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May 2014

How to Measure Your Own Magic

Ring the Bells

Why is there such a large gap between setting goals and completing them? Some writers vow to write every day and then give it up before the week is out. Some writers swear that this is the year they finish their novel, and then the novel sits in the drawer for the next two years. We know that we truly want to fulfill these dreams, but still we procrastinate until things feel hopeless. Why is it so hard? Continue Reading

What Is Coaching and Why I Do It

Yoda

You will find only what you bring in.
—Yoda

I think it’s funny that when people contact me in the interest of hiring me, one of the first things they usually ask is: “What does a writing coach actually do anyway?”

What might be stranger still is that the question can only really be answered by the clients themselves. Continue Reading

How to Know If You’re Editing Too Soon

Rainbow Bars

My clients fall across the entire spectrum of writers. I coach people who are writing Memoir, Young Adult, Literary Fiction, Zombie Apocalypse, Paranormal Romance, and everything in between. Almost all of these writers come to me with the same issue. They’ve started their novel but can’t finish it. They don’t know what’s going on or why they’re blocked or what the problem is.

Much of the time these writers are confused. I talked about this in detail in my last post The Number One Reason Writers Give Up. But there is another problem lurking that most writers don’t even think of as a problem. Continue Reading

The Number One Reason Writers Give Up

There are a lot of writers out there who have started writing their novel but never finished it. They tend to beat themselves up for this, believing that the reason they gave up was lack of determination. I’ve worked with enough writers though to know that this is not the case. In fact, I’ve actually never met a writer who lacked determination. Instead, the truth is just a bit more insidious. Continue Reading

The Surprising Truth about Successful Writers

Avenues of the Mind

For those of you who regularly read this blog you might know that I’m into the Myers Briggs personality type stuff. However, I also know that some people really don’t like it. They either consider it a scam, or they’re bored by it, or they don’t want to be categorized by the “type” of personality they are supposed to be.

Regardless of how you personally feel about the system, it does offer an essential human truth from which everyone can benefit: Continue Reading