Story Genius: write powerful novels with purpose

In both my coaching and editing, I have found that there is one key ingredient that can lift anyone's writing practice to the next level: getting clear on your purpose. When you know what you want to achieve with your writing, that will be your motivational engine, keeping you going…

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Self-care and procrastination: recognizing the difference

In earlier posts, we talked about how self-compassion will make you a better writer; and how to navigate the procrastination swamp. Now it's time to talk about the difference between the two. One will help you achieve your writing goals. The other will hinder you in reaching them. But sometimes…

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Procrastination: how to navigate the swamp

Let's talk about the writer's bane. The centerpoint of your existence. The thing that refuses to drive everything. Procrastination. As a writing coach, I often find myself advising people on navigating the tricky procrastination swamp. "Navigation?" you might ask. Yes. There is no one road through. And procrastination may look a…

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Dealing with impostor syndrome: 3 helpful thoughts

In my writing coaching sessions, one of the first things that always comes up is that people doubt their own writing skills. I've rarely had an initial meeting with a new client where the topic doesn't need to be addressed. I've had a person who's been teaching English Literature for…

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Your writer-self – Musings

If you are a new writer, there are a lot of things you will learn about yourself. You'll have good and bad days. You will stare at blank screens. You'll experience frustration and excitement. And if you pay attention, all of these experiences can teach you to become a better…

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