Feel good about your writing.

Feel good about your writing.

The writing process has me thinking a lot about procrastination and the reasons we don't write. You know I think procrastination has little to do with a lack of discipline. It has more to do with the way we feel.

Think about it. Over time procrastination feels bad, like failure, laziness or some kind of character flaw. Like stagnation. From that place of yuckiness (because, really, that's what it is), it's hard to do anything.

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Planning your 2018 writing? I have a few tips to set intentions that work.

Planning your 2018 writing? I have a few tips to set intentions that work.

Are you at a place where you’re naturally reflecting on where you’ve been and where you’d like to go next with your writing? The approaching New Year can prompt these kinds of reflections, but there are also times in your writing life when you want to take a step back and assess.

If you find yourself asking what you’ve accomplished and what you want to do next, I have a few tips to make that process simpler and ensure that you follow through on your goals.

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Blizzards, writing and uncertainty. How to find your way through.

Blizzards, writing and uncertainty. How to find your way through.

Sometimes, life hands you the perfect metaphor for writing. Like a blizzard I drove through last month:

My instincts told me to get a hotel room even though the Friday evening workshop I taught was two hours from home. But it had been a long week and it was only 7:30 PM—dark but still early. I pointed the car toward home and started for the first mountain pass.

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Overwhelmed by the holidays? How to manage your writing during busy times.

Overwhelmed by the holidays? How to manage your writing during busy times.

Can you tell that in the coming weeks you're not going to have time for writing? Maybe you are super busy at work or you have family obligations. Or the holidays simply mean that writing is going to take a back seat.

I want to give you a couple of tips for navigating busy times. Watch the video below or keep reading for my tips on how to decide if you need a break and how to set yourself up to return to your writing.

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Haven't been writing? One simple way to get back to the page.

Haven't been writing? One simple way to get back to the page.

Has it been awhile since you’ve shown up to the page? Do you feel like you’re circling your writing? Thinking about it more than you’re actually doing it?

I know the struggle to begin writing is real, and the longer you’ve been away from the page, the harder it is to begin.

The good news is you can make it easier. Watch my video below or at this link, or keep reading.

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Want to stay organized? Keep it simple.

Want to stay organized? Keep it simple.

Writers do you ever find it hard to sit down and write because you cannot remember where you left off? Or you’re having a hard time deciding where to begin? If so, I can relate.

If you’re like me, you’ve already tried the over-the-top approaches. You’ve done the excel spreadsheet. You’ve done the color coding. You’ve done the methods that take more time to create and maintain than the act of writing itself.

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Short on time? Here's how to write anyway.

Short on time? Here's how to write anyway.

Are you frustrated by how little time you have for writing? Or perhaps playing the waiting game? You know, waiting until you have that perfect hour or two, maybe even a whole day to write?

Then the latest video from WritingStrides is for you. As a writing coach, one of the biggest mistakes I see writers make is to overestimate the amount of time they need to make writing worthwhile.

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Ever find it hard to trust the writing process? You're not alone.

Ever find it hard to trust the writing process? You're not alone.

There are moments in writing when you have to decide what to do next, but you don't know what kind of outcome you'll get. Will the thing you decide to do actually work?

It can make the writing process so uncomfortable. The joy and happiness of showing up at the page transform into uncertainty, doubt, or worry. I see it often in writers, and it makes me think of "hand ringing."

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What a DIY Writing Retreat Reminded Me About Writing

What a DIY Writing Retreat Reminded Me About Writing

Last week, my writing partner and I did something luxurious: we set aside a whole day for writing. We planned a month in advance to safeguard the time and picked the same date so we could keep each other accountable.

As the day approached, I was torn: work on my novel (I'd like to finish a draft in a year) or spend time on new ideas percolating since a late summer vacation. I've also been thinking about a book on writing. 

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