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 […]

April 20th, 2016

The Real Reason We Want to Be Published

Jamie Raintree

This week in Colorado the temperature is getting into the 70s. We’re getting those afternoon thunderstorms that are quintessential of April through August here, and it’s the smell of damp grass and the feel of the cool moisture in the air that’s putting me in a summer frame of mind. It makes me […]

February 24th, 2016

Design Your Writing Career from the Top Down

Jamie Raintree

When we first start writing, it’s only natural to start with…well, writing. I remember when I first imagined the idea of writing a book. It was an absolutely ridiculous thought. Me? Write a book? Wasn’t that reserved for the elite of the world? Was there some kind of qualification process someone made […]

December 23rd, 2015

Why Writers Need Human Connection

Jamie Raintree

photo credit: Through the Door and Shelf via photopin (license)

What do you imagine the most productive writing life to look like? The most creative? The most dedicated? Do you imagine it, like I often do, to look like a cabin hidden away in the woods with no wi-fi and food that […]