Creativity is a natural phenomenon. And, like any natural phenomenon, it is not perfectly uniform. Creativity comes in waves or seasons — seasons of abundance and seasons of dormancy. I’ve been writing professionally for almost seven years now, and I’ve come to recognize my own creative patterns. I will go through bouts of intense creative energy, … Continue reading 9 Signs You Need a Creative Reset
This post airs today on The Fearless Creative podcast. If you’d rather read instead of listen, I’ve included the abridged transcript below. (Please note that I had to re-record this episode, so the transcript here is not an exact match to the final published episode.) If you do listen, please take a moment to subscribe and leave a … Continue reading Creating a 5-Year Plan and Future-Proofing My Author Business
When you write for a living, you need a fool-proof strategy to keep creating day after day. There's no time for writer's block or feeling uninspired. This strategy has helped me nurture my creativity through 17 novels over the course of six years.
It’s inevitable in any creative career: No matter how hard you work, no matter how great your writing is or how well-placed your niche, there will be times when it feels as though you just can't get traction. Maybe you’re struggling to complete your first novel. Maybe you have been fielding one rejection after another. … Continue reading How to Stay Positive as a Writer When You Just Can’t Get Traction
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)
Last weekend, my husband and I ventured down to Old Colorado City to do some Christmas shopping for our family. We stumbled into a British novelty shop on the edge of the shopping district — right in the middle of High Tea. (For the sake of accuracy, the event we witnessed was actually an afternoon … Continue reading Bring Back the Written Word This Holiday Season