January 11th, 2017

Knowing Your Limits as a Writer

Someone I know is going through a personal tragedy that has rocked my insides to the point I can’t think about it without bursting into tears. The idea of dealing with something like this paralyzes me.

I was talking to a writer friend about it and her response was typically writerish – “Oh my god, […]

October 12th, 2016

3 Reasons Why Quitting is an Option

“Oh my god, I’m going to burn this manuscript and get a job grooming Guinea Pigs.”

Okay, so maybe you didn’t want to become a Guinea Pig groomer. But I’m guessing all of us, at some point or another, have threatened to make s’mores on a bonfire from the worthless piles of paper we thought […]

September 30th, 2016

5 Reasons Your Revision Isn’t Working

By Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

Revisions are a part of writing, and as much as we wish they’d go smoothly, they don’t always work out like we planned. Some manuscripts fight us and nothing we do makes them any better. When we run into such a troublesome beast, it helps to step back and figure out […]

June 29th, 2016

Dealing with Empty Story Nest Syndrome

Revisions are done (for now) on my debut, scheduled for release summer 2017. I’m in a holding pattern until my editor sends me the next round to review.

Proposals for next projects are with my agent. I’m in a holding pattern until I hear back.

For the first time in six years, I’m not actively […]

April 13th, 2016

How your personality type wreaks havoc with your writing

(And 10 things you can do about it)

Kelly Simmons

Time and again, through my writer’s mentoring nonprofit work and pitching ideas to writer’s conferences, I hear the same thing: writers of all levels not only struggle with plot, structure, and craft – but with productivity issues.

Why? Because what works for one writer, simply […]