Category Archives: Writing Advice

Diversity and Writing: The Intro

I’m not sure how one writes about diversity without irritating someone.  So this is my disclaimer: If I offend, leave a professional comment and I shall endeavor to be more aware in the future.  That’s the best I can do.  Diversity is all about inclusion or

First Aid for Writer’s Block

Inspiration. The process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. At least according to Google, this is the definition of inspiration. But, as any author knows, inspiration can be as elusive as finding the truth in a room

Why You Should Have Deadlines

It’s a cruel truth, but there are only 24 hours in a day. This can be especially hard for writers who have full time jobs or family obligations that cut into precious writing time. But if you want to write professionally, you have to carve

The Psychological Potholes

Some of the biggest obstacles for authors are all in their head. Psychologically speaking, of course. You are going along just fine on the Writing Road, then BAM!  One of your tires hits a pothole and jars you into rethinking your path. Let me introduce

How to Make an Old Story New

“I give you this to take with you: Nothing remains as it was. If you know this, you can begin again, with pure joy in the uprooting.” ― Judith Minty, Letters to My Daughters It happens to everyone. We start with a vengeance, earnestly tapping

Where to find inspiration?

Shh, I have a secret to tell you. Come here, close the door, bend down low, whisper with me… There is a well beneath a fountain from which water springs eternal with no discernible source. If you drink from this well with an ancient gold

Ten Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

Writer’s block. We all dread those two words. But everyone has experienced writer’s block at one point or another. So today, let’s discuss ten ways to work through writer’s block. Have a writing routine in place. When you know it’s writing time, you’ll actually write

What Keeps Us From Writing?

  In this month, we examine the obstacles that keeps us from writing and/or achieving our goals.  Most of the trip-ups seem to fall in one of four P’s: Personal, Psychological, Professional, and Publishing. I’m going to start with Personal…probably because it is the most

Author Obstacles: A Blessing or a Curse?

Ask any author what’s stopping them from writing more novels, novellas, short stories, or poetry, and you’ll get a wide assortment of answers! Here are some of the most common answers: I have to work a day job to pay the bills while I’m building

Tips for Writing an Epic Western Part 3: The Final Roundup

Howdy Pardners! I reckon y’all are doing fine on this beautiful March morning. For my part, I can smell the coffee pot Cookie has simmering over the campfire. The wind is gently blowing through the sage, and my Pinto is softly neighing for me to

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