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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Transform Your Writing, Shift #8: Watch Out for Any Belief that Starts with "I Should"

Transform Your Writing, Shift #8: Watch Out for Any Belief that Starts with "I Should"

When I decided to stop working on a novel and set it aside, possibly forever, it didn't come easily. I had invested a lot of myself and my time into that book. But the writing had become more than a struggle—I was forcing it.

My choice was actually very simple: continue to struggle and feel stuck, or listen to my gut. That small voice that was telling me there was something more, something different I could write.

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Transform Your Writing, Shift #7: Share Your Writing Before You Publish

Transform Your Writing, Shift #7: Share Your Writing Before You Publish

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to speak to an audience about article pitching. One of the first things I said? Don't get ahead of yourself. Take the time to make your writing as good as it can be before you try to publish. 

It felt like a risky move. The room was full and people were taking so many notes... these were writers who want to publish. And yet. I know what happens when you try to publish too soon.

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Transform Your Writing, Shift #6: Let Go of the Projects that No Longer Serve You

Transform Your Writing, Shift #6: Let Go of the Projects that No Longer Serve You

I have a confession. You know those writers who have a novel in a drawer, collecting dust and going no where? I am one. Only my dusty novel is in a bag in the storage space above the master closet, and I left it there on purpose. 

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