Category Archives: Writing Life

How a dog solved writer’s block

Hey Ya Bookcasers!

How is January treating you all? It’s sure been a busy one for me, what with editing, and writing, and work. And…fostering the most adorable golden oldie of a German Shepherd. Not only is she the most wonderful little thing in the world…but she’s also a great tool for busting through writer’s block!

Let me tell you how… Continue reading How a dog solved writer’s block

2018 – Where do we go from here?

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Happy New Year and welcome to 2018 my dear friends and YA Bookcasers!

I’m sure we can all agree that 2017 was a big learning curve for us all, regardless of country/culture/color/creed/etc., yes? What we learned will depend on our own individual stories.  And that’s what makes our world have hope and beauty in it – people progressing through their own stories and building, piece by piece, a new narrative into their lives. And I’d like to talk about where we go from here… Continue reading 2018 – Where do we go from here?

Happy holidays!

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Hi YA Bookcasers!

Happy holidays to everyone who celebrates at this time of year, and happy days to those who don’t.

I’d like to touch on something I think a lot of writers don’t do: give themselves a break. We can be so busy beating ourselves up about what we’ve not achieved that we forget to celebrate what we have achieved. And if we think we’ve achieved nothing? We’ve written. We’ve plotted. Created. But more than that… Continue reading Happy holidays!

Confident writing

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Hey YA Bookcasers,

We all know how anxiety-ridden the world of writing can be. As soon as you shove your work out into the query trenches, on sub, upload to self-publish, send to Betas or critique partners, you’re basically throwing a piece of yourself out there to be either accepted or rejected. But guess what? That’s okay. You know why? Continue reading Confident writing

What does magic bring to our lives?

I was reading the other day (The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye, which I recommend), and it got me thinking about magic. There is some wonderful magic used in this book, as well as others I’ve read recently, such as Stephanie Garber’s Caraval. And of course, we can’t forget the mega-series Harry Potter. But what is it that magic brings to our lives? Continue reading What does magic bring to our lives?

Writing & Bullying

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I want to talk about something very close to my heart today: writing and bullying. As an author, scriptwriter, Pitch Wars mentor, and editor, there is one thing I see that I am thoroughly against: bullying of both writers and others. I’m making this post so I can reach out to anyone who is being harassed and let them know they have an ally in their corner. If you are being bullied, or know someone who is, please reach out, and I’ll give you any support I can. In the meantime, here are some tips to help you… Continue reading Writing & Bullying

Writing – keeping your head above water

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All right, so in the throes of Pitch Wars and the constant rush that is publishing, I wanted to throw out a few tips about how I keep my head above water when it comes to dealing with all things writing when things seem really tough. Whether it’s a new ms stressing you out, query letters, submissions, a bad review, a disappointing edit, it’s all the same thing: we need to keep swimming. So here are my top five tips: Continue reading Writing – keeping your head above water