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, 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

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