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A message from the other side of mother guilt

In the Acknowledgments section of my first novel I thank a woman named Lois who, more than any agent or editor or publisher, made that book possible. You see, when my eldest started kindergarten, she offered to have my youngest at her house one morning each week so that I could write. Gramma Lois did this for years. “Just thank me in the acknowledgments when your book comes out,” she’d say. And then, at the launch, she was right there… Read More »A message from the other side of mother guilt

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6 Reasons To Keep Your Day Job

Once I was on a panel with four other writers in front of a large audience. The event moved the the Q&A segment, and, as writers do, we all held our breath. This next part could go in any direction at all. The first question was this: Do you write full time, or do you still do other work? It’s an uncomfortable experience to pass the mic down the line, writer to writer, and answer for your success based on… Read More »6 Reasons To Keep Your Day Job

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Fictional Empty Nest

I recently completed a round of novel edits so substantial that I practically rewrote the manuscript from scratch. It took way longer and was way harder than I expected. Those last few weeks, as each day blended into the next, I couldn’t wait to be done. I imagined the relief, the satisfaction, the freedom that would come once I sent this round off to my editor. Anything that comes next with this book will be easier than this round of… Read More »Fictional Empty Nest

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Math For Authors

[When I first started this blog, I promised to reprise some posts from my earlier blog, just for fun. There’s not much that has changed from when this post was originally written, except that the seven-year-old in question is now seventeen. (And he’s really good at math.) It’s fun to look back at writing from the front lines of parenting. Those of you with younger children might appreciate this excerpt from the trenches. It comes with the promise that it… Read More »Math For Authors

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Do Your Own Work

Most of the time I’m all encouragement and you-go-get-‘em on here. My purpose with this blog is to light a fire under writers and get them working. If you are someone that has a strong desire to tell a story, and if the idea that you might die before you write it keeps you up at night, I hope you’ll dive into these posts and find all the tips, tricks, courage and positivity you need to get started. I will… Read More »Do Your Own Work

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15 Things To Do During Your Writing Time

In one of my earlier blog posts, here,I talked about the importance of scheduling your writing time, whether it’s twenty minutes a day or an hour twice a week. And then I told you the most important rule of writing. Really, the only rule of writing as far as I’m concerned: Show up for yourself. Now What? It is quite possible that now that you’ve carved out the time, you don’t know what to do with it. When you set… Read More »15 Things To Do During Your Writing Time

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The Fine Art of Noticing

First, A Story Every year, a friend of mine organizes a staff Christmas party for her one-person business. She calls it the Company of One Christmas Party, which I think is a brilliant name. The first year she was indeed alone, and she posted a photo of her solo lunch on social media. She talked about what a great time she had, how important it is to celebrate milestones as a solo-preneur, even (or perhaps especially), those milestones that no… Read More »The Fine Art of Noticing

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The Myth of Productivity (Or…Don’t Just Do It)

Just as I was getting ready to write this post about resistance and how I’ve learned to overcome it over the years, I smacked right up against a brand new brick wall around my own work in progress. Funny how that works. When I first started taking my writing seriously, I had one day a week to write. At the time, it felt like a minor miracle. On Fridays, our older son had a full day of kindergarten. We managed… Read More »The Myth of Productivity (Or…Don’t Just Do It)