Start Writing For The Busy Writer – Part Two

Welcome to the second session of the Start Writing for the Busy Writer blog series. Last month I covered facing your fears. In this month's blog, I address an issue writers loathes. Time. Time is the biggest reason writers give for not writing, and an excuse I've used too. My personal journey with finding time to write [...]

Start Writing For The Busy Writer – Part One

When people discover I’m a writer, frequent questions I’m asked are (1) how I got started (2) how and where I find stories ideas and (3) how I find the time to write. I’ve answered these questions at book signings, and on various blog posts, but I thought I’d put my answers together in a [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , |1 Comment

3 ways to use public speaking to promote your book

Public Speaking is a talent some people take to like a fish to water while others, like myself, had to work at it. My previous boss encouraged me to speak at meetings and events, however most times I chickened out and deferred to him. When he left the company I was forced to do speeches and [...]

Three benefits to planning your year

I know what you're thinking. It's May! Why is she talking about planning the year? I'm a big believer that it's never too late and you're never too young or old to start a dream. Therefore, it's not too late to start planning your year. It'll be painless. I promise. ;-) Last year I blogged about my goals [...]

By | May 16th, 2014|Categories: Writing Tips, Get Organized|Tags: , , |2 Comments

Why I hated writing my heroine

I like writing characters with sharp wit and humor who fall desperately in love (after a whole lot of trial and error), so imagine my surprise when the hero of my latest release Deadly Bloodlines turned out to be dark, brooding, and down right unlikeable. I tried to lighten her up, but she wouldn't have it. Jeez! Didn't she know [...]

3 tips for breaking out of your writing comfort zone

Before publishing my first book, I had the crazy idea I'd make a name for myself publishing short stories in magazines and contests. What a  joke! Writing a short story was more challenging than a novel. I had several offers to participate in anthologies, but fear of my limitations with short stories stopped me each time. The last time I was [...]

How I made my writing fly

I realized recently I'd been writing articles for a magazine for a few months now, but only mentioned it in passing on my website. Crazy right? Such a momentous event in my writing career and I'd glazed over it. The roundabout way I ended up writing articles is pretty funny. I started with the desire to see my book [...]

By | August 12th, 2014|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

My Self-publishing Journey – A Bio What?

Writing a bio. It sounds exciting at first, telling people a little about you (all the good things of course), but when the reality of it sets in, you realize it's not as straight forward as you think. I'm still tweaking mine six months later. What makes writing a biography a challenge? The biggest ones [...]

6 Tips to Stress Free Publication

Happy Friday! This month marks one year since I signed my contract with a publishing company to have my first book, FOR THE LOVE OF JAZZ, published. What an amazing journey it's been! There have been great times, times I wanted to pull my hair out, and times when I thought my brain would explode [...]

What’s Your Daily 5?

Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net The last couple weeks I've been talking about goals, dreams and how to stay focused. Today I'm asking "What drives you daily? What keeps you focused on your dreams?" For me it’s my daily 5. Curious? Here's a link to Kelly L. Stone’s site, author of TIME TO WRITE, [...]