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

Like many independent book editors, I usually work alone. But, I do have two secret weapons: my cat, Mozart (who recently inspired another blog post), and my rescued golden retriever, Harpo. I admit, they aren’t always the most helpful of companions, particularly around feeding time. In fact, I used to worry that Harpo — who gobbles anything in reach (including office supplies), leaps on us whenever we enter a room, chases the poor cat, or snatches any shoes left by the door — would be a giant distraction from my work. But, over time, Harpo’s sunny personality proved to be a wonderful source of writing inspiration. Here are 6 things my dog taught me about writing:… Read More

Banish Limiting Beliefs

Are you holding yourself back from success? Do any of these statements sound like you? “I’m not talented enough.” “I’ll never get past the gatekeepers.” “I’m wasting my time.” “It’s really not that important anyway.” In my work over the years with authors of all levels, I’ve heard it all. Writing a book can be an overwhelming task, bringing up all sorts of uncomfortable or negative emotions. But these thoughts are just limiting beliefs — those nagging thoughts preventing us from fully committing to finishing what we started. How do we stop them from interfering with our writing life? Follow these steps to banish your limiting beliefs and regain confidence:… Read More