We are delighted to welcome our newest contributor, Veeda Bybee! In a TED talk given last June, poet, educator and author Kwame Alexander opened his speech referencing a 2013 study by the University of Wisconsin confirming that language has the power to alter our perceptions. Alexander says, "Scientists believe that a single word has the power to … Continue reading Yes.
The year I felt profoundly moved to pursue publication for my novels was—you guessed it—the same year that I got pregnant (after years of infertility, too, which makes it doubly ironic). I jumped into the querying game when my daughter was barely a year old, and sold my first book not long after her third … Continue reading How To Write As A Stay-At-Home Parent
Even if you have no interest in ever running a marathon (or even a 5K), if you’re “competing” in the 50K/30.0 “marathon” of NaNoWriMo, you’re still a marathoner in my book.
This post is going to be difficult for me to write. Difficult, because that’s what all writing has been for me lately--difficult. And for a very good reason. . . . For many people, writing comes as a solace during difficult times. When someone experiences the loss of a loved one, for instance—like I did … Continue reading Writing (or not) After Loss
Recently, a gentleman new to my neighborhood posed a question that every writer must grapple with at some point. Over the last few months, our interactions have mostly been of the greet-in-passing variety, until recently, when he stopped me and asked an important question. “How do you find the motivation to write the next book?” … Continue reading Motivation Is Not the Problem
We are thrilled to welcome today's guest, Ryan Decker! In a world where there are literally thousands, if not millions of people competing to do exactly what you want to do, how will you stand out? How will you ever get noticed? You may assume there are too many obstacles to overcome or not enough … Continue reading How to be in the top 10% of your industry
Discovering your most productive time of day is just smart. Timing and environment can have a profound impact both on how quickly we write and on the quality of what we produce. But I suggest you can become more productive as a writer by paying attention to the length and frequency of your writing sessions.