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Thoughts on being an author and the craft of writing.

Tackle Writer’s Block: 8-Minute Writing Sprints

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Do you ever have rough days where everything that could go wrong…does? Days when it feels like the whole world is pushing back? These days are inevitable and frustrating because often we don't write! Recently, I read The 8-Minute Writing Habit by Monica Leonelle. I highly recommend this book because it’s like an injection of motivation. [...]

The Life-Changing Magic of Goal Setting

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When I start working with a new book launch client, the first conversation I have is about goal-setting. This leads to the ultimate question, “How many books do you want to sell?"   I learned early on in my project management career that if you don’t define your goals, and spell out exactly what success looks [...]

How Music Helps Your Writing

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Looking for inspiration to dig deeper into your characters? Check out this advice from author Susan Winters: Sometimes in the process of telling a tale, it’s easy to lose sight of your characters. Particularly if you’re a task-oriented person like me who wants to keep the story moving. With my last title, Ladies Man, I easily [...]

18 Author Lessons for 2018

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18 Author Lessons for a New Year: Living With Intention As you look ahead to a new year, do you take time to celebrate your accomplishments and lessons learned? Taking time to review and reflect on the prior year is an essential exercise for any creative entrepreneur who is looking to take things to the next [...]

Takeaways from the 2017 20 Books Vegas Conference

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The indie author community is strong and thriving! Do you have what it takes to make a living with your writing? Find out my takeaways from the 2017 20 Books Vegas Conference. In early November, my husband and I flew to Las Vegas to attend the first annual conference of the 20Booksto50K Facebook group. The first official [...]

How to Manage Comparisonitis

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As we journey down the path of becoming successful authorpreneurs, we often get caught up in comparing ourselves to others who seem to be ahead of us. Known as “comparisonitis,” it’s easy to let feelings of inferiority get in the way of moving forward.  I like to imagine an actual little devil on my shoulder whispering [...]

7 Unusual Writing Prompts

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Photo Credit: Courtesy of HTSABO  Scrambling for a writing idea or just looking to shake things up? Try the following unusual writing prompts the next time you need creative inspiration. 1. Reinvent History https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Saschaporsche Can you twist history? If your character lived in ancient Rome, she would have changed the way they______? Or reinvent [...]

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Quit Writing

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Writing is tough enough on a good day. When you have a bad day, negative thoughts can spiral out of control. You may be tempted to give up, but do not quit writing! Faced with challenges, it seems like nothing goes your way. Rising expenses, a never-ending to-do list, a rude coworker, not enough time. The [...]

How to Conquer the Ups and Downs of Writing

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Do writers go through cyclical patterns when it comes to productivity? I found myself asking this question recently because I was going through a period where I wasn’t writing. In the past, my morning routine was to write at least 1,000 words, but it wasn’t happening due to a busy work schedule and other distractions. Like [...]

How to Make Publishing Your Writing Less Scary

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You’ve just written your manuscript. You poured your heart and brain into your work. The only problem is, you’re terrified to hit the publish button. Don’t worry. It’s not just you. It’s you and me and just about every artist who goes through self-doubt and angst. Performer/author, Amanda Palmer calls it the “Fraud Police.” It’s the [...]