Category Archives: 2018

Writing with an open mind

Hi Ya Bookcasers,

It’s funny how life can throw you curve balls, isn’t it? You’re just living your life, doing your own thing, and then boom…life jolts in another direction. I had a minor version of this lately: my wedding ceremony venue fell through and now we have a 5 month rush to find our next place. My instant thought was panic-ridden. However, after a week or two of deliberating, my partner and I decided to open our minds and look at alternative styles of weddings. This in turn made me thinking about my writing life and books. Did I really write with an open mind, or have I just been writing in the same old rut? Let’s see… Continue reading Writing with an open mind

My favorite book covers…

Hi Ya Bookcasers! I hope that May is treating you well! Today, I want to share with you my favorite five book covers! These are from no particular years; they’re just the ones I like. What are your favorites? Continue reading My favorite book covers…

Life outside the writing

Hi YA Bookcasers,

In April, I was on a little blogging hiatus. For all the great reasons – flying to the UK for my dad’s 70th birthday (we all chipped in and he’s flying to Vienna to see his favorite singer perform!). Buying my wedding dress (it wasn’t quite the one I thought I’d get (close though), but I fell in love…then I discovered it was on 70% sale! What a piece of luck!). Brainstorming my new W.I.P, spending time with my amazing family, and catching up on the non-writing parts of life. And that’s what I’d like to talk about today…life outside of writing, for both you and me. So let’s get started. Continue reading Life outside the writing

Big story ideas & what to do with them

Hey YABookcasers!

Today, I’d like to look at big story ideas. You know, the ones that you think of and think of and think of…but don’t write. That cool, awesome big story that has an amazing world, dynamic characters, a killer plot, but yet, you’re still not putting fingers to keyboard. So why not? Continue reading Big story ideas & what to do with them

Reviving an old story

Hey YABookcasers!

Have you ever had an old story idea that you absolutely love, but can’t quite get the gumption to work on? You love the concept and characters, but something is blocking your progress. Or perhaps you wrote it a long time ago, and now you’re looking at it as this mammoth task of rewriting that needs to be done. Well, never fear, many of us have been there. That’s why, today, I’d like to talk about reviving an old story! Continue reading Reviving an old story

Creative processes – which one is best?

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Another day, another question about the creative arts. However, it’s actually not that simple, because I’m not just talking about the creative arts. With the passing of the magnificent, unrivaled Stephen Hawkings, it made me want to reaffirm a strong belief of mine: there is a creative process to everything – science, technology, art, writing, business, workmanship, life. Continue reading Creative processes – which one is best?

Where did all the good ideas go?

Hi YABookcasers,

I’ve been talking to some friends lately, and it seems many of them have hit a writerly slump throughout the years (myself included!). I’m not talking about writer’s block. The question that’s got my attention is “Where did all the good ideas go?” Continue reading Where did all the good ideas go?

3 reasons you should read these books…

Hi YABookcasers!

First of all, if you’ve not been to my site before, you might have received a popup asking if you’d like to join my newsletter. I hope you do, as there will be lots of goodies and a secret members only forum! If you didn’t receive the popup because you’ve been before, pop me a message and I’ll fix you up.

Okay, with that said, today I’ve picked out three books and given you 3 reasons why I think you should read each… Continue reading 3 reasons you should read these books…

Writers & Imposter Syndrome

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A lot of writers have said to me that they feel they’re impostors when writing, and that they’re really not cut out for the publishing industry. Somehow, they feel like their work is lesser, that there are other “real” authors out there, and they’re not one of them. Today, I’d like to talk a little about why writers (and many more of us) struggle so much with Impostor Syndrome… Continue reading Writers & Imposter Syndrome