“Goals can be made in the spirit that life is an enjoyable game to be played, and one that can be deeply rewarding." — Shakti Gawain Have you ever wished that you had more time for your family? Have you ever wished you could live somewhere beautiful and could spend your days outside? Do you … Continue reading How to Use Life Architecture to Create the Life You Want
As an indie author, I am the master of every facet of my business. I am responsible for managing my intellectual property rights, positioning my work, overseeing every aspect of my marketing plan, and expanding my readership. For this reason, I spend a lot of time trying to understand reader behavior and predict where the … Continue reading The Future of Publishing Is Retrograde
For the last 10 years or so, I have been plugged in to the world of sustainability. I’ve flirted with vegetarianism. I’ve tried my hand at vermicompost. I avoid single-use plastic whenever I can, and I try to be mindful of my consumption. I’ve backslid on my own sustainability journey in the last three or … Continue reading The Trade-Offs of the Writing Life — What Would You Sacrifice for Your Dream?
Don’t worry be happy…And if you can’t be happy, you can at least write about it. All of us have things in life that we wish we could change. Even if you don’t have any regrets per se, most of us have had some bad life experiences: a horrible job, a horrible relationship, a harrowing … Continue reading Don’t Worry — You Can Use It in Your Writing
Being a writer isn’t like being an accountant. For one thing, when I tell people what I do, they actually want to know more about it. Usually, that conversation doesn’t end until people know what I write, how many books I’ve published, and where I “get my ideas.” We have this cultural fascination with writers, … Continue reading “I Would Love to Write, But…” (How to Quash This Cop-Out Phrase)
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
As writers and creatives, there is no shortage of material in the world telling us that we should doubt ourselves. The online world is fraught with articles telling us that it is difficult to succeed as a writer, that the publishing industry is crumbling, and that our odds of writing a breakout hit are a … Continue reading How to Shed Self-Limiting Beliefs: The Lesson of Crocodile Dundee