Writing Advice

How to Write the Pain

“If the sore spot is not fatal, if it does not grow and block something, you can use its power for many years, until the heart resorbs it.” — Annie Dillard, The Writing Life. We all experience pain and hurt in our lives. We get angry. We get sad. We feel shame, and grief, and guilt, and fear. Often we want to move on, get past it, do anything but talk about it. But these are the exact feelings we need to write. These moments that we don’t want to confront can often bring about our best writing. Negative feelings can hold our most vivid memories. They push us to tell the truth, to finally show instead of tell, to let the stories stand for… Read More

5 Lessons My Cat Taught Me About Writing

Who knew that I could make so many connections between my cat and striving for publishing success as a first-time author? Take a cue from Mozart the Cat and you may find you have what it takes to write a bestseller. 5 unexpected things my cat taught me about writing… Read More

Do You Know How to Write a Novel?

Starting to write a novel is easy. Writers have the spark of an idea, a rush of creativity, and the flush of embarking on a new venture.  But then reality kicks in. They realize that writing a novel is darn hard work. What’s wrong? They don’t know how to write a novel. Here, 5 steps you need to write a great novel:… Read More