How to Write a Novel Using Your Intuition

How to Write a Novel Using Your Intuition

I just finished reading The INFJ Writer: Cracking the Creative Genius of the World’s Rarest Type by Lauren Sapala, and not only was I blown away by how much it felt like she was writing about me, but the book really got me thinking about how my intuition comes into play when I’m writing.

You’ve probably heard that there are two types of writers: plotters and pantsers. If you just thought, yeah, I’ve heard this before, I’m out of here—wait! This isn’t going to be your typical plotters versus pantsers post. I believe things aren’t that black and white when it comes to writing a novel and the writer’s intuition plays a big role in the creation of their novel.

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Achieve Your 2019 New Year Goals

Achieve Your 2019 New Year Goals

January is popular time to reflect on the past year and look at setting new year goals. I don’t really like resolutions, but I do like setting goals and planning how I’m going to achieve them. Remember when I wrote about September being the new January? Well, now that it’s January, I find myself re-evaluating my goals for the new year.

In 2018, I remember saying I wanted to publish four or five books. I published one. In September, I set an income goal of $3,000/month for myself. The closest I got to that in the last quarter of 2018 was $1,100/month.


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Why Publishing Fiction is Frightening but Worth the Scare

Why Publishing Fiction is Frightening but Worth the Scare

My debut novel, Murder Audit, is launching today, almost two years after I started the first draft. Although I’m really excited about it, I’ve been reluctant to announce the release. While finalizing the files for publishing, I realized I could have published the novel a lot sooner than I did, but I was struck by fear.

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Choose You: An Interview with Author Sara Robinson

Choose You: An Interview with Author Sara Robinson

I recently interviewed Sara Robinson, MA, author of the forthcoming book Choose You: A Guided Self-Care Journal. We discussed self-care (of course), creating great content, and landing a book deal. Sara also shared some great tips for getting your writing done. You can view the interview by clicking the video below, or keep reading for a summary of what we discussed.

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When You Love What You Do, Life is Good BUT...

When You Love What You Do, Life is Good BUT...

Last week, I thought I would treat myself to a matcha green tea latte one morning after I dropped my kids off at school. I ran into a friend at the coffee shop. She asked if I was on my way to work to which I replied, “No, just heading home”.

Later, I laughed at myself as I drove home,  sipping my latte. I work from home, and I was, in fact, heading to work. I had a lot of exciting things planned that day: write a couple blog posts, edit one I'd written another day, and record some videos for my Skillshare course (affiliate link).

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Review of the Hello Writer Subscription Service

Review of the Hello Writer Subscription Service

It says, “Hello, Writer.” Does this mean I’m officially a writer?

About a month ago, I was snooping around the Internet researching writing retreats when I came across the Firefly Creative Writing website. It has such a fun, inviting feel to it that I spent some time viewing their services. They offer writing retreats and a host of other services: coaching, editing, workshops, and studio time. As I was about to leave the site, I noticed a section called, “subscription service”. I’m a sucker for snail mail, so I was intrigued.

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Taking Risks and Redefining Success: Why I Went From an In-Demand Accountant to an Unknown Author

Taking Risks and Redefining Success: Why I Went From an In-Demand Accountant to an Unknown Author

I've been blogging for about 2 years now. Before this blog, I had a health and fitness blog but that website is long gone now. It was one way I dealt with having a high stress career.

Over the last couple of years, I've shared bits and pieces of my story here on my blog. I’ve written about why I didn’t write for twenty years and how I define my success as a writer, but I haven't really shared why I went from being a successful accountant to an unknown author. It's about time don't you think?


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Prepping for Revision

Prepping for Revision

Guest post by K. Kris Loomis, author of the new book, Surviving Revision: How One Writer Finished What She Started.

One of the happiest days of my writing life was the day I finished the first draft of my first novel. I announced it to the world, drank a celebratory martini (with blue cheese stuffed olives!), and felt pretty smug that I was almost finished with my first long fiction project.

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