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April 5, 2017

"Let us forgive ourselves for writing poems that aren't better than every other poem that has ever been written." - Dean Young, The Art of Recklessness

As writers and poets, we must read. If we do not read, we will be horrible writers. This is nearly a universal truth,...

August 6, 2015

"Write even when the world is chaotic. You don't need a cigarette, silence, music, a comfortable chair, or inner peace to write. You just need ten minutes and a writing implement."

If you look online for writing advice, quotes, or sayings, you will find many like this...

September 23, 2014

You have a solid premise and a compelling concept. Your characters are strong, likeable, and multifaceted. Your plot is engaging and well paced. Yet, you're still not selling your book and/or engaging readers. Why?

You're cheating, and your readers can feel it. 

You ma...

July 25, 2014

I had a wonderful time yesterday talking with Dr. Jeanette Gallagher on BlogTalkRadio about living well with migraines and my book, "Finding Happiness with Migraines: A Do It Yourself Guide." 

A few things we discussed:

  • Pharmaceuticals

  • Supplements

  • Genetic...

May 27, 2014

Most writers hate marketing. We don't like promotions. We hate cold calling and networking, and most of us find our author bios to be the hardest things we've ever written. In short, we're not salespeople.

But, in today's world, if you want to sell your book, you're g...

May 20, 2014

You’ve spent weeks, months, even years drafting and revising your work. You’ve researched agents, editors, contests, and publishing houses. You’ve read their recent winners and recently published authors. You think you’re done, that you’re ready to submit.

Hold on. No...

May 13, 2014

One of my favorite author quotes has long been from Elmore Leonard, “I try to leave out the parts that people skip.” Ernest Hemingway meant something similar when he talked about good stories being like icebergs: “If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writ...

April 7, 2014

I’ve finally done it, that thing I kept talking about, over and over, for the past nine months. And guess what? It feels great! I’m more productive, less anxious about deadlines, and more at peace with myself. In fact, it’s been going so great, I can’t believe I didn’t...

October 23, 2013

My son turned one this month. He is walking, running, pointing, gesturing, saying words like “come” and “sister,” laughing, playing jokes, and learning about boundaries – his own and those of other people. He is not, however, sleeping through the night.

In fact, after 4...

August 2, 2013

My life revolves around a schedule. It isn’t because I want one. (I’m not a natural planner, and I chafe under rigidity and obligation.) It’s because I need one.

With an unpredictable chronic illness, an ever-changing infant on the cusp of toddlerhood, and a sweet-but-s...

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