I could never understand how my dad could get up early every day and go for a run. For the most part he did … Read more

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How to Build Your Ideal Writing Life

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Do you really want to write? Or do you just want to live the writing life? Does it have to be one or the other? Or can they work together to create an ideal writing life? A reading on the staircase In the middle of my home-town independent bookstore is a sweeping staircase up to … Read more

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

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

The Ultimate Guide to Busting The Block

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The Floor is Lava I don’t know that I actually ever played The Floor is Lava. Like a lot of kids, I did have a thing about quicksand. Every family vacation I was pretty sure I was going to encounter quicksand, and I was ready. I don’t know what we watched that convinced me there was … Read more