Interview with Author Don M. Forst

Today I’m interviewing Don Forst, another client of mine who came to me with his third novel, The Replacement Conspiracy, after having written a super entertaining two-part series: The Reincarnation of Vincent Van Gogh and The Return of Vincent Van Gogh. I loved working with Don, who is also an Expressionist painter, and wanted to share a little bit about his most… Read More

When Life Gets in the Way of Itself

It’s incredibly hard to believe that I haven’t posted anything here for almost two months. That was definitely never intentional, nor do I plan to let that happen again. But, as I’ve come to experience all too recently in the last few months, life tends to get in its own way, and I’d look pretty… Read More

Interview with Author E.C. Jarvis

As I love to do with all my clients, and even Indie Author friends whose books I absolutely adore, I’m bringing you an interview this week with E.C. Jarvis, author of The Blood and Destiny Series and The Consort’s Chronicles Series. Her first book, The Machine: Book one of The Blood and Destiny Series, was… Read More

Being Your Own Boss: You Do All the Work and You Don’t Get Fired

For years, I’d thought I never wanted to work for myself because I didn’t enjoy what all that responsibility looked like. No one to tell me what to do, no motivation not to mess up, putting all my eggs in one basket. Yes, sadly, I thought I preferred the dredges of working somewhere I didn’t particularly… Read More

The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year (late)! It’s 2016, and I’m already amazed by all the things this year has in store, both for me and for all the amazing people I’ve been fortunate enough to get to know in 2015. My husband and I were so lucky to be able to spend the last week of the year… Read More

Whose Story Is it, Really? (Using POV When Writing About Your Supporting Characters)

Last Friday, I talked about the four main types of POV (First Person, Third Person Limited, Second Person, and Third Person Omniscient), which ones are most commonly used, and how important it is to maintain consistency when writing in your protagonist’s POV. Today is about how to maintain the POV consistency when introducing new and… Read More

Self Editing Tip #5: Let’s “Talk” About Punctuation

Today I want to talk about punctuation, specifically in writing dialogue. I feel oddly fortunate that my own education, especially as a Creative Writing major in college, ingrained in me a certain inherent knowledge of how to write dialogue with correct punctuation. I’ve spoken and worked with a surprisingly large handful of other authors who… Read More

The Importance of Giving Yourself A Break

Yes, I have been away from making my three posts a week, but it is for a reason. I went on vacation. The picture above is of “the point” on a piece of land on Edisto Island, South Carolina, that has been in my husband’s family for many generations and hundreds of years. We were… Read More

Baby Steps Lead to Everything

This week’s post theme is ‘Working with Others’, and in keeping with that I wanted to write today about how baby steps lead to everything, and that once you take that first, hardest, scariest step, the rest of what you want just falls right into line. I was pretty scared out of my mind when… Read More

You Don’t Have To Be A Hermit to Be A Writer

Last week I read a large handful of comments from various people on social networking groups, on a few different blogs, and from a journalist, referring to the “independent nature” of writing as an activity. The phrase I saw repeated, more than once, was that “writing is an ego-driven activity”. Honestly, I was pretty shocked to… Read More