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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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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How to Keep Your Writing Resolutions

You know what breaks my heart?  When I follow up with someone who told me they want to write a book, but they still haven't made any progress. And it's over a year later. These are usually people who want to work with me but tell me they will "next quarter" or "they aren't ready…

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A Writing Lesson from my Corgi

Once upon a time, my little Corgi thought she couldn't jump on the bed. This was because we moved to a house with hardwood floors from our carpeted apartment. As a result, her legs would slip as she tried to get up, and she couldn't do it anymore. So we got a rug. At first,…

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A Writing Lesson from Nantucket

I went to Nantucket this past weekend, and it was pretty magical. No, I didn't see a giant white whale or see Emily Gilmore at the Whaling Museum. (Even though that would have been amazing.) I was doing something that I should be doing all the time: I was paying attention. I noticed that the…

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You Can’t Fail

You can't fail. No, really. You can't. Even if you don't sell a single book. Even if you get tons of bad reviews. Even if not a single soul reads it. Are those ideal results? Of course not. But it doesn't mean you failed. You see, the act of writing is a reward in itself.…

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