Have you ever felt this way? Almost mid sentence, you just feel as if you can’t write another word. Perhaps you’ve lost the thread of your story? Or perhaps you’ve lost belief in what you’re doing?  When I feel this way,  I simply tell myself it’s like running a marathon. When I ran the San [...]


I’ve been a journal writer for years. But writing a book is different. So much of the success of our public writing hinges on the smallest details. As the nursery rhyme goes: for want of a nail the battle was lost. If our writing is inauthentic, sloppy, or inaccurate, readers will abandon us quickly and [...]


What’s Moving You to Write Your Book?

by admin on January 17, 2014

Why do you want to write a book? Is there a wrong you long to right? A new idea demanding expression through you? Do you want your experience to help others? Or do you want to share a wickedly funny story? Perhaps you are simply in love with words and want to play with them? [...]


Wanting to write a book, and answering the call to write one, aren’t the same thing A great many people profess that they want to write a book, but they never seem to get around to it. So how do you know if you are really serious about writing a book? Here are 10 question [...]


Your book won’t sell itself. You have to find ways engage with people, even before your book is published. It’s called building a platform. You want to hook people into what you’re writing about by starting a conversation with them. Agents and publishers love writers who know how to talk and write about their books [...]


Make Nature Your Writing Ally

by admin on July 10, 2013

Are you ready to find out how the natural world can prove a powerful ally on your writer’s journey? First, you’ll need to step away from the computer and pick up your journal and head outside. Take a question about your writing with you. For example, “How do I resolve this scene…what’s blocking me…how do [...]


When Should Your Writing Come First?

by admin on May 15, 2013

If your writing always comes first, to the detriment of everything else, you might end up with a lot of words but few friends. Writers are, after all, first and foremost human beings with rich and complicated lives. We have obligations, responsibilities, and relationships that need tending to. But there are crucial times in a [...]


What Is a Writing Mentor?

by admin on March 1, 2013

The word “Mentor” comes to us from The Odyssey. The goddess Athena assumes the guise of Mentor, thereby helping the Greek hero Telemachus on his heroic quest to spurn his mother’s suitors and find his father’s killers. Mentors are god-like creatures in disguise. And they serve to prepare you––the hero––to face the unknown adventure of [...]


Five Strategies for Writing through the Fear

by admin on February 19, 2013

Fear holds us hostage. We sit down to write and end up wasting hours on Facebook. We blame ourselves for being lazy and inept. In worse case scenarios, we just give up and stop pursuing our writing dreams. But while fear is part of the writing process–-don’t we all worry about writing well enough, having [...]


Round Up Your Allies and Write Your Book

by admin on January 29, 2013

Last night I heard US Supreme Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor talking about her latest book, My Beloved World. Her amazing journey took her from the housing projects in the Bronx to the highest halls of justice. She didn’t have it easy. She learned early to take responsibility for herself. What she did have was a [...]