Writing Isn’t Selfish

You are not selfish for working on your book. I am really tempted to end it there because I think that would be super powerful (and also super true), but I think you probably need a bit more from me than that.  Look, I get it. I have the same thought myself sometimes. When you…

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A Writing Lesson from Animal Crossing

Like a good chunk of America, I have used Animal Crossing to help me get through this strange dystopian novel that we are currently living in. As I play the game, I can't help but notice one glaring issue with the game: some characters say the exact same thing as other characters.For example, if Judy…

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How an Editor Receives Edits

The other day, I received my edits from my editor (yes, everyone needs editors, even editors). I saw her email, and I immediately got sweaty palms like I was at a middle school dance, waiting for that pimply boy to ask me to sway along to Backstreet Boys with him. I think my heart will pound…

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A Writing Lesson from Whisper of the Heart

This past weekend, I watched one of my new favorite movies with my husband. It is called Whisper of the Heart. I had never seen it before, and now I am pretty much obsessed.Why? The girl in the movie was totally me growing up.She adores fairy tales and wants nothing more in life than to become a writer.…

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Does Your Book Matter?

A lot of people have been asking me the same question lately: With all that has been going on in the world right now, does my book still matter? Yes, yes it does. If anything, it matters more than ever. You know what has gotten me through this quarantine so far?  Books. I feel like…

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How I Am Staying Sane

These are challenging times. There is no denying that. Fortunately, I have managed to stay sane, and I would love to share my tips in hopes that it helps you! 1. Dancing to old-school songs I am dancing around my house. All the time. What's weird about this is it's not to music that I…

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You Don’t Have to Be Stuck

Oh, dear friend, You don't have to be stuck when it comes to your book. You really, really don't. Your book doesn't have to live with the virtual dust bunnies on your laptop. It doesn't have to be Rapunzel, hidden away under lock and key in your desk drawer. It deserves to see the light. To…

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An Invitation to a Writing Party

Last year, I threw my favorite kind of party: a writing party.  It was amazing! One person outlined a book in two hours (something she struggled with for over six years!). Another got tons of revisions done in her novel. People made more progress in a few months than they did for decades. Was it…

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The #1 Thing Writers Fear

Wonder what it is like to live a day in the life of an editor? Curious about what I frequently hear? Well, I'm going to step out from behind my curtain and tell all."I am so afraid I'm going to have to change something.""I really don't feel like doing work after I've spent so much…

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A Writing Lesson from Cats

Yes, I did it. I saw Cats. Was it horrifying?  Oh, yeah. My friend, upon finishing the film, said, "This was the best horror movie I've seen in years." But it didn't have to be that way. There were some really stunning performances. I legit cried when Jennifer Hudson sang "Memory" (despite the snot running…

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