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The Writing Life: I Wish I Knew How To Quit You

Art by Koenta No one in their "write" mind sets out to be a writer. Writing is hard. It takes countless hours to finish, edit and submit a manuscript. Rejection rates are sky-high. Writing goes deep into an author’s soul. It's personal. We are so vulnerable to criticism our skin is as thin as [...]

July 24th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Writer’s Block Is For Sissies

Here is one fact I want you to take in: there is no such thing as writer’s block. A writer is born with an endless imagination. Infinite possibilities exist. Everything’s been done a hundred zillion times, but authors find new ways to write about the same old stuff every day. Lord of the Flies becomes [...]

July 21st, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Don’t Rush To Self-Publish

You’ve just finished your first book and can’t wait to share it with the world. Self-publishing is only a click away with giants like Amazon waiting to distribute your book to the masses. “Forget traditional publishing!” you say, hiding those rejection slips in the drawer. “It’s a dying animal. I’m going to embrace this new [...]

July 18th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life- Seven Steps to Envy Detox

Ever stood in a bookstore with some other writer’s book clutched in your sweaty palm, seething with irritation that their book is sitting on the shelf while yours is idle in some drawer or sitting deep in a slush pile, never to see the light of day? Envy is a toxic emotion but we are [...]

July 16th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Show No Mercy

Art by Den2Cypher Characters sometimes meet untimely ends. It’s tragic. Just when you think things are going well, suddenly your nice guy takes a bullet to the head or a sword through the heart. It can be just as surprising to the author. Often, I have absolutely no idea my character is about [...]

July 14th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Hug a Writer Today

Writing is lonely, full of angst and self-doubt. A completed novel takes countless hours hunkered down in front of a computer immersed in the world of your story setting. Most writers like to lock themselves away, so as not to be disturbed. They don’t like interruptions. They scowl when you ask them how much longer. [...]

July 13th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Time is Running Out

What are you waiting for? Every day you waste not writing, not pursuing your dreams, not finishing that novel or screenplay is just another day you pretended to be a writer but didn’t live as one. Writing is this ethereal pastime. We think unless we have published, or sold a book, gotten an agent, or [...]

July 11th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: It’s All Been Done Before

Gandalf by TheAngryAngel So often when you sit in front of an agent and pitch your story, the first thing you hear is, we’ve seen that already. As if JRR Tolkien owns the term elves, Suzanne Collins owns dystopian teenagers with a bloodlust, and a magic wand can only be used by a [...]

July 9th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Amateur Mistakes You Don’t Have To Make

There’s nothing like finishing your first novel and proudly showing it off to an agent, hoping that lightning will strike and your fabulous talent will be discovered. The problem is your fabulous manuscript is riddled with amateur mistakes that can easily be fixed, allowing the gem that you created to come through and convince agents [...]

July 7th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Why Aren’t You Writing?

So often I hear people say they would love to write if they only had time. It’s as if they imagine writing as this easy breezy life where writers sit around sipping coffee with their boatloads of free time, deliriously caught up in an imaginary world. The truth is very different. Real writers write because writing is what they do. I don’t mean for a living, I mean, it is the primary way they communicate. They journal. They have streams of ideas. They constantly scribble notes about stories they may never write. Characters populate their life. Imaginary conversations stream live in their head. Real writers write on a near daily basis because it’s an extension of their self. […]

July 6th, 2014|Writing Life|