Ideas are Everywhere


  I’m often asked how I come up with my ideas. Good question. Sometimes I sit down and try to conjure up the most awesome idea. Half an hour of concentrated brainstorming usually doesn’t get…

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Confessions of a Multi-tasker


Winter passed, spring is well underway and I wonder. What have I accomplished? I’m at least two months behind on most of my major goals. Sure, a lot can be explained by unplanned travel for…

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Dangers of Birds Overhead


World Building from the Inside Out, Part 2 Last week we looked at the first question from Janeen Ippolito’s world building blog. This week’s question about my main character is a great one: A bird…

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Avoiding the Shiny Object Syndrome: Two Lessons for the New Year


This is the time of year when I fall prey to Shiny Object Syndrome, otherwise known as a complete inability to stick to my plan. Here’s how it happens. I review last year’s progress (or…

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Indie Authors, Please: Get an Editor


Indie authors have an uphill fight to get their books noticed. Not only is the market crowded, and competition fierce, but a stigma still clings to self-published or independently published works as being second class….

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More Done, Less Time: 3 Tips for Managing Time


Clichés abound like the snow in Wisconsin: Not enough hours in the day. Time whirling past, like a speeding train. Rat race. Everyone, it seems, is commenting, complaining or bemoaning the fact that life is…

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Pros and Cons of Multiple Projects


Pros and cons of working on multiple projects “What are you writing?” That’s a hard question to answer. These days, I have three major projects going, not to mention a bunch of shorter ones in…

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What I Learned from NaNo: Week 1


I thought I was crazy to attempt NaNo this year. So far, I was wrong. Instead, I’ve learned a lot about writing, how I write, and the excuses I make for not writing. First, I…

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Seven Great Writing Blog Posts


Life sometimes gets in the way of things we are trying to achieve. For me, the last few weeks have been spent waiting on my husband as he hobbles around on crutches after bunion surgery,…

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No Time to Write?


What if I don’t have time to write? I often ask myself. Visions of unfinished projects left unwritten swirl in my head, along with myriads of marketing strategies I’ve started and forgotten about. When life…

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