Chances are, if you’re a writer, you love to read. In fact, your love of words and books probably led you to be a writer.
Now that you are a writer, it seems you have less and less time to do the very thing you love so much — pore over those precious tomes that delight your imagination and nurture your soul.
Why? Probably because you’re too busy writing.
A classic Catch 22.
My editor gave me some valuable advice several years ago, when I was in the throes of writing a series and feeling overwhelmed. During one of our…
As writers, while it’s important to develop our personal brands, in the process, we may run the risk of stifling our creativity, missing opportunities, and imposing others’ expectations on ourselves.
As creatives, we owe it to ourselves to try our hand at new things, and thus, continually evolve.
For over two decades, I’ve satisfied my creative wanderlust through freelancing and fiction, but when I’m feeling lost or uninspired, nothing bolsters my courage more than other artists I admire, and one of my favorites is singer-songwriter Norah Jones — someone who, in my opinion, keeps breaking the mold.
As a writer…
As writers, it’s probable that along the path of our creative journeys we’ll encounter any number of issues, including writer’s block, overwhelm, frustration, disillusionment, burnout, discouragement, and loss of direction.
As creatives, drawing on our other passions and the parallels between them, and our writing can serve to revitalize our journey by inspiring, teaching, motivating, and enlightening us.
As a writer for nearly twenty years, the outdoors has and continues to be my go-to for putting me right when I’ve lost my writing way — in both practical, and more philosophical, terms.
On a recent hike in the woods with…
As writers, finding, growing, and connecting with the people who will enjoy, appreciate and recommend our work the most can sometimes prove elusive, confusing, and time consuming.
Taking stock of your creative journey by assessing those, in most cases, less than 200 character snippets we share about ourselves in our social media bios is one way to help identify your talents, accomplishments, interests, and more — all things that can help you find new audiences and strengthen existing ones.
Refreshing my Instagram bio recently was, for me, the creative version of updating my résumé, and helped me discover and rediscover…
Writers everywhere, especially newer ones, may be shy, anxious, and/or insecure about sharing their work, or simply be unsure, or unaware of who to ask for input so as to improve their skills and increase their knowledge.
Be that person — the one who reaches out to help his fellow writer, whether you’re a new writer, an old hand, or somewhere in between. Yes, you, a mentor.
As a freelancer for nearly twenty years, as well as an author for the last five, I’ve had numerous opportunities to mentor peers and high school students. Every experience has given me the…
As authors — though many of us have worked hard to find, build, and connect with our audience with the intent of making lasting connections, creating super fans, and selling lots of books — we’ve met with less-than-smashing success, even after educating ourselves on this vast topic. One of the problems? We’re probably not listening to our readers as often, or as well as we can.
Applying the “cocktail party effect”, which is just a fancy name for selective listening, is a key component of our marketing success, and works both ways — once you tune in to your readers…
As the word “pandemic’ becomes a word that rolls off the tongue, parenting a teenager — which can be difficult on our best day — has taken on a whole new dimension.
Conversation and communication have never been more vital or critical — and now that we’re hanging together on a daily basis, they’ve never been more accessible. And I’m taking full advantage.
As a single parent of a teen, here’s how I’m making sense of things, day by day for both of us.
When your child hurts, you hurt. And there’s nothing I can do as her mother to…
As readers, we long for stories that make us feel deeply. As writers, we strive to create that experience, but sometimes fall short.
The answer lies in fostering an intimate connection with our reader. We can achieve this by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable as we write, by reading stories that move us, and by expanding our view of storytelling.
Here’s how a recent read enlightened me.
Recently, I listened to American country music legend Willie Nelson’s autobiography on audiobook, It’s a Long Story: My Life. …
We’ve all experienced the euphoria of devouring that book — the one that intrigues, enlightens, and ultimately changes us. Our work. Our mindset. Our process. Without a doubt, reading the right book at the right time can prove life-altering, but how do you find it? Or rather, how does it find you?
The answer, I believe, is twofold, in that it lies at the intersection of your level of experience and the law of attraction, or the ability to attract into our lives whatever we’re focusing on.
When I started working on my fifth novel, I sought a better way…
Writers of all stripes experience discouragement and disappointment as part and parcel of the creative journey.
After writing professionally for twenty years, I find there’s nothing like another artist to help you weather those storms — and the show The Voice fits the bill.
I’ve been a fan since the beginning, and the artists, as well as the judges, never fail to inspire me. Here’s how the show gives me a shot in the arm on those dark days.
As a writer, you know that some days, it’s all too easy to feel uninspired. Unmotivated. Down. On creativity, or the…