When my first son was born, I was a prototypical first time parent. I asked a lot of questions at each pediatrician visit. After one particularly self-doubt fueled question session, I looked at our beloved doctor and asked, “How will I know if I’m a good mom?” His answer? “The fact that you’re even askingContinue reading “How to Know if You’re a “Good” Writer”
Author Archives: Monica Cox
Writing a Novel: What’s Your Point?
We are big Ted Lasso fans in our house. I love the messages about vulnerability, the importance of friendships, the challenge to toxic masculinity in sport and the wide world, and Ted’s down home quips that remind me of every great aunt sitting around our family reunions growing up with similar silly sayings twisting theirContinue reading “Writing a Novel: What’s Your Point?”
Starting Your Novel: Prep for Success
You’ve decided you want to write a novel. You probably have a great idea. A scene that’s played in your head during your commute, a question that bugs you, a character whose voice echoes in your head in the middle of the night. You find some quiet time one Sunday afternoon or set the alarmContinue reading “Starting Your Novel: Prep for Success”
Knowing Your Writing Process: Plotting vs. Pantsing
I came across an advice column recently where someone wanted recommendations on books and resources as they considered whether to have children or not. They wanted to be prepared. Whew. That’s a big ask. As a parent, I can tell you, no amount of research prepared me for the real life experience of parenting. Sure,Continue reading “Knowing Your Writing Process: Plotting vs. Pantsing”
Ten Tips for Generating New Story Ideas
Some writers have nothing but ideas. They may be barely halfway through drafting a story when new ideas are plaguing them, new characters vying for attention, new worlds springing to life. For others, like me, the writing is the easy(ier) part, the idea generation is a whole different beast. For me, I need more thanContinue reading “Ten Tips for Generating New Story Ideas”
Do You Need a Book Coach?
Okay, writers, you’re setting off onto the page with a new idea or you are staring at a stack of pages ready to carve out a revised story from your latest draft. I’ve written before about what a book coach is, when to use one, and how I approach the work. But you may stillContinue reading “Do You Need a Book Coach?”
My Book Coaching Philosophy
What is it like to work with a book coach? More specifically, what is it like to work with me as your book coach? Working with me on your project means that you have someone on your side who: Only you can write this story. Only you have the ultimate solutions. Only you can doContinue reading “My Book Coaching Philosophy”
When to Use a Book Coach
Writing a book is a daunting task no matter how many times you’ve done it. Typically, a writer gets an idea–a cheeky bit of dialogue winds its way into their ear, a feeling washes over them in a moment of stillness, or a scene plays out like a movie across their minds–and it’s off toContinue reading “When to Use a Book Coach”
What is a Book Coach?
What is a book coach? Me!! I’m a book coach! Great, Monica. But what does that mean exactly? I’m so glad you asked! Whether you are a new or experienced writer in the outlining, drafting, revising, or even querying stage of the process, a book coach provides personalized guidance to help you meet your writingContinue reading “What is a Book Coach?”
How to Keep Your Story on Track
This month, I’ve written about how to stay on track with your drafts, revisions, queries, and using self-care because after all, you can’t keep writing if you’re burned out. Today, however, I want to talk about craft. How do we keep our stories on track? The short answer? Story trajectory. Your story’s trajectory is theContinue reading “How to Keep Your Story on Track”