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

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What Could Possibly Be More Important to a New Author Than Marketing?

Life is an emotional journey. If you’ve read my bio, you already know I believe this. But what exactly does that mean? To me, it means we need to embrace life, feel each moment as we live it. Some of those emotions are wonderful. Some are painful. But we need to experience the bad times in… Continue reading What Could Possibly Be More Important to a New Author Than Marketing?

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?

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Still in the Race . . . A Brief Update for All You Inquiring Minds

I know I've been quiet for a few weeks, but I'm still here. Recently, I’ve heard a lot of authors, some wildly successful, say that the hardest part of writing a book is actually finishing the story. Following their advice, last month I changed my normal writing process and set out to finish writing my… Continue reading Still in the Race . . . A Brief Update for All You Inquiring Minds

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

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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

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The Joy of Christmas Distractions

I love Christmas: the traditions, the decorations, the scents, and the general feeling of cheer that emerges all around. For my family, the holiday season begins with a trip to the tree farm the weekend after Thanksgiving. It’s a tradition we began over twenty years ago, when my sons were toddlers. I have so many… Continue reading The Joy of Christmas Distractions