Old School Experiment – Live without Email and SM

I’m doing something different for this month of February. Not writing emails, texts, comments on social media, DMs, PMs, tweets, etc. All of my writing will be towards my books (and my clients’ edits & notes). Why? My parents, 85 and 94 spring chickens that they are, don’t email. They don’t use social media. They… Read More

Resource Up!

Being a writer is a mix of being social and hiding out. Of soaking up information and retreating into a little cave to nut out books. Today we are easily overwhelmed with courses, articles, blogs, ebooks, content, do-do-do stuff. Here is a list of my top 11 empowering resources for writers. Some have screeds of… Read More

Why you should never be scared to Write

I don’t post about my own books, except when there is a super exciting sale going on… which happens to be right now. Xamnesia: Everything I Forgot in my Search for an Unreal Life is FREE from 01/19-01/21 (today, Friday, Saturday) on all of the Amazons out there. You can read it on your Kindle,… Read More

Put 2017 into Focus

How many times have you made New Year’s resolutions that fall off by the 11th of January? (You’ll note that’s today’s date.) Me? It happens every year. I always have the same goals, year in year out. They look like this: go to the gym until i look incredible get 6 books out in the… Read More

Why Being a Writers’ Cheerleader Will Make or Break Your Writing Career

What’s the secret sauce to being a writer… a successful writer? Community. Other writers. Little gangs and groups. Even if the face-to-face contact is infrequent or only online. You’re going to need people who ask how your new draft is going as if it’s a sickly, beloved pet. People who give you their gut reaction… Read More

The Only Way to Stop Feeling Rejected as a Writer

Cue the violin music, things are about to get emotional. One of my writer buddies has been receiving rejections from the Big 5 Publishers. After spending three years on her book. Plus a huge amount of time and $$$ on writing classes, submissions, hone your craft stuff, platform building, networking, and pow-pows with literary agents. Her… Read More

7 Ways to Pick Yourself Up when Your Writing Derails

Life often gets in the way of writing. Job, kids, illness, crises, earthquakes, droughts, plagues… these all crop up (okay, plague not so often but I still remember what the 2009 flu pandemic Grippe A/H1N1/swine flu did to Paris). Sometimes it’s major events that cause our derailment… elections, referendum results, a supermoon… These things are… Read More

10 Simple Tips to Beat Writers’ Procrastination

Note that I’m not calling this “writer’s block” I prefer to label this slack-jawed sensation of dread procrastination. It’s a monster that can pop up at any stage of your writing career. Some days you hop online to check one thing – you swear – yet two hours later you’ve learned how to re-enamel a cast… Read More

How a novel gets edited: Developmental Edit 2

Here’s a summary of the book I’m #livenovelediting: PART 1, Ch 1: Sabine, an unemployed Canadian, lives in Paris with an artist boyfriend (Laurent). She’s condescending about his art and buddies, and has somewhat paranoid thoughts about Paris buildings because they seem to look down on her. She’s surly that Laurent’s friend, Jesus, pockets her cigarette lighter… Read More