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5 Creative Ways to Help You Get Writing

Anton Chekhov wrote: “My country house is full of people, they never leave me alone; if only they would go away I could be a good writer.”

I bet you have your own “if only …” sentence that tells why you haven’t reached your writing goals.

Mine change from time to time. “If only I was more knowledgeable about this topic, I would feel confident enough to finish this novel” (my present “if only”). “If only I wasn’t so easily distracted” … “If only I felt more motivated” …

I’ll tell you one thing that does help me break through my “if only” dilemma, and that’s working on something I’m really excited about.

Many prolific writers generate innumerable ideas, and my guess is they’re mostly great ones. Ideas for poems, short stories, plays, screenplays, novels. You have to generate a lot of ideas to get to a few truly great ones. Continue Reading…

4 Strategic Actions for a Productive Writing Year

At the end of every year, I blog about planning. The new year is looming on the horizon, and to many it feels like the chance at a fresh start. We can say good riddance to 2020—for so many reasons, to be sure. But I also hope you spent some time writing and improving your writing chops.

Some people have been too busy and stressed to focus on their writing, but my hope is that in the coming months, space will open up, and the writing will flow.

If writing is more than a hobby for you—or you hope that will be the case this next year—you should already be starting to think about your career strategy. If you don’t have my strategic planning guide (you can get it by subscribing to my blog, on the side bar), grab it and start working in it!

Many writers work hard on their marketing plans and book launches, but they haven’t taken the time to lay out a vision for the long-term. A career isn’t about writing and publishing one book. Though, if that’s all you want to do, that’s fine.

However, even with one book published, you still want to present yourself as a professional author and build a reader base and get notoriety and great sales. Who know? Maybe if your book generates a lot of interest, it may inspire you to write more books. I hope so! Continue Reading…

A Late Call to Contribute to the Book “October 2020”

All month, nearly one hundred writers have been writing short pieces–prose, poetry, journal entries–that reflect their thoughts and feelings in this time in history.

It is my belief that this month–October of 2020–will be thought of as one of the most consequential and pivotal points of inflection in all of human history.

Maybe to some that’s a bit of a stretch, but I know that years from now I’ll be looking back at this month and recalling what I was thinking and feeling as COVID rages around the world, the US is reeling from accelerated racial injustice and a government on the precipice of collapse, and the planet is on fire and suffering historic flooding and sea levels rising as climate change is wreaking havoc in every arena of human life.

The month is almost over, and while many have been writing daily or every few days, compiling pieces on different topics, I’d like to extend an invitation to you to write something about how you feel in this moment in history. Continue Reading…

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