writing despite fear

Writing Despite Fear of Criticism

Every open heart has an Antagonist When Gustavo Dudamel became the youngest conductor of a major orchestra, an L.A. Time’s journalist urged us not to get too excited about our...

overcoming writer's block

Overcoming Writer’s Block: Exploring the Dilemma

It’s not just first-time novelists that get stuck. Every writer, except Stephen King, experiences writer’s block. Writer’s block is often an absence of information. The information can be related to...

THE WRITE PROCESS: MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE

The Write Process: Making the Impossible Possible

“A problem cannot be solved with the same level of awareness that created it” — Albert Einstein We often have an idea of the direction our story is going, and...

Novelist Procrastination

Procrastination Masquerading as Research

I work with first-time novelists all the time who desperately want to convince me that they can’t begin their first draft until they do more research. Research is important, and...

how to choose a book titles

The Write Process: What is my title?

  Those scant few words on the cover of our book or screenplay can be the most labor-intensive work of our entire manuscript. Coming up with a good title can...

writing the middle of your story

Writing the Middle

For all you first-time writers struggling with the middle of your story, here’s something to remember. Our idea of our novel is never the whole story. The solution to getting...

simplicity in writing

Simplicity in Writing

Forward, he cried From the rear And the front ranks died. – Pink Floyd (Us and Them) Hi Writers, We can tell a whole world in a sentence. The rewrite...

Finishing Your Novel

Finishing Your Novel: 5 Tips to Get You to the End

For all you writers struggling somewhere in the middle of your manuscript, here are five tips to get you to the end. 1) Create a deadline for yourself. Think of...

the writer's place

The Writer’s Place

I believe there is something we writers are collectively seeking; we are all attempting to convey an experience, a true moment, to tell a story that somehow reveals more than...

value of an outline

The Value of an Outline

A lot of writers want to dive right into their first drafts and start amassing pages. Though there are those novelists who claim not to outline, upon questioning (and I’ve...