One way to know you're ready for feedback to your writing.

One way to know you're ready for feedback to your writing.

I recently hosted a live Q&A. Writers from across the country—North Carolina, Minnesota, Colorado, even Washington—joined me on the Facebook page to talk about critique groups, getting feedback to your writing, and the Inspired Writers Master Track. And you know what? Minds were blown. Mine included.

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Are your habits making or breaking your writing?

Are your habits making or breaking your writing?

A writer and friend of mine will openly tell you that, sometimes, she doesn't write because she gets sucked into Netflix or solitaire. 

I love her honesty, because let's face it, we all have our vices

Mine also begins with N followed by etflix, yet if you were to ask me what I'd rather do—write or watch TV—I'd say writing every time. So why do I so often choose TV?

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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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Putting your inner critic in perspective.

Putting your inner critic in perspective.

Last week, I sent my writing partner the next installment of my work, and like always, I told her that I had no idea what I'd written. That I'd slipped into that frame of mind where I went back and forth between loving it and thinking there was nothing there.

I do this every time, and I've begun to recognize a pattern in my writing process: The excitement I feel about a story idea is what gets me to the page. My curiosity about what happens next keeps me going. Yet somewhere along the way I begin to oscillate between two emotional states: 

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Two conversations changed the way I looked at writing forever.

Two conversations changed the way I looked at writing forever.

When I decided to become a writing coach, I made a point of talking to a lot of writers so I could understand their goals and their sticking points. Two conversations changed the way I looked at writing forever: one with a self-taught writer and one with an MFA graduate.

I met the self-taught writer first, at a local coffee shop. About half way through the conversation she admitted her real dream: write a book. She told me what it was about, how it would begin and how it would flow. But, she admitted, she hadn’t gotten past the first chapter, given the demands of her job, her freelance writing, her blog, and her family. 

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