Writing Tips

So you want to be a writer? A Beginner’s Guide

Orignally posted in 2014 People have often said to me, “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’ve never tried because … [insert excuse.]” If you’re one of those people, I totally understand where you’re coming from. 100%. For most of my life, I never thought it was possible for someone like me to …

Writing Tips

Just Tell Their Story: Writing Advice from Chris Crutcher

Ah, writing conferences. How I miss them! Spending a day … sometimes two … learning and listening to amazing speakers along with other kindred spirits? Yes, please, sign me up! Back when I wrote mostly young adult novels, in what now feels like a lifetime ago, my favorite conference was the annual one put on …

Writing, Writing Tips

I Wrote an Okay Novel … and that’s okay.

After months and months of brainstorming, plotting, outlining, writing part of the draft, replotting, outlining, and then going back to the beginning … three times, I finally, FINALLY finished my women’s fiction draft in April! And bonus? I LOVE MY LAST LINE! Here it is if you’re curious: Because I’m fine, just as I am. …

Random Chitchats

Sandy Cracks and Other Perceived Flaws

I don’t like sand above my ankles. Don’t get me wrong. I love looking out onto a beautiful sandy beach, especially in the morning hours after nightly high tides have smoothed it to a fresh, blank surface. I adore walking along the ocean, savoring that delicious sinking feeling, watching the grains outlining my feet lighten, …

Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way Week 1
Goals & Challenges, Planners & Journals

The Artist’s Way Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety

Happy Tuesday, friends, I hope all is well in your world … and that you’re not too buried in snow! My world is blanketed with white, so I’m taking some time this morning to chat about my Artist’s Way Week 1: Recovering a Sense of Safety experience! Catch up with my intro post by clicking …

Goals & Challenges, Planners & Journals, Writing

The Artist’s Way: 12 Week Program Intro!

Amazon links are affiliate ones. This doesn’t cost you more but does give me a small commission to use for blogging expenses. Like so many, I’ve been a huge fan of morning pages, a free journaling practice taught by Julia Cameron in her book, The Artist’s Way. “The bedrock tool of a creative recovery is …