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)”

What it Looks Like to be Stuck in Your Writing (Part 1 of 4)

Happy New Year! I know the New Year is an arbitrary date on the calendar, but I love having a reason to stop and reassess my work processes and personal habits in order to maybe make an adjustment or try something new. With that in mind, this January, I am going to be focused on writersContinue reading “What it Looks Like to be Stuck in Your Writing (Part 1 of 4)”

Happy Holidays and My 2023 Word of the Year

This is the last blog of the year! I will be taking next week off to spend with family, relax, and plan for 2023. And I have some big plans for 2023: These are some big tasks, which is why my word of the year is FOCUS. Focus is something I struggle with at times.Continue reading “Happy Holidays and My 2023 Word of the Year”

Making the Most of a Query Break

December is not historically a great time to query agents. Much like the rest of us, agents are swamped with end of year business, holiday stress, goal setting for the new year, and catching up on their query inbox. Many agents will go ahead and close their inbox to queries, taking the guesswork out ofContinue reading “Making the Most of a Query Break”

Give Your Writing the Gift of Grace this Holiday Season

The holidays are upon us and with them come disruptions galore. We are busier this time of year squeezing in more parties and tree lightings and school holiday sing-alongs not to mention adding shopping and cookie baking and wrapping to our already busy schedules. Our writing time can often be the first thing to goContinue reading “Give Your Writing the Gift of Grace this Holiday Season”

How Revising is Like Home Renovation: Save the Painting for Last

This week we are finally having our downstairs painted after the great dishwasher leak of 2022 wrecked havoc on our whole house. Between the dings created from demolition, the new drywall patches, and the one inch difference in height from where our new baseboards sit on hardwood versus where they previously sat on tile, weContinue reading “How Revising is Like Home Renovation: Save the Painting for Last”

What I Love About Book Coaching

I’ve been coaching a few months and I have to tell you, I LOVE it! Watching a writer see their own work in a new way is such an amazing honor. Seeing the light of a new idea in their eyes is invigorating. Hearing the “AHA!” the moment a concept they’ve been struggling with suddenlyContinue reading “What I Love About Book Coaching”

The Importance of Writing Support & Where to Find it

Writing can feel like such a solitary endeavor. And most of the time it is. I mean, no one can write the words in your head onto a piece of paper like you can. You know your story. You are the sherpa to your characters, carrying their hopes and desires and misbeliefs, guiding them throughContinue reading “The Importance of Writing Support & Where to Find it”