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

How to Let Your Travels Help Your Writing

The notion of writing while traveling is a beautiful thing. Picture it: You’re writing your novel. But, instead of toiling away at your cluttered writing desk as usual, you’re on a beach on Maui, ocean breezes wafting over you as you ponder your draft over a piña colada. But, in reality, writing while traveling isn’t always as lovely. While a new adventure can be an excellent way to stimulate your writing mind and enrich your writing life, finding time to focus amid lost luggage,  jet lag and must-see sights can be frustrating. Consider these tips below, from someone who’s been there. 3 ways to let your travels help your writing:… Read More

Find Support In Your Writing

If you’re a writer who has support of your writing goals from friends and family, you’re one of the lucky ones. Be sure to make sure your supporters know how appreciative you are. Sadly, many aspiring authors aren’t so lucky. They don’t have the support of loved ones. There are those who view book writing, or the dream of becoming a published author, as a hobby instead of a true path in life. Not having the support you need from others can totally derail an aspiring author’s chances at success. Do you ever feel that your loved ones don’t fully support your passion to write — or don’t even understand it? Here are 3 steps to finding the support you need for your writing:… Read More