I get asked this by writers all the time, who want me to tell them if their writing is good enough.
I get it. Every word you write is a piece of you left on the page and you want it to be the best it can be. And I want to help! Want to skip the learning curve? Grab this free workshop replay, where I share my best tips to “Fix that Manuscript!” Get the Workshop by clicking below!
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I gave this workshop at When Words Collide writers’ festival 2020 Covid edition. Writers’ events are an amazing way to meet other writers and get great tips. I met my first publisher, my publicist and my agent through connections made at this festival. And now I’m a regular presenter and so grateful!
For 2021 only, When Words Collide will be online and FREE, so you can get access to over 100 writing workshops, no matter where you live. Registration just opened up for this August 2021 festival. Grab your FREE seat HERE, and I’ll see you there!
I get asked a lot where I get my inspiration and ideas for stories. If you’re just getting started on your writing journey, you might be wondering where your inspiration will come from. If you’ve been writing for a while, maybe you have more ideas than you could ever write about in your lifetime.
Inspiration is about so much more than coming up with a plot for your book. In this week’s 6 minute Inspired Writing episode, I talk about how tapping into your own inspiration could be the key to making your story the one that only you can write, and that your readers will love. If you’re not doing this, your writing might sound like everything else out there.
How do you know when your book is ready for readers? I meet writers all the time who hope that their first drafts are ready, and are disappointed to find out that they aren’t. I also meet writers who get bogged down in the revision process and are terrified to let anyone read it.
You could revise your book for months or years, making it incrementally better each time, but where do you stop?
In this week’s Episode of Inspired Writing, I outline 4 steps you should complete before sending your book to readers. Follow these and you’ll KNOW it’s ready.
“I just can’t wait for my editor to point out everything that’s wrong in my book!” …said no writer, ever.
Have you ever held your breath when sending a manuscript out for edits, hoping that it would come back with a gold star on top, and no red ink? I have. In fact, when I first started writing, I saw corrections and suggestions as a sign of failure. That my writing wasn’t good enough.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Now, if I got a manuscript back from an editor who told me my writing looked great, I would be looking for a new editor, ASAP. Even though I’ve written several books already, and I’m a trained Book Coach and Editor. Because with every book I write, I push myself to make the writing stronger. To make my next book better. And there’s always something that can be improved, always another perspective to consider.
And I now know that can’t I possibly see everything that could be stronger in my own writing. I welcome feedback.
A good editor is a trusted partner in your writing process. If you’ve ever been nervous to share your writing with an editor, I made this week’s Inspired Writing episode for you – Tips for Accepting Editor Feedback. In this short video, I run through my top three ways to make the most of the feedback you get, so that your book will be the best it can be.
PS: Don’t miss my FREE Writing Masterclass in February, 2021 where I’ll share the top three issues most writers have with their manuscripts, and how to fix them! Register for a time that suits you best here
If you’ve ever watched a movie about a struggling writer, you’ve heard of writer’s block. It’s that nasty plague that chases your muse away, right? But is this something that happens to actual writers?
I’ve spoken with hundreds of writers on their productivity, and I’m going to say yes… and no.
Broken down, Writer’s Block is the simple act of time passing and writing not getting done. And to be clear, that happens to most, if not all writers at some point, so if it’s happening to you, you’re not alone.
But there are many reasons this might be happening and figuring out what kind of Writer’s Block you’re experiencing is the key to resolving it and getting back to the good work of writing.
If you’re not writing as much as you want to be, I made this week’s Inspired Writing episode for you. In this week’s 10 minute video tip, I describe the 4 most common reasons I see as a Book Coach that writers aren’t writing, and give 6 strategies to break free and let your creative juices flow again.
If there’s one thing I’m known for by my friends and colleagues, it’s killing whatever writing and business goals I set for myself. In this week’s Inspired Writing episode (the first of 2021!), I want to share with you the three areas I focus on that help me move my writing forward every day.
2020 was the most challenging year yet for many of us. In March, I watched helplessly as my full roster of speaking engagements evaporated and my event appearances were canceled. I hunkered down and adapted my home office to accommodate my husband and three kids for work and online learning. I took some time to reflect on where I was going. I took a deep breath and set goals in my three focus areas. I trusted in the process I’d enacted many times before and I showed up every day with intention. I defined not only WHAT I wanted to achieve, but HOW and WHY as well. These three areas are especially important when setting creative goals and I’ll walk you through how to define your own goals to make the biggest impact you can on your writing life.
Through the remainder of 2020, I completed my Advanced Book Coaching Certification from Author Accelerator, grew my Book Coaching practice, started this weekly Vlog to help others with their writing lives and still managed to get a new book on submission. Phew! In December, I hired my first two part time employees to support my growing business.
At the start of 2020, I couldn’t have imagined where this year would take me, but I’m pumped for 2021 and super excited to share my goal setting process with you, which I’ve honed over two decades as a business executive before starting my own business doing all things writing. Get my goal setting strategy <<HERE>>
No matter where you are on your writing journey, I’m here to support you. I can’t wait to hear all about your 2021 writing goals and supporting everything you want to achieve this year. Drop me a line and let me know what you’re hoping for. I’m cheering you on!
Finding a great partnership with an editor is the single best thing you can do for your writing to make sure the book you’ve created is exactly what you hoped it would be. A trained editor can help you see your book from a reader’s perspective and help make your writing stronger.
As in many professions, there good editors out there and some not so good. And a perfect fit for one writer might not be for the next. So, how do you make sure you get what you need from your investment?
In this week’s Inspired Writing Episode, I share with you 5 simple things that you, the writer, can do before hiring an editor to get the most out of your experience and make your book shine.
I recently earned my Advanced Book Coaching Certification from Jennie Nash’s Author Accelerator, and I was sooo excited to shout it from the roof tops! WOOOHOOO!! It took me eight months to get through all the materials, work with practicum clients, and complete the certification process.
And then the questions started flooding in. What the Heck is Book Coach? People asked… so I made a video to explain!
If you’ve been curious about what a Book Coach really does, think you might need one, or you might be interested in doing this job yourself, then I made this week’s Inspired Writing Episode for YOU! In it, I talk specifics about what a book coach does, let you in on what I went through for the certification process, and let you know how you can get involved.
When I launched this Inspired Writing vlog, I asked writers – if I could give you one thing that would help with writing and your writing life, what would it be? The number one thing you told me was TIME! So, I scratched my head to figure out how to give you more time. Impossible without Hermione’s time turner, right? WRONG!
I put my thinking cap on and looked at my own life. I write books, support the books I already have published with appearances and marketing, speak and teach (online these days!), edit, and am building a Book Coaching business, all while leading a busy, happy life with my hubby and 3 kids. So, how do I do it?
In this episode, I’ll tell you just how long I’ve been working on efficiency, and share my 8 Time Hacks for Busy Writers downloadable guide, so that you can try out some of my wacky ideas for yourself. Hint: My hacks aren’t the typical writing advice.