Stuck at “The End” (January Stuck Series 4 of 4)

We made it!! It’s the last full week in January and this month I’ve tried to explore every facet of being “stuck” in our writing process. As a reminder, we’ve looked at: (For even more, check out my Instagram Stuck Series Highlights) It seems strange to think of being stuck at the end. After all,Continue reading “Stuck at “The End” (January Stuck Series 4 of 4)”

Stuck in the Murky Middle (January Stuck Series Part 3 of 4)

The middle is that dangerous place for a writer of a novel-length work. There are just so many words needed to get you from your inciting incident to your climax and protagonist’s ultimate change. For many writers, the beginning is easy. You have a shiny idea that invigorates your creative energy. Scenes may be pouringContinue reading “Stuck in the Murky Middle (January Stuck Series Part 3 of 4)”

Stuck at the Start (January Stuck Series Part 2 of 4)

The blank page can be an intimidating thing. Or maybe you have such a great idea that you fear once you start writing it you’ll ruin it. Or you have so many ideas you can’t possibly decide which one to start with and so you don’t start any of them. Or maybe you’ve always wantedContinue reading “Stuck at the Start (January Stuck Series Part 2 of 4)”

Writing In the Fog

This morning fog hung low outside my window hiding the sky and giving the trees across the street the hazy look of an impressionist painting. It was beautiful and comforting and slightly unnerving to be wrapped in clouds and mist, separate from a larger, clearer world. When you’re blanketed by fog, there is no scenery,Continue reading “Writing In the Fog”

Playing NaNoWriMo Without Writing a Book

I recently spoke with a couple of writers who were both eager to jump start their creativity with new projects. One has been dominated by editing work recently and so her own creative writing had taken a back seat. She had six different ideas for stories and was tempted to try NaNoWriMo but didn’t knowContinue reading “Playing NaNoWriMo Without Writing a Book”

Read & Watch Your Way to Becoming a Better Writer

This week I shared the following quote on social media: Is it really that simple? Of course. And not at all. The real challenge comes with how we approach both reading and writing. Today, I want to dig into the reading part. A good book can transport you to another world, distracting you from allContinue reading “Read & Watch Your Way to Becoming a Better Writer”

Procrastiplanning: Break the Cycle

In a recent call with a historical fiction writer, I mentioned the term procrastiplanning: Several folks chimed in that they often have the same issue so I wanted to take a deeper dive on what procrastiplanning is and how to break the cycle. First of all, I wish I could remember where I heard theContinue reading “Procrastiplanning: Break the Cycle”

Writing Conferences

Tis the season for writing conferences! After several long years of virtual conferences, many are returning in person or offering a hybrid. I’m heading to an in person conference myself in October and can’t wait to meet fellow writers I’ve only interacted with online, learn new things in our educational sessions, and have time awayContinue reading “Writing Conferences”

Starting In Media Res & Using Backstory: The Bear

SPOILER ALERT: If you have not watched The Bear on Hulu and think you want to (and I would recommend it), then save this post for after you’ve binged it or don’t blame me if I give away any spoilers. You’ve been warned. TRIGGER WARNING: suicide and drug addiction. If you or someone you knowContinue reading “Starting In Media Res & Using Backstory: The Bear”

The Importance of Planning in Writing

As I launched my coaching business, there was a lot more to it than just putting out a shingle and saying “Hey, I’m a coach!” I mean, to be honest, that was a big part of it. And nearly as scary as when I started calling myself a writer! But, unlike when I took theContinue reading “The Importance of Planning in Writing”