How to Know if You’re a “Good” Writer

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”

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”

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”

Writerly Gifts to Add to Your Wish List

Last week I wrote about the greatest gift you can give your writing this holiday season: Grace. This week, I thought I’d have a little more fun and share some gift ideas you can either ask Santa for or gift to the writer friends in your life. Are any of these items on your holidayContinue reading “Writerly Gifts to Add to Your Wish List”

Announcement: I’m an Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach!

I believe the muse to be a fickle being whispering oftentimes in the night that brilliant idea you scribble down in the dark that resembles something like a magnetic poetry ransom note the next morning that makes zero sense if it’s even legible. But sometimes? Sometimes the muse has the subtlety of a toddler’s temperContinue reading “Announcement: I’m an Author Accelerator Certified Book Coach!”

How Drafting and Revising Feel Different: The Clean House Edition

As I type this, we are having our house power washed. It feels like I’m inside a car wash while sitting at my desk. I don’t hate it. Power washing a home must be an inordinately satisfying job. You arrive and the walkway is darkened with years of baked in dirt. The fascia is dull.Continue reading “How Drafting and Revising Feel Different: The Clean House Edition”

Make Every Moment Count In Your Novel

When writing an essay or a short story or flash fiction, it’s imperative that every word count. The limited space requires every character, description, and word to carry weight. When writing a novel, it can be easy to allow all that empty space to lure you into indulging that secondary character’s wood working hobby orContinue reading “Make Every Moment Count In Your Novel”

A Look Back

It is hard to look back on a year that is so currently in your face. We are facing the worst numbers in the pandemic so far, making the cold, winter months ahead more intimidating. The election is behind us, but political bickering continues. And civil unrest–well the fact is we shouldn’t leave that oneContinue reading “A Look Back”

The Light at the End of the Rough Draft Tunnel

This morning I reached the end of the verbal vomit brain dump that is this current work in progress rough draft. There is light at the end of this very long, often uphill, tunnel. The light at the end of the tunnel is just the light of an oncoming train. Robert Lowell Yes. The lightContinue reading “The Light at the End of the Rough Draft Tunnel”