The Best Books I’ve Read on the Writing Life

There comes a time in every aspiring writer’s life that they decide they want to learn writing from the best writers out there. And that means reading books on writing by successful and well-loved authors. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to choose from. It seems that nearly every successful and established writer has written […]

(Re)Write What You Know – A Twist on Writer’s Advice

A common bit of writing advice that you will find if you read books on writing or attend a writer’s conference is this: Write what you know. I’m not refuting that bit of advice in this post, but I do want to offer a little twist on the main idea. First of all, let’s discuss […]

NaNoWriMo: Are You Crazy Enough to Write 50K in 30 Days?

It’s the first day of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. It’s also my husband’s birthday. This happens every year on November first, an extreme conflict of interests in my own life — my desire to do nothing but write, and the fact that life just gets in the way. Participating in NaNoWriMo means taking on […]

Book Review of “Book Proposals That Sell” by W. Terry Whalin

I just read “Book Proposals That Sell” by W. Terry Whalin. And here’s the one-sentence review: If you are a writer – especially if you are a writer aspiring to be a traditionally published author one day – this book is extremely helpful and informative. And here’s the longer book review of Book Proposals That […]

The Most Important Element of a Good Story

I generally avoid making statements like, “This is the most important aspect of a story,” or “This is the most vital ingredient to building a good blog.” Why? Because I understand there are so many dynamics involved in creating a good work of literature or art. There is so much more at play than just […]