Silence is an important part of the creative process.
One of the most frequent suggestions I give to other writers (and use for myself) when I’m stuck in the middle of a book is to go back to the beginning and figure out where I started going off in the wrong direction. Sometimes, sadly, it’s only five or ten pages into the book. SometimesContinue reading “Go Back to the Beginning”
For a long time, I was a “pantster,” ie someone who writes by the seat of their pants, or without an outline. Then my editor, who had gone through way too many rounds of revision of my last book with me, demanded that I do an outline for the next book. I buckled down andContinue reading “Modified Outlines”
If you are stuck, I recommend going on a walk, giving yourself some time away from the keyboard to think, maybe even letting your subconscious think on the solution to the problem overnight, or brainstorming 10 ideas around the stuck section. You might just start writing another section of the book that you are confidentContinue reading “Being Stuck vs. Being Distractable”
What is it that I think I can do to help writers that they can’t do on their own? 1. Accountability. This is a huge factor in getting work done for many, many writers. 2. Writing skills. I will meticulously edit your work (when it’s the right time and not when we’re doing big pictureContinue reading “Why hire me?”
why aren’t you writing? here are 27 reasons.
Whatever it is that you hate most about writing is the thing you need to spend the most time doing. This isn’t me talking to you. This is your creative instinct talking to you.
I tend to lean toward the idea that all of the problems of a book can be seen in the first 10-30 pages. I know it’s not 100% true, but it’s true often enough that it’s every useful. It’s also why agents often ask to see the first 10-30 pages only. I remember when IContinue reading “The beginning”
If your New Years Resolution is to finally finish that book you’ve been wanting to write for years (or you started writing but never finished), you can hire me (of course) to be your mentor, but here are some of the most common things that I tell writers to help them be successful. Make aContinue reading “New Years Resolution”
In my early years as a writer, I kept thinking there was “one true way to write” and I had to find it. I spent a lot of time reading craft books to try to figure out what was the one true way. I would try to do things exactly like other writers did them.Continue reading “One True Way to Write”