January 8th, 2018

The One Technique You Need to Nail Your Writing Goals

Colleen M. Story

As part of one of my recent freelance projects, I read an interesting survey about how women and men differ when it comes to setting and achieving goals.

You can read the full report at Leadership IQ. For this post, I’m zeroing in on one result that sort of surprised me. The […]

December 1st, 2017

Why Writers Need Those “Never Again” Moments

Colleen M. Story

 

Whenever I visit a pier—any pier—one of my favorite things to do is to walk along and read all the boat names.

It’s fun to see what people choose to call their watercraft, but I’ve also found that when I’m lucky, one of the names will have something special to […]

April 17th, 2017

How to Use a Writer’s Intuition to Strike Creative Gold

Colleen M. Story

I recently spent a good six months struggling to make progress on my next novel. The sole reason: I couldn’t hear what my writer’s intuition was telling me.

In an effort to solve the problem, I returned to craft, seeking solutions in plot, characterization, and timelines. All of my efforts produced a […]

December 2nd, 2015

When “Writing Every Day” Isn’t Producing the Results You Want

Colleen M. Story

You’ve heard the advice “write every day.”

It good advice, especially if you’re serious about having a long-term writing career. But what if you’re doing it—you’re showing up—but you’re not happy with the results?

Maybe you’ve suffered some of the symptoms:

When you do sit down to write, you stare at […]

September 30th, 2015

7 Mistakes I Made on the Way to a Publishing Contract

Colleen M. Story

My first book is scheduled to come out the last week in September.

It’s an interesting time for me. As I look back over the last nearly 20 years of writing (I’ve worked full-time as a writer since 1997), I realize I’ve had a lot of illusions about what this time would […]