Traveling soon? Here are 5 tips to consider for your writing.

 Traveling soon? Here are 5 tips to consider for your writing.

Life is full of ironies. Like starting a blog post on writing and travel while sitting in the airport, going on hour three of my delay.

But I've wanted to write about this topic for a while, and summer feels like the appropriate time. There are summer road trips, visits to the cabin, camping, and if you're not traveling, other travelers arriving at your door (especially if you live in the mountains). Talk about writing disruptions.

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Writers, worried about time? The answer might be different than you think.

Writers, worried about time? The answer might be different than you think.

Have you noticed how writers like to talk about time? As in, I just don't have enough time to write. Or I can't wait until I have more time—then I'm going to write. Or I really need to make use of the time I have.

Time is a precious commodity. But I've been coaching writers long enough to know that, most often, our fascination with it is a distraction and a smokescreen.

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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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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 #3: Own Your Process

Transform Your Writing, Shift #3: Own Your Process

My better half is a builder, and he is not a whap it, tap it, slap it kind of worker. He is a craftsman, who built our home with reclaimed oak floors, spacious windows to let in the light, and an eye for detail. He could see our house before it existed, and his job was bringing it life. After watching his process first hand, I knew: his best clients will appreciate quality, not the fastest, cheapest work.

I've realized something similar about my own writing. While the newspaper industry taught me to write fast and on a deadline, I have not transferred those skills to my short stories and novel writing. I don't want to.

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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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Sometimes, a Break from Writing is the Best Next Step

Sometimes, a Break from Writing is the Best Next Step

Life has this serendipitous feel sometimes, and the last couple of weeks has been one of those times. A few of my clients and I happen to be in the same phase of writing: we've compiled a lot of pages, and now we need to take stock of where we are. 

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It's All Just Practice

It's All Just Practice

Toward the end of grad school, one of my friends still working on her MFA asked if all the essays I'd written for school made it into my final thesis. I remember nodding and saying yes, that most of them had. 

Seven years later, I think of this moment often, because I know I was wrong.

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A tale of two writing retreats (a.k.a. how I failed at one and thrived at another)

A tale of two writing retreats (a.k.a. how I failed at one and thrived at another)

Have you ever noticed the way that having a short amount of time to write can create a sense of panic? Like, I only have one hour to write this week, or two days of a retreat—I better make the most of it!

Last month, my writing partner and I took ourselves on a writing retreat in a teeny, tiny town an hour outside of Denver (it makes my mountain town feel like a metropolis). I arrived armed with supplies and ideas: the first 80 pages of my latest project, printed; several books with essays and short stories for inspiration; and several options in mind to get the “most” out of the weekend. Like reading those pages to make sure I was on the “right track,” revising what I'd already written, or working on a short story an editor reviewed for me. 

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