Inside the Mind of a Writer

Imagine If We Could Rewrite Life

Every author will tell you that characters don’t always do what we had planned for them. And stories don’t always stick to the plot points in our outlines. (The nerve of them! Right?) But that’s fiction. In real life, we can plan better. Prepare. Have each and every minute step mapped out in fine detail,… Continue reading Imagine If We Could Rewrite Life

Inside the Mind of a Writer

Who Says Dreams Don’t Come True?

Shhh . . . and don't you dare pinch me. I'm not ready to wake up. I am having the most amazing dream . . . so much better than the one I’ve been having for years. You remember that one? I’m sure I’ve told you about it before—the one where I become a published author and share my… Continue reading Who Says Dreams Don’t Come True?

Inside the Mind of a Writer, Messages from CJ's desk

Who’s Afraid of the Big Blank Page

We've all been there before. Whether writing a novel, a report, a blog post, or a menu for the week when you don’t feel like cooking. You find yourself staring at the dreaded blank page. The one that’s supposed to capture your brilliant thoughts and ideas as they flow from your fingertips. The curser sits… Continue reading Who’s Afraid of the Big Blank Page

Inside the Mind of a Writer

A New Year, New Goals, and a New Plan of Attack

Happy New Year! . . . and good riddance to 2015. Yeah, I know I’m a week late. I have a really good excuse though! I've been busy writing. I never make New Year resolutions—those things most people toss around casually with no real intention of following through on. Anyone can throw out a general statement: This year I’m… Continue reading A New Year, New Goals, and a New Plan of Attack

Inside the Mind of a Writer

2015: The Year of Lessons Learned…and the End of the Foolish Dreamer

  I started my blog about six months ago. Since then, I’ve written several posts that talk about my dream of becoming an author. I even wrote a post solely devoted to the idea. (Chasing A Dream) But here’s the thing I’ve come to realize about dreams: most times they’re unrealistic fantasies, things we wish… Continue reading 2015: The Year of Lessons Learned…and the End of the Foolish Dreamer

Inside the Mind of a Writer

You Need to Build an Author Platform

  Every writer has heard this phrase. We know it’s a crucial part of our career, whether we choose the indie or traditional publishing route. But what does it really mean? I could tell you to go ask my good friend, Google. He knows everything and can point you to tons of books, blogs, videos,… Continue reading You Need to Build an Author Platform