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Writing

How I Set the Mood for a Good Writing Session

I literally write something everyday. Some of it doesn’t take a lot of thought: like journaling, writing letters or inking my plans for the week into my planner. Then there’s the writing that takes a lot out of me. Even though these assignments are my passion and calling in life they pull a lot of creative energy from and I need to focus to produce something of quality.

Lately I’ve been approached by people who don’t profess themselves to be ” writers” and they ask stuff like…

“How do you just come up with ideas like that?”
“How do you keep from getting distracted?”
“How do you do it?!”

Before I get to any kind of work I always set a certain mood to get my creative juices going. I keep these methods going and don’t change simply because it works for me. Continue Reading

Questions_for)Book_Editor
Writing

What to Ask Before Hiring an Editor

If you’re working on a book you’ll need an editor at some point. I know it’s tempting to save money by editing the book yourself but that’s such a bad idea. Your opinion of the book will be biased and your analysis of the book won’t be objective. But finding an editor that you’re comfortable with can be a challenge.

If you need an editor you probably will have more than enough things to ask! But for starters, here are 4 questions to ask before hiring them that will go a long way. Continue Reading

Business Tips, Communications

How to Write a Bio People Want to Read

We all need biography at some point. If you’re in business, if you do performing arts….even when you die people will want to read your story. You should know yourself better than anyone else but it can be hard to take everything and condense it into a snapshot.

I’ve written bios for myself and clients too and want to share some tips that should help get you going. Continue Reading

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Personal

April 2016 Goals

I actually completed my goals for March, woo hoo! Now it’s time to set the bar a little higher.

More collaborations. I’ve had some great opportunities to use my writing in partnership with brands and publications. There are more in the works right now, but no juicy details until everything has been finalized. I’m all about mutual partnerships. If there’s a way for everyone to win, let’s do it!

Make an extra $600. It’s not a whole lot of money but it’s a start. I have debts to get rid of and I’m willing to go into overdrive this month to help make it happen. There won’t be much time for fun. But sacrifices pay off!

Find a nice set of bar stools. Instead of getting a dining room set I decided to make my breakfast bar the sole eating area. The only problem is I STILL haven’t found any affordable stools that I like. As of now I’m still eating on my couch or at my desk. The search continues…

Write my book ending. I’ve been working on a particular novel for quite some time and it’s about time to close the story out. I’ve found it challenging to close out something that’s been a part of me for so long but I’m going to do it!

Well there you have it.

Do you have any big plans this month? Do you find it challenging to come up with a realistic plan of action?

Until next time…
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Paperback_vs_eBook
Business Tips, Communications

Paperback vs. eBook: Which is Better?

Paper. I’m biased. I mean, the photo gives that away, right?

Seriously though…

NaNoWriMo is quickly approaching next week! If you have a book idea it’s a great way to build community and stay on track with your writing. Unsure what NaNoWriMo is? You can get more information here.

I’m working on a book of my own and started research on whether to release an eBook or going with traditional printing. Even though the world is crazy digital, printed book sales still trump electronic versions. Whew that was good news! Because for me, some things cannot be replaced. One of those things is physically cracking open a book to read.

Here are five of many reasons that your future readers will continue to choose a printed book over an electronic version. Continue Reading

NaNoWriMo
Communications, Personal

#NaNoWriMo

I bet you didn’t know that I was writing a book, did you? Well if you follow me on Instagram, maybe you did.

I won’t even say how long I’ve been working on it, because I’m embarrassed. Yup, it’s been that long.

Cue National Novel Writing Month or #NaNoWriMo for short.
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