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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How I keep disappointment in perspective.

How I keep disappointment in perspective.

As a writing coach, I've seen the heartbreak of writing up close. 

I know. We don't talk about that part of the process very often, but here's what it can look like:

  • You share your manuscript with a friend and they return it, saying they couldn't get past the first three chapters and failing to offer any helpful advice

  • Your award-winning manuscript gets rejected by agents

  • You feel like you've been writing forever, and you STILL haven't finished your book or landed an assignment

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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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