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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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."

Read More

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. 

Read More

Make progress in your writing by setting intentions, not goals.

Make progress in your writing by setting intentions, not goals.

Not everyone is a goal setter, and I get that. At times, I'm rather loose about it myself—especially when I sense that my writing needs room to breathe and evolve. But when you want to make progress toward a specific outcome, it can be helpful to give yourself direction and focus.

Goals are one way to do that, but there's something important to remember: good goal setting is gentle and realistic. And good goal setting uses a different word altogether. Intentions.

Read More

Taking stock of your fall writing goals? Read this first.

Taking stock of your fall writing goals? Read this first.

Maybe it's a remnant of my academic days, but the fall has always felt like more of a "new year" than January 1. The summer and all of its fun is winding down, and with fewer daylight hours and colder temps on the horizon, it feels like a natural time to take stock: What have I accomplished so far and what do I want to accomplish in the months ahead? 

I see a similar pattern in my writing clients. They reassess what they've been writing and what they'd like to accomplish in the coming months. It's nice to know I'm in good company.

Read More

How to write five chapters in three days

How to write five chapters in three days

You know those moments when an idea comes fully formed? It's like it drops out of the sky, and once you begin writing, the momentum carries you forward.

They can feel few and far between, can't they? But the truth is, you can increase the chances of it happening.

Read More

Transform Your Writing, Shift #9 (Bonus): Writing, just like your life, is an ongoing process and ever-changing.

Transform Your Writing, Shift #9 (Bonus): Writing, just like your life, is an ongoing process and ever-changing.

As a result of the 8 Simple Shifts to Transform Your Writing, it's possible that you've made some real changes in the way you view your writing life. Less pressure to meet unattainable goals, perhaps, or giving yourself permission to focus on the story that most excites you.

The sense of relief can't be understated. But how do you keep going with your newfound approach to writing?

Read More