Creative solutions to practical problems. It's not easy being a writer. It's hard to get the people in your life to take your writing seriously. You have to fight to carve out time to work on your craft (There's always that guy at some party who says, "If I had a weekend I could write a novel." Um, right.). And then, who can you trust to give you honest feedback to take your work to the next level without changing your voice or your story? I've sat on both sides of the publishing desk. I get it. I know how hard it is to get where you are. And I know what publishers are thinking about your ... read more
Why a lot of writing advice is wrong
Writing a book takes a lot of mental energy. Give your creative well time to refill with regular breaks.
Do you have a plan for your writing this year?
There are a lot of sayings around planning. And you hear a lot of them this time of year. There’s definitely some truth to that. But most of us don’t have lives that will stand up to a rigid schedule. And forcing ourselves to spend two hours at the keyboard each day will likely cause some internal rebellion if you… Read More
Story Structure: what’s the brain got to do with it?
Brain Science: Getting story structure right Part of what makes storytelling so magical is that the brain is a willing and active participant. And this applies to fiction and nonfiction works. And when you tap into these techniques properly, it makes your book unputdownable. #BrainGoals Let’s talk about brains. Our brains are wired to survive and thrive. And it all… Read More