What Do You Do When Your Plot Changes Halfway through?

What Do You Do When Your Plot Changes Halfway Through?

Today’s oddly musical post title brought to you by the uniquely writerly combination of leftover taco fixins and hot coffee. I know; my life is glamorous. Are you a pantser? … Continue Reading →


The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience. -Emily Dickinson

Motivation Monday: When Your Characters Are Ready for New Experiences, and You Aren’t

Before I began to participate in the literary blogosphere, I had no idea that characters in novels sometimes did things their authors didn’t allow, or even anticipate. 


Why I Don’t Write During the Holiday Season (And You Shouldn’t, Either)

Holidays, man. If you celebrate the typical Judeo-Christian calendar, we’re in the last leg of the holiday marathon. We’ve hit the wall. Those of us with kids are looking forward … Continue Reading →


I don't work with inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs. I just get to work.

Motivation Monday: Is Inspiration Really for Amateurs?

Them’s fightin’ words, Chuck Close. Especially for me, since one of the things I love to do is get dormant writers writing.


Weird Sources of Writing Inspiration, Part 2: Surround Your Social Media with Writing

One way to make sure you’re never out of the writing mindset is to soak your head in it, every waking minute. At least, while you’re online. (Also check out … Continue Reading →


I was a late bloomer. But anyone who blooms at all, ever, is very lucky. -Sharon Olds

Motivation Monday: Writing Age Is Just a Number

Who cares how old you were when you wrote and sold your first work?


The Best Writers’ Christmas List EVER.

There are some gifts, oddities and novelties that only writers can appreciate. Such as:


I don't know why I started writing. I don't know why anybody does it. Maybe they're bored, or failures at something else. -Cormac McCarthy

Motivation Monday: A Cry of Pure Frustration.

The fact that you just flushed an entire writing notebook down the toilet, page by page, is completely normal and does not mean you should swear off writing forever. 


Facebook: How to Grow Your Page by “Buying Organic”

      We love Facebook. We hate Facebook. But these days, authors who don’t have a professional Facebook page are missing out on a huge traffic driver to their personal … Continue Reading →


All writers shouls be put in a box and thrown into the sea. -Gordon Hinckley

Motivation Monday: So Your Writing Annoyed Somebody

Now what?


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