Where do you get your ideas? Recently, I received an email from a fiction writer who was nearing completion of her first novel and wanted to know how to generate a list of ideas for future stories. I’d like to start by saying that I applaud this writer for thinking ahead. It is always best to have a bunch of ideas waiting to be written when you have finished your most recent manuscript. But how do you find ideas? And how do you know which are worthy of spending your time on? First, it helps to know that there is no magical formula for generating ideas.   With that said, here are 6 suggestions on how to generate ideas for your story that have worked… Read More

My Manuscript Got Rejected — Now What?

After months (perhaps years) of devoting yourself to writing your book, you’ve sent it off to an agent or publisher — only to have your manuscript rejected. It’s an awful, humiliating feeling. No doubt you’re questioning, “Was all of that work I did, the hours I sacrificed, the money I poured into writing classes or workshops pointless?” Many published, notable authors have been in the exact same place that you are now. The key to picking yourself up and moving closer toward your goal of publication is in the next steps you take right now. 3 Steps to Rejection Recovery:… Read More

Too often, writers talk themselves out of achieving their dreams — even before they’ve given themselves a fighting chance at success. Here are 5 Common Writer Excuses (And how to combat them)… Read More