February 22nd, 2017

Writing Success: There Are No Shortcuts

Jamie Raintree

When I first started writing, I wanted to know all the answers. I consumed craft books, writing blogs, and the suggestions of writers further ahead in the publishing journey than I. I thought being a successful writer was just a matter of getting the right information. I thought if I could just learn […]

December 21st, 2016

What Lights a Fire Under You?

Jamie Raintree

The holidays are a time for slowing down and reflecting on the past year. They’re also a time for thinking about the year to come. Whether or not you set resolutions, no doubt you’ve got ideas about what you’d like to accomplish in 2017 and the bad habits you want to leave behind […]

October 19th, 2016

Why I Still Participate in NaNoWriMo (After 8 Years and a Book Contract)

Jamie Raintree

I participated in my first National Novel Writing Month event in 2008. I had never written a novel before and had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I’d always loved a challenge. Up until then, I’d only ever written short stories, and any previous novel attempts had stopped at the […]

August 24th, 2016

The Career Mindset Comes Before the Writing Career

Jamie Raintree

Have you ever heard the phrase “act as if”? I heard it for the first time when I was a teenager from a friend who was into personal growth before I even knew what personal growth was. He used to throw it around haphazardly, like it was the answer to everything, and he […]

June 22nd, 2016

Overcoming the Emotional Obstacles to a Writing Career

Jamie Raintree

I started writing my first novel 8 years ago, almost to the day. (I don’t know why I’ll always remember it was July 12th that I wrote those first fateful words.) I had already been writing for years, mostly short stories and some failed attempts at novels, but there was something about this […]