How Non-Judgmental Listening Improves Writers’ Confidence

Writing is about communication, about sharing our words with others who hear the power and the intention underneath what we have written. Developing strong listening skills is critical for anyone’s …

Three Ways to Make Any Description More Interesting

Are you looking for sure-fire ways to ensure your readers are able to visualize the images in your stories? There are many exercises to develop any writer’s ability to notice …

Listening To The Voices Of This Land’s First People

The month of June is National Indigenous History Month. Recent political and global events have highlighted the systemic racism embedded within our culture. Those events have prompted me to dive …

Writing Dream

Do you have a half-written article or manuscript languishing in a drawer or collecting dust in a shoebox? Perhaps it’s stashed somewhere in a digital folder on your computer. Maybe …

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Why Attend A Writing Retreat?

Why choose a writing retreat? It’s all about what it feels like to unplug from daily routines, the demands and expectations, and letting your creative self be the focus of …

2 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring an Editor

This post invites you to consider building a relationship with your manuscript editor before you send your rough draft off to be polished.  Just as there are “plenty of fish”, …

Get The Most From Your Relationship With An Editor

In honor of Valentine’s day, I’ve been thinking about nurturing relationships. There are different levels of relationship involved in writing, from beginning with one’s choice to commit words to paper, …

How to Tell When You’re Done Your First Draft

There are basically three stages of writing:  Fresh Writing, Revising, and Polishing.  It’s important to know what stage you’re at, so your writing can continue to flow with ease.  If …

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The Only Reason You’ll Keep Writing

In keeping with welcoming the New Year, the topic for this post is Celebrating. Yes, that’s right. Celebrating.  Many creative people I know miss this very important step in their …

How to Choose Your Word For The Year

“If you don’t choose a word for guidance, you end up with chaos.” That may not have been my mentor’s exact words, but that’s what I remember hearing several years …