Category: Writing

“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

“Why Haven’t You Finished Your Novel?” & Other Exasperating Productivity Suggestions During Shelter-In-Place

Posted April 13, 2020 in Blogging, Bookish Things, Reading, Writing // 8 Comments

In the early days of shelter-in-place mandates, a message sputtered up through the waves of social media: “Now that we’re all at home, we can Do That Thing!” For some people, “that thing” was learning a new instrument.  Really digging into learning Portuguese.  For many, it was perfecting sourdough bread (which I tease about, but I love sourdough bread… please keep baking!).  In writerly circles, the pressure seemed to be on writing:  you don’t have social engagements, so now you can finish that book. Doesn’t matter if the person was an aspiring novelist or a seasoned author – the vision […]

DabbleWriter:  Cloud-Based Writing Software That Is Pretty Amazing

DabbleWriter: Cloud-Based Writing Software That Is Pretty Amazing

Posted March 30, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments

Good morning everyone! I wanted to take a little time today to talk about the cloud-based writing software I’ve been using for the last couple years – DabbleWriter.  Please know that I am not a rep for this company and I am not receiving any benefits to discuss this tool – I just want to share something out of my Writing Toolbox. 🙂 Since the age of nine, I wrote in MS Word.  It was there on the computer and easy to use.  As the world has evolved, MS Word doesn’t really cut it anymore.  I want to be able […]

The Importance of My Writer Tribe

The Importance of My Writer Tribe

Posted March 6, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments

If you’re in the bookish community, you’ve probably noticed a lot of authors have a writer tribe.  For me, the first example that comes to mind is the friendship between Amanda Foody (Ace of Shades) and Christine Lynn Herman (The Devouring Grey).  I’ve been following Amanda’s social media for three years, and Christine makes regular appearances… more since Amanda relocated to Boston. I love writer friendships.  They make me so happy. I’ve always wanted one. Growing up, a lot of my peers wrote for fun.  There was a writing competition at our middle school, and I remember wrangling my friends and […]

Writer’s Block:  Myth, or Fact?

Writer’s Block: Myth, or Fact?

Posted February 13, 2020 in Writing // 0 Comments

When I first started writing, I remember “writer’s block” being sort of a buzz word among writing communities.  Writer’s block is often blamed for lack of progress on WIPs, and phrases like “writer’s block” and “muse” have gone out of style in writing discussions. In short – there’s no such thing as “writer’s block”.  You’re just not working hard enough. But that’s a really harsh way of saying it.  I think that being a creative is really complicated.  It’s not just writing – whenever you are building something from nothing, there’s a certain amount of pressure.  Hard work is part […]

The Scary World of Publishing, Hype, & Not Being an Overnight Success

The Scary World of Publishing, Hype, & Not Being an Overnight Success

Posted December 5, 2019 in Writing // 0 Comments

When authors talk about their ascent to greatness (or at least having a successful book) the conversation is usually the same: lots of edits, a great team, and loads of social media presence and fan interaction. Many authors will pay out of pocket to have preorder goodies created and run street gangs of influencers to push their book. Sometimes, their publishers will even run blog tours and include their book if they are strongly supporting it. But authors can’t rely on that marketing push. It’s all social media presence. As someone who far prefers to stay in the background of […]