The benefits of writing out loud

[This blog post first appeared on LearnHowToWriteANovel.com in December 2018] The writing process can be easy to romanticize and even easier to describe. Find a laptop, and straighten it in front of you on the desk. Place your coffee mug just to the right – and make sure it carries a wrap-around slogan proclaiming your … Continue reading The benefits of writing out loud

My view of success changed with one email

I’ve heard since I started on this fiction writing journey that writers aren’t successful. The money is low, the sales aren’t less than you think, the fame is fleeting, if that, and the time you invest is something you never get back. (Except if you’ve got a surname like mine. People seem to think I’m … Continue reading My view of success changed with one email

To my blog followers … want your name in my next novel?

Hi to all my followers, If you're just following the blog and not subscribed to my newsletter, you might be missing out on a chance for your name to appear in my next novel. I'm running a competition for subscribers - and all you need to do is enter the competition and make sure your … Continue reading To my blog followers … want your name in my next novel?

What’s the best way to handle feedback?

[This blog post first appeared on LearnHowToWriteANovel.com in September 2018].   Getting feedback can be a tricky pathway for an author to navigate. We can sometimes err on the safe side to save our creative hearts, but can also be trapped in an endless feedback loop of conflicting advice as to how to improve our … Continue reading What’s the best way to handle feedback?

Can doubt play a positive role in your writing life?

[This blog post first appeared in the International Christian Fiction Writers blog, June 2018] If you’re a writer, you’ll have doubt. We all do. It comes with the territory. What amazes me is that even the most successful writers go through it. I was listening to the most recent NovelMarketing podcast and Jim Rubart made … Continue reading Can doubt play a positive role in your writing life?