Energy well spent? The 20/80 rule for Writers

We all only have a finite amount of energy each day. The way we spend it determines how successful we are.   Massive effort = Massive results, right? Not necessarily. If I want to write a book, I have to use my energy writing.  If I want to learn how to publish, how to market,…

Making Outlining Work for Pantsers

If you are a Pantser, meaning you write new things by the seat of your pants, having an outline won’t always work. You may feel after writing one that once you know where the story is going it has lost its spark. Writing becomes dull and scripted. Writing for each step ends up arduous. Yet…

No Motivation?

I have not had any motivation recently to write. I’ve been too busy. Then I heard this: Without incentive, there is no motivation. Duh. How could I be so stupid?! This is why writing contests work and get many entries, but books remain unwritten and unpublished in those same author’s computers. Authors like me.  Without…

W is for Writer’s Block

So you’re writing along and you come to a place where you don’t know what happens next to your characters. You can’t find a solution to the scene. It ends. You close your work and walk away. But nothing comes that day, or the next or the next week. You have a block. There are…

Writing Resolutions

1. Finish what You start I have way too many little starts. Little starts are good. But finishing a story feels soooo good. I also have starts on editing multiple projects. Those need finished. If you have little starts, prompts, a character talking to you in your head, a vivid dream, write it down. Flesh…