Let me tell you about a dirty little habit that millions indulge but nobody talks about: It's epidemic among writers! We look up other writers' birthdays and compare them to the copyright date of their first book and add or subtract the number of years from our own age and proceed to drive ourselves crazy.…Read more Feeling Behind on your Writing? 4 Steps to Sync Up for the New Year
Sure, writers should have the ability to be objective and even critical, however when our clever editorial skills take on a life of their own, it makes the creative process miserable. We've all experienced flare ups of the inner critic. Symptoms include: Work slows down as you write and erase, write and erase. You feel…Read more The Ultimate Antidote for Your Inner Critic
Recently I had the time and energy for a serious writing streak, and it got me thinking about inspiration. What does it feel like? How can we keep it going? What is it made of? Of course this topic has been written about at length, but when I started to reflect on the feeling, it…Read more Can Meditation Increase Inspiration?
If you want your story or essay to stand out in a crowded market, these are literary concepts that will transform your writing by maximizing depth and power. These are the real game changers. They captivated people in Ancient Greece, and they've been mastered by Hollywood, but they are also the mark of great literary…Read more 3 Literary Game Changers that will Enhance Your Writing
Now that you've sparked your story it's time to catch fire. That's right, it's time to create characters and bring them to life. Most literary writers say that you must begin with character, character, character, because all stories revolve around compelling characters, so if you want to write great fiction start with great characters. But what does…Read more Characters Come Alive
Problems and desires are catalysts for everything great that is ever created. They set our normal life off balance and send us tumbling toward the next big thing. The first guy to light a fire had them. They were hidden in the sparks. If you are far from home, chances are it’s because of a…Read more Problem and Desire: The First Spark
You've taken a risk. You're brave enough to get out into the world and away from your family and friends. You're going to live and work abroad as an expatriate writer. I know it and you know it. The fact is that you are embarking on an extremely meaningful life. Except that when you finally get a chance…Read more Brain Training for Expatriate Writers
Have you ever been asked how you accomplished something and answered, "I don´t know, it must have been luck!" I haven't. Why? Because every time I've accomplished anything I've put in the hours, dealt with rejection, re-strategized and put in more hours before crossing the finish line. And if I had to, I´d do it…Read more Why Tortoise Beats Hare: The Advantages of Gradual Success