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Mantled in the half-light, shadowed at its edges, a garden at dusk whispers mysteries. It is a place to walk, reflect, conspire, love, pray, and more. If you as a writer need to find inspiration, a garden is one of the best places to search. Let’s go inside, shall we? Continue Reading>>
You don’t know what you don’t know, but a good editor will teach you. That’s why I’m the first to recommend letting one save you from yourself. The topic of edits is much on my mind lately. One of the challenges of having two publishers is back-to-back edits on multiple book projects. That’s been my situation since January. I’m probably feeling a little rebellious after all that toeing the line, hence this article. Continue Reading>>
You decide that today is the day. Come hell or high water, you’re going to make progress on the manuscript you’ve neglected for the past week while other matters intruded. You are off work and the kids have school for the next six hours. Ah, luxury! You have all day to write. Continue Reading>>
Here’s your chance to weigh in on exactly what you want to read about at Live Write Breathe and how you want the information delivered. I’m planning to double down and add even more value to the site this year, but I need to know what topics you want me to cover. Anything writing-related is on the table, so tell me what interests you. Continue Reading>>
I didn’t plan to write at three times my normal pace when I went on a writing retreat this month, but that’s exactly what I did. It’s important to evaluate your successes to find out what you right. That way you can hopefully continue to replicate it. I thought you might enjoy being in on my analysis, so I’m evaluating what caused my writing productivity increase in this update. Here are the pertinent factors: Continue Reading>>
It’s annoying, right? Infuriating too. When was the last time you didn’t beat yourself up, because you struggle to fit enough writing into your day to meet your word count goal and put words down? When was the last time you weren’t left feeling guilty that you hadn’t done any writing at all? Continue Reading>>
Have you ever pictured what living a perfect life would look like for you? Perhaps you would exercise regularly, eat right, take time for hobbies, engage in recreational activities, travel, complete your household duties, keep up with family responsibilities, and ace your job — all while having plenty of time to write. Continue Reading>>
You look up from your computer after a productive writing session only to remember that you forgot to take your child to the dentist today. It’s also your sister’s birthday, and you meant to call her. You’ll have to deal with that later, because right now you have to scramble. Your spouse will be home any time, and it was your turn to make dinner. If only you’d remembered to thaw something, you wouldn’t have to run to the grocery store. Sound familiar? Continue Reading>>
No matter what you do, you can’t seem to win. Focus on home and family and your writing doesn’t happen. Put time and energy into a writing project, and you could write absent notes to friends and family in the dust on your furniture. Working long hours to accomplish your writing goals, cook, clean, run errands, and serve your family is neither fun nor fair. There’s a better way, thankfully. Continue Reading>>