How to Beat Marketing Block

Maybe it’s ironic that immediately after publishing a book about busting through creative blocks, I hit one. Creative Unblocking: Bypass Self-Doubt, Tap Your Genius, and Complete Your Best Work is the result of nearly a decade’s worth of research into the creative process. I’ve become a super-ninja at fighting procrastination, perfectionism, impostor syndrome, and writer’s […]

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How Motivated Are You?

Motivation and I have a love-hate relationship. You see, I’m not someone who goes out of the way to set definitive goals. I have an idea in my head, not written down anywhere, mind you, of what I want to do. The problem is, my thoughts are usually too unfocused–in other words, downright nebulous–to write them […]

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Words, Words, and More Words

I’ve been considering words lately in a deeper way than in the past–their meaning, their power, their significance, all in only a few letters. Consider: “Die!” and “Live!” Such powerful sentiments packed into three or four letters. Checking out a couple of online dictionaries reminded me just how many ways we use the word “word.” […]

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The Accidental Editor

It all started with Holly’s email on July 26, with this subject line: “SERIES price increase delay… yowls of pain noted” for her ‘How to Write a Series’ course. It was a training I’d known about for a few years, and one I desperately needed. I knew that the middle-grade fantasy-mystery series clamoring to get out […]

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Writing Equals Passion Plus Thought

Think. Don’t just emote. This advice runs counter to what you’ll get in many, many writers’ guides, courses, and classes, where you’ll find yourself encouraged to “feel the words” and to “feel what your character feels” and where you’ll hear the words “don’t over-analyze.” And frankly, this is good advice as far as it goes. […]

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