My mom was a schoolteacher. In her lifetime, she taught nearly every age group from kindergarten to eighth grade. She was also really interested in self-help and the research around human behavior. On a personal level, my mom was hyper-organized, Type-A, and a high achiever in every sense of the word. You can see why … Continue reading How to Get Motivated to Write
In his book "Awaken the Giant Within," Tony Robbins suggests completing a 10-Day Mental Diet. Now, the word "diet" is sooo 1991. I like to think of this challenge as more of a mental detox. For 10 days, you commit to avoid indulging in or dwelling on unhelpful/destructive thoughts or emotions.
When I first started writing, I didn’t understand my own creative process. I would often ram my way from one creative project straight into the next without pausing to recharge or reflect. Sometimes after completing a novel, I would hit this wall of exhaustion and begin to feel really depressed. I didn’t understand why my … Continue reading How to Work With the Seasons of Your Creative Cycle
Do you want to be a writer? Do you dream of publishing a novel but struggle to find the time to write? Do you sometimes set writing goals for yourself, only to have life get in the way? When you get busy, is your writing time the first thing to go? You’re not alone. These … Continue reading 5 Ways to Create Accountability for Yourself and Your Writing
Writing dialogue is one of my favorite parts of being a fiction writer. It allows a writer to communicate a lot of information seamlessly, and it’s one of the best ways to get to know a character. The right dialogue can speed things up or slow things down, and it’s excellent for creating impact. Good … Continue reading 7 Secrets to Writing True-to-Life Dialogue
The business of writing can be a lonely existence — even for the ultimate introvert. I get my energy from being alone, and I prefer intimate conversations to parties. I work better alone — always have — but even for me the writer’s life is extreme. I estimate I spend about 96 percent of my … Continue reading The Best Places to Meet Writer Friends (and Why Writers Need Other Writers)
This post is part of a series dedicated to National Novel-Writing Month. If you’re participating this year, make sure you download my free NaNoWriMo workbook. If you’re abstaining, never fear. These posts will help you become a better writer no matter what (or when) you write. Well, friends, it’s almost the end. You’ve been pounding the … Continue reading How to Write a Killer Ending