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Authenticity and the Discomfort of Vulnerability

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 | 0 comments

Authenticity and the Discomfort of Vulnerability

It’s taken me a while to finally sit down and write this blog today. This has become a common theme for me lately–always, really, but especially lately–this procrastination and dread around writing, whether it be blogs or my fiction. Procrastination is something I’m not yet graceful in dealing with as someone who has goals, deadlines, and commitments I’ve made to myself. It’s uncomfortable to watch the time tick by and frustrating as I fight the internal...

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The Secret to Writing Joyfully

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 | 0 comments

The Secret to Writing Joyfully

This past weekend has been a very exciting weekend for me. On Saturday, I was informed by my dear friend, Aimie Runyan, that she was able to add my upcoming debut novel, PERFECTLY UNDONE, to her “read” list on Goodreads. Just having someone excited to add my book to their collection was heartwarming enough, but what really got me was… I HADN’T KNOWN MY BOOK WAS ON GOODREADS ALREADY. I’ve been a Goodreads member for I don’t even know how long, so being a...

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Writers, We Are The Lucky Ones

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 | 2 comments

Writers, We Are The Lucky Ones

Last month I shared a lot about the struggles I’ve been having in cultivating this writing career of mine. I think we’ve all been told many, many times from writers who are further along in the process that it never gets easier, and so far that has proven to be true for me. (If it ever does get easier, I promise you’ll be the first ones I share the secrets with!) There are so many battles to fight and demons to face in living as a writer (let a lone being successful as one)...

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3 Soul-Tending Tips for Making Writing a Bigger Priority in Your Day

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 | 4 comments

3 Soul-Tending Tips for Making Writing a Bigger Priority in Your Day

Have you been following along this month of looking at a different kind of productivity and working more with your values and life’s mission in mind? It’s a big task, looking deep inside yourself to figure out what’s important to you, what your purpose is, and what you want to be remembered for. I don’t ask you these things lightly, but I ask them because in order to make the most of the time you have on this earth, they need to be answered. Can we simply open our...

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The Importance of Knowing Your Priorities and Sticking to Them

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 | 0 comments

The Importance of Knowing Your Priorities and Sticking to Them

Last week, I talked about how last year burned me out big time, and how I made the resolution in 2017 to slow down and get focused on what’s important to me. Let me start by saying that, if you know me at all, you know that doesn’t mean for a second that my goals have gotten smaller. I don’t think that in order to make big strides in your writing career, or in anything else, that you have to give up your sanity, your health, or your relationships. It’s about finding...

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A Different Kind of Writing Productivity

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 | 4 comments

A Different Kind of Writing Productivity

2016 was a mixed bag, wasn’t it? At least, it was for me. On the one hand, I accomplished one of the biggest goals of my life, while on the other hand, it felt like I was emotionally beaten up left and right…and not just by what was pelted at us in the news. At the beginning of the year, I went into it like most other years. I was excited. I had BIG goals. I wanted to land a book contract, I wanted finish the book I was currently writing and a second one, I wanted to teach a...

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Becoming a Story Genius: A Review of Story Genius by Lisa Cron and How It Has Changed the Way I Write Books Forever

Posted on Dec 7, 2016 | 6 comments

Becoming a Story Genius: A Review of Story Genius by Lisa Cron and How It Has Changed the Way I Write Books Forever

If you’re a part of the writing community, no doubt you’ve heard about Story Genius by Lisa Cron. Probably multiple times. You may have even been beaten over the head with it. For me, it has come up in conversation at least several times a week in every writing community I’m a part of since its release! (Maybe it’s me beating you over the head with it. It’s pretty much become my answer to all life’s problems. Ha!) If you haven’t heard of it, Story...

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NaNoWriMo Pep Talk

Posted on Nov 16, 2016 | 0 comments

NaNoWriMo Pep Talk

This year, I’m participating in my 8th National Novel Writing Month, and if you follow me on Facebook, you may already know what a NaNoWriMo fanatic I am. This year, I was incredibly honored to be asked to write a Pep Talk for my local region and I thought I’d share it here too for those who might need a little extra inspiration as we cross over into the second half of the month. I know the shine and excitement is wearing off by this point, but don’t give up! Just around the...

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From Agent to Publisher: My Story (Part 2)

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 | 0 comments

From Agent to Publisher: My Story (Part 2)

In my last post, I shared the first half of my story in the time that passed between signing with my agent and signing with my publisher. It was really encouraging to get such supportive feedback from others who are struggling or have struggled similarly. Even though the story has a happy ending, it was a tough period of my life and career and it’s always heartening to hear that others empathize–even now. It was the writing community that kept me going and always has! On that note,...

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From Agent to Publisher: My Story (Part 1)

Posted on Oct 12, 2016 | 4 comments

From Agent to Publisher: My Story (Part 1)

Wow–in preparation for writing this post, I looked back to see how long it’s been since I wrote My Journey to Getting an Agent, or “The Call.” 2 1/2 years! That’s crazy! On the one hand, it feels like that was forever ago, but on the other hand, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. It’s certainly been a busy couple of years with lots of editing and submissions, close calls along the way, and yes, a pretty fairytale ending, if I do say so...

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