Writing Advice

The Curse of the First-Time Author: Ugly Drafts

Has this ever happened to you? You’re a first-time author with an idea for a story, a book, an article, a blog post, and in your head it sounds perfect. All your ideas come to you with lightning speed. You’ve really hit on something! Not wanting to let the idea get cold, you rush to type the brilliant sentences filling your brain. You write and write, only to discover that what came out on the page is awful — truly horrible — something a third grader would be ashamed of. So what happened between the brilliant idea in your head and the clunky prose laying like road kill on your page?… Read More

5 Steps to Clutter-Free Writing

Are you a word hoarder? Recently I’ve become hooked on reality shows such as Hoarders and Peter Walsh’s Enough Already. Now, I’m not a hoarder and though I am constantly battling clutter (aren’t all writers?) it has never reached epic proportions. But, writers often hoard their words, cluttering up their prose with verbiage that either doesn’t serve their story or message, or that actually detracts from their writing. Telling them to let go of their words is like telling a hoarder that she really doesn’t need the fondue pot “just in case.” So how do you stop yourself from becoming the literary equivalent of a crazy cat lady? 5 steps to clear clutter from your writing… Read More

5 Ways to Make Time to Write

Often what stops up the first-time author from getting published is the simple fact that he has not had time to write his book. We all lead such crazy, busy lives these days it’s a wonder anyone can actually find the time to pursue his or her passion. So where do you actually find the time to write? Notice, the title of this blog is making time to write⎯not finding time to write. And that’s the key. You will never find the time. Time will always be elusive, and that which screams the loudest will command your attention. The key to fitting writing into your life is to make it a priority of your life. 5 ways to make time to write… Read More