Writing Advice: What To Do When You’re Stuck

When you started your writing project, you were flooded with inspiration. It seemed like the words couldn’t come fast enough as your descriptions, characters, and plot spilled onto the paper …

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How To Overcome The “Messy Middle”

The Messy Middle is that time when writing your manuscript isn’t fun anymore. You feel like you’ve hit the wall, where words have stopped flowing easily and all your efforts …

When There Are No Words

Most often when I return home from a week-long writing retreat I am filled with inspiration, using every spare moment to capture words and images. But this summer… to borrow …

How To Revise Your First Draft

There are 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 you …

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 …

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, …