How To Strike Creative Gold

Last week, your writing seemed fine. Well, maybe not fine, but at least okay. The plot and pacing in your story worked well enough. Your poetry flowed. You like where your nonfiction outline was headed. Then, whammo! Out of nowhere, your imagination runs dry. Today, nothing's right when you write. You struggle with the blank page, clawing for each word. In fact, your entire writing...

Stuck for Ideas? 20 Quotes Telling You What To Write About

[caption id="attachment_10012" align="alignright" width="300"] Would You Like to Find Ideas for What to Write About?[/caption] You want to write, so you sit down to begin.  You stare at the blank page or screen. And stare. And stare. After this happens a few times, you come to the conclusion: "I want to write, but I don't know what to write about". You shelve your writing dreams and beli...

The One Marketing Tactic That Will Get Your Book Noticed

[caption id="attachment_9991" align="alignright" width="300"] Would You Like to Get Your Book Noticed?[/caption] Like you, I don't have enough time. Not enough time for my day job, my family and friends, and certainly not enough time to market my new book, Breathing for Two. Oh, did I mention not enough time to write? That too. So the last thing I ever wanted to do was make a trailer f...

The Creative Confidence Matrix: Write With Confidence – Part 2

[caption id="attachment_9669" align="alignright" width="300"] How to Write With Confidence[/caption] Do you want to write with confidence? I’m sure you do. As writers, we yearn to feel solid ground under our feet - and that’s what confidence promises. However … High confidence is the enemy of good writing. In this post, we’ll look at confidence from a Zen point of view, and ...

The Secret Fear Of Every Writer – And How To Subdue It Every Time

[caption id="attachment_9631" align="alignright" width="199"] Would You Like to Subdue Your Writing Fears?[/caption] Do you sometimes sit in front of a blank screen and wonder why your brain just isn’t working? I can almost hear your response: “all the time”, “in certain situations”. I think very few writers could respond to that question with a resounding “no”. I’ve ha...

The Mental Games We Play: Write With Confidence – Part 1

[caption id="attachment_9665" align="alignright" width="300"] Do you want to write with confidence?[/caption] This is the first in a series of three posts about how to write with confidence. Dashed hopes. Broken dreams. What ifs. Regrets. Wasted potential. These are the things that writers’ nightmares are made of. If you’re like most budding writers, you know all too well about the...

Scene Stealers: Plotting Fun

[caption id="attachment_9093" align="alignright" width="300"] Would You Like To Plot Some Fun?[/caption] Welcome to Scene Stealers, our series of writing prompts designed to flex your creative muscles. We’re thrilled that so many of you are participating in our writing prompt series. (Read the other Scene Stealers here and add one of your own.)   In case you’re not familiar w...

Use Your Dreams To Be Endlessly Creative

[caption id="attachment_8805" align="alignright" width="200"] Do You Want To Use Your Dreams To Be Endlessly Creative?[/caption] People often ask me for writing advice, and they’re surprised when the first thing I tell them is to keep a dream journal. In fact, many people look downright suspicious, perhaps fearing I’ll go on to advise them to use healing crystals, or only to write when M...

Scared of Publishing? 2 Proven Ways To Write With Confidence

[caption id="attachment_2351" align="alignright" width="300"] How to get over the fear of being read[/caption] Ever feel afraid to put your writing out there? I've talked to writers who can't muster the courage to press 'send' on posts to their own blog. The idea of sending out an article to a magazine or publishing an ebook makes their knees quake. Recently, I got into an interesting con...

How To Be Creative When Your Brain Doesn’t Want To Play

[caption id="attachment_8384" align="alignright" width="300"] Do You Know How to Be Creative?[/caption] See if this scene sounds familiar… It’s time to write. You’re at your computer with your favorite beverage half an arm’s length away. The lighting is just right – and you have the climate control set exactly the way you like it. Conditions are perfect. You put your fingers ...