Why I Spend $4 a Day for Office Space
Inspiration

Why I Spend $4 a Day for Office Space

Listen, it’s true.  There are some writer perks.  Long before there were virtual offices and remote working environments, writers and moms (and a few others with oddball jobs) were the only people staying home to work.  And it’s no lie to say that it’s one of the best things about being a writer—the house clears…

Active vs. Passive Writing
Craft of Writing

Active vs. Passive Writing

I see it all the time. A teen or new writer has talent. Real talent for story telling. Story structure comes naturally to them, and if they’re voracious readers, then that’s not a surprise. But the biggest problem I see in these talented writers is that they write in the passive voice. Passive writing can be good story telling,…

5 Common, BIG Mistakes Writers Make on Their Facebook Pages–and How to Fix Them
Social Media

5 Common, BIG Mistakes Writers Make on Their Facebook Pages–and How to Fix Them

We set up our author/writer/speaker Facebook page as we have been advised to do repeatedly by agents, successful writers, and conference speakers. We tell everyone we know, send out friend invites, and receive a bunch of Facebook LIKES. We put time and effort into posting regularly, yet the page doesn’t grow. What’s up with that?…

The Secret Life of Books
Inspiration

The Secret Life of Books

Have you ever wondered why some things you read move you beyond words and others fall flat? Both are well written. Both use great descriptive detail. Both show instead of telling. Both are structured well. And yet…there is a difference. Let me explain. Books and articles are more than just letters on a page. This…