Writer’s Block, the Inner Critic, and Limiting Beliefs

If You Want to Go Nowhere in Life Then Never Change Your Belief Systems

Human beings react to most new ideas with skepticism.

I read that statement and became instantly indignant. No, we do not!  I spluttered inside my own head. Or at least, I don’t. That’s a bunch of bullshit!  And then I caught myself. Wasn’t I, in fact, reacting with skepticism to this  new idea that had just been dropped in my lap? Yes, I had to admit it. This new idea did not flatter me, and it did not paint the prospect of me being part of a reasonable species in a hopeful light. So, I didn’t like it. And my ego immediately set about finding ways and means to shut it down, freeze it out, and bury it so deep I would forget that stupid old idea had ever even existed.

Belief systems can be a bitch, that’s for sure. Continue Reading

Marketing for Writers Who Hate Marketing

What Self-Pubbing Authors Need to Know about Getting the Best Book Cover

Rainbow PolaroidStudies have proven again and again that humans make purchasing decisions based on emotional factors. This probably happens most frequently in the glittering online jungle known as Amazon.com. I read recently that Amazon is the only search engine people use with the mouse in one hand, and a credit card in the other. For me, a regular Amazon customer, I don’t even need my credit card. The site has my payment information recorded and it’s as simple as one click to send a new book to my Kindle.

If you’re a writer, and a reader, I know this is true for you too.

Emotional decision making + split-second purchasing power =

You better have a damn good book cover. Continue Reading

Introverts, INFJs, and INFPs

Dark Forest: Deception as Part of the Writer’s Personality

A few years ago I was sitting at a café with a friend when another guy walked up and started talking to us. My friend knew him and conversed with him for several minutes. When the guy walked away I asked, “Who was that?”

My friend’s reply: “Oh, just a writer.”

I sat there stunned for a second or two, not sure why I was feeling what I was feeling. Finally, I blurted out, “What do you mean just ? Why did you say it like that?” I was slightly hurt and a little bit angry and I had no idea why. My friend looked at me, confused. He considered my questions and then asked me, “What does ‘writer’ mean to you?” Continue Reading

Why You Should Have a Writing Coach

Have a NaNoWriMo Manuscript Stashed Away Somewhere? This Article Is for YOU.

Do you remember last November? Do you miss that heady rush of racing through thousands of words each day, and the thrill of seeing the page count rise as you chased down the dream? Did you fall in love with your main character? Were you filled with triumph—or crestfallen—around Thanksgiving when it became glaringly apparent that you only had a few days left to win the challenge?

If you’re a writer then you already know I’m talking about NaNoWriMo. And if you completed the challenge then I’m willing to bet that you have that sloppy first draft manuscript shoved away in a drawer somewhere. You said you were going to get to it, clean it up and edit it and really make something out of it because you know it has promise…but somehow the days slipped away and now here we are at the end of March and you still haven’t touched it. Continue Reading