Woohoo! You’ve found an agent, publisher, or learned to self-publish. That’s wonderful. Now brace yourself for a tougher test. Those accomplishments, while important, pale in contrast to the task of keeping readers engaged with your book. Continue Reading>>
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You feel vaguely restless, certain you need to boost your writing career to the next level. How to do that eludes you, however. Stretch any further as a writer, and it feels like you’ll break. I have good news for you. Continue Reading>>
You have all the time in the world to write but can’t seem to start. You stare at the blinking cursor with a growing sense of frustration. The plot that seemed brilliant only yesterday now strikes you as flat. You wrack your brain but can’t figure out what to write. What’s an author to do? Continue Reading>>
Authors used to be able to hide behind a pleasant air of mystery, but that won’t get most writers very far with readers nowadays. They want to know your true self, not a persona. In today’s busy world, we ask a lot of our fans. We want their time to interact online, read our books, and help promote us. Are details of your personal life too much for readers to ask? Maybe, and maybe not. Continue Reading>>
Tree trunks, gleaming in the sun, line up on either side of the gravel road with grass growing down the middle. You pass through dappled shade beneath a tunnel woven of branches. Just ahead, the road vanishes into forest shadow. Where is it taking you? Continue Reading>>
Every year in the autumn I evaluate the progress of my writing business for the coming year. In summer I mull decisions that I use for my writing business plan categories, parts of the writing life I’ve broken into manageable segments. Grouping similar tasks into writing plan categories allows me to think about my writing business plan more efficiently. Continue Reading>>
You stare at the computer screen with your hands motionless on the keyboard. Nothing comes to mind. Nothing. How can this happen? You have a deadline, a schedule, a goal—even time to write. All you lack is the ability to focus. What are you going to do? There’s no time in your schedule for this crisis. No one cares about your writer’s angst. They just want a book. Continue Reading>>
I once arrived with a group of writer friends on San Juan Island for a writing retreat. We had just carried our luggage into a gorgeous rental home with picture windows overlooking the Salish Sea. All six of us heaved a sigh at the same moment, then looked up and laughed. This wordless exchange remains fixed in my mind. Continue Reading>>
Story ideas drift into my mind at odd moments—while I’m driving, in conversation, in nature, doing dishes, gardening, even while I should be paying attention in church. They are incorrigible and more prolific than I’ll ever be. Continue Reading>>