Category Archives: Focus

The Emotional Roller Coaster all Writers Experience

Welcoming Martha Alderson (The Plot Whisperer) today, who is brilliant at digging down to the deepest layers of a story. Martha’s new book, Boundless Creativity: A Spiritual Workbook for Overcoming Self-Doubt, Emotional Traps, and Other Creative Blocks (affiliate link) tackles … Continue reading

Posted in Focus, Guest Post, Motivational, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writer's Block | 6 Comments

How To Avoid A Half-Baked Idea

Half-baked ideas are everywhere in the spec pile. But what does ‘half-baked’ mean? After all, whether a script reader, agent’s assistant or intern LIKES the idea behind a story is another matter. Let’s look to the dictionary to agree on … Continue reading

Posted in Character Arc, Focus, Plotting, Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Story Structure, Time Management, Writer's Attitude, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 8 Comments

3 Ways to Differentiate Your Characters

We’ve invited Resident Writing Coach Sacha Black to give us an extra dose of wisdom as she’s just released a new book that I think will help a lot of writers: Anatomy of Prose: 12 Steps to Sensational Sentences. This … Continue reading

Posted in Characters, Description, Dialogue, Editing Tips, Emotion, Focus, Pacing, Resident Writing Coach, Revision and Editing, Show Don't Tell, Subtext, Uncategorized, Villains, Writing Craft, Writing Lessons | 27 Comments

How to Juggle Writing and Parenting

While being a parent is one of the greatest joys in life, it comes with its own slew of challenges. As a mother of a toddler, I’ve had to find a way to balance taking care of my darling boy … Continue reading

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Goal-Setting for Writers (During a Pandemic)

None of us enjoys uncertainty. And unfortunately, that’s what we have right now. A lot is happening outside the doors to our homes. Stress and worry have become part of our everyday. Life’s not easy at the moment and that … Continue reading

Posted in Agents, Buying Books, Focus, Goal and Milestones, Goal Setting, Marketing, Motivational, Platform, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Reader Interest, Social Networking, The Business of Writing, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Time | 12 Comments

Writing During Tough Times: What You Need to Know to Keep the Words Flowing

Writing can be a challenge, and that’s when life’s going well. Getting those words to flow, for our characters to show up and play nice, drumming up the motivation to market our books takes passion and perseverance, day after day … Continue reading

Posted in Focus, Motivational, Reading, Resident Writing Coach, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writer's Block, Writing Time | 9 Comments

Writing in the Time of Coronavirus: Practical Tips

As a native Floridian, I know about disruption. It happens repeatedly every year between June and November. But hurricanes and their inconvenient aftermaths are temporary; even though they’re annoying, you know you’ll be back to your regular schedule soon. But … Continue reading

Posted in Balance, Focus, Goal Setting, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writing Time | 14 Comments

The Writing Tip Double-Double

Okay to start off, know that I am sending each and every one of you a mental hug right now. What a challenge this year has been so far. It’s surreal for me still, that all of this is happening. … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Focus, Goal Setting, Marketing, Motivational, One Stop For Writers, Promotion, The Business of Writing, Time Management, Writer's Attitude, Writer's Block, Writing Craft, Writing Time | 12 Comments

Need a Creative Kick in the Pants?

FACT: every once in a while, the ol’ brain noodle goes limp. You stare at the screen…stare at the screen…stare at the screen. And then you remember…oh hey, there’s a pile of laundry downstairs. Or, the car needs gas. Or … Continue reading

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Writing Retreats: How to Choose the Best One for You (+Giveaway!)

Hi everyone. Help me welcome author Sean Hillen who is going to help us better understand what makes a writing retreat worth the investment. And SPOILER ALERT, you definitely want to get in on the giveaway mentioned at the end … Continue reading

Posted in Contests, Focus, Goal Setting, Guest Post, Motivational, Reader Interest, Time Management, Uncategorized, Writer's Attitude, Writing Time | 2 Comments