How to Thank Your Readers Without Living to Please Them

This is kind of a sore subject for writers, I know. I feel it nagging just beneath my skin myself when I get a comment from someone about something they “didn’t like”. We put so much of ourselves into our work – so much energy, focus, love, frustration, and force – that it’s hard not to take… Read More

Whose Story Is It, Really? (Using POV When Writing About Your Protagonist)

Today, I want to talk about narrative Point of View (POV), which is something I’ve been addressing with a few of my clients this week. Maintaining a consistent POV throughout a piece is incredibly important. Not only does it keep the story flowing as a whole, but it also serves to connect us to the… Read More

Self-Editing Tip #6: Formatting Before You Write

I’m sure this sounds like a ridiculous premise, that the formatting does not affect your writing at all, and that’s true. However, as an editor as well as an author, I can’t express how helpful proper formatting has been for me. As an author, the formatting of a fresh document before I ever start writing let’s… Read More

What Made You Decide To Be A Writer?

One of my clients, who has now become someone I like to think of as a friend, asked me this question when we were chatting online. “What made you become a writer?”  This, I’ve found, is a topic that comes up a lot in writing groups across the social media board. So I thought it… Read More

My DeLorean is a Sushi Restaurant

This weekend my husband and I decided to take a little detour into Truckee, a mountain town down the highway from where we live, to try out a new sushi restaurant that our friends had highly recommended. With a name like ‘Drunken Monkey’, we knew that it had to be good. So we sat outside… Read More