The Cure for Writer’s Block
Craft of Writing

The Cure for Writer’s Block

Is there anything worse than staring at a blank screen and not knowing what to type? Whether you’re a Pantser or Plotter, writer’s block stinks!  But believe it or not there is a cure. Some die-hard plotters would say “if you plotted out your story before you wrote it then you wouldn’t have writer’s block.” But I’m sure even…

Should You Publish Your Book?
Business of Writing

Should You Publish Your Book?

When I teach my novel writing classes what do you think is one of the first questions I’m asked after they realize I’m a published author? If you answered, “How do I get published?” you’re right. However, this blog is not about “how” to get your book published because there’s plenty of information on that….

How Can You Tell If You’re Really a Writer?
Inspiration

How Can You Tell If You’re Really a Writer?

You may not even realize it yet, but you’re already a writer. The simple fact that you’ve picked up pen and paper-okay, tablet and keyboard, and pounded out words, albeit messy, angsty words (been there, done that) means you’re a writer. Don’t doubt it. But what separates the wanna-be writers from the gonna-be published authors…

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,…