Last month, I was scraping every corner of my mind and imagination to come up with an idea for NaNoWriMo. I jotted notes, went back to old writing and asked my husband for help. But I had the hardest time, and it was nearly November first before I decided I wanted to … Continue reading The rush and mystery of writing
Choosing your beta readers
If you're a writer, and especially a published author, you've probably used beta readers. Maybe you've even been one. So how do you choose your readers? I've been a writer since childhood and used to allow only a few special people to read my poetry and short stories. I've always been extremely shy about … Continue reading Choosing your beta readers
Can we force inspiration?
It's that time of the year for me again. Mid-October, close enough to November and the beginning of NaNoWriMo. If I sign up, this will be my sixth year participating. I love the challenge and deadline of this competition. 50,000 words in 30 days. In my earlier days of writing, I never thought I … Continue reading Can we force inspiration?
A Writer Writes
How much do you love writing? Do you love to write? Do you love talking about writing? Do you love having written? Seeing your finished product in print or listed on Amazon? If you lost your ability to put pen to paper or type, would you voice it all to continue your passion? I … Continue reading A Writer Writes
How important is money to you?
I've never cared that much about money. That doesn't mean I've never had dreams of winning the lottery or making it big with my writing. But from an early age, I knew I was the kind of person who would never have a high-powered career and make everyone jealous of my disposable income that … Continue reading How important is money to you?
Love your authentic self
What is authentic? The definition describes the word as an adjective that means real or genuine and not counterfeit. Synonyms include honest, legitimate, real, true and valid. I love this word and always try to be authentic to myself and everything I do, including my writing. I believe most artists and writers believe in and … Continue reading Love your authentic self
The bigger, better realities of life
Depression is a real thing. So is fear and procrastination. But you know they're all real and you may have experienced them yourself. So why write about them? Because they are all trying to not only knock me down but keep me there. They don't want me to thrive. They don't want me to … Continue reading The bigger, better realities of life
Who else hates rewriting, editing and rewriting some more?
I'm going to be honest here. I hate rewriting. I hate editing and I'm pretty sure most writers feel the same way. Sure, there are those odd, admirable writers who love writing that first draft but also love writing the second, third and fourth drafts too. Not me. I love … Continue reading Who else hates rewriting, editing and rewriting some more?
My second book is ready to publish–but let me clean the top of the fridge first.
I'm sitting here, writing this post, when I know I should be heading over to Amazon to publish my long-overdue second book. Oh, and before I hopped on here, I checked Twitter for interesting writing articles, laughed at funny cartoons on Facebook and uploaded a new photo on Instagram. I also did three loads … Continue reading My second book is ready to publish–but let me clean the top of the fridge first.
I published my first novel last year. So what?
My story with indie publishing isn't much different from probably thousands of others. I've been writing for more years than Amazon has been around. Always had dreams of holding my published book in my hands. Feeling proud. Seeing the proud looks on my family and friend's faces. Oh, the dreams. I won't bore you with … Continue reading I published my first novel last year. So what?