How I know you can trust the writing process and yourself to follow through.

How I know you can trust the writing process and yourself to follow through.

As a coach, I often find myself making suggestions that go against the grain of conventional writing advice.

You don't have to write every day.
Write the book you want to write, not the one you think will sell.
Write to find out what happens, not because you know what happens.


Yet as unconventional as these ideas might be, I trust them wholeheartedly.

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The #1 insight that will keep you coming back to the page.

The #1 insight that will keep you coming back to the page.

Do you ever struggle to make time for writing? (Even as I type that, I know the answer. We're all human after all.) 

Procrastination and avoidance are human traits, and yet so often I see writers turn the struggle to write into something far worse: evidence they're not meant to write.

If they say they like to write but they're not making time for it, maybe they're not really writers. Sound familiar?

Here's the thing. I don't buy it.

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Lost your writing rhythm? Here's one simple way to get it back.

Lost your writing rhythm? Here's one simple way to get it back.

Have you been feeling frustrated because you were in the flow or you did have a writing rhythm, but now you feel like you've lost it? 

If so, you're not alone. I see writers struggle with this very thing anytime they've taken a break from their writing, transitioned from one phase of writing to another—like rough draft to revisions—or gone from one type of writing to another, like short stories to a novel. I also see it happen when writers feel like their day to day life has changed. The time they have available and their daily obligations are just different.

The good news is that you can find the flow again.

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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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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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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 #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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Transform Your Writing, Shift #2: Adjust Your Expectations to Your Priorities

Transform Your Writing, Shift #2: Adjust Your Expectations to Your Priorities

As you now know, I'm more than a writer (you probably are too). I'm also a partner, a dog mom, a friend and writing coach. I mountain bike, rock climb, camp, hike and spend time with the people I love. I like a clean house too (though my standards pale compared my guy's) and prefer to cook over eating out.

Once I realized that all of those roles and pastimes are just as important to me as writing (and in some cases more important) I was able to do something critical for my writing: relax my expectations.

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