Motivation Monday: The Beginning Is Always Today

It’s Motivation Monday again. We’re two weeks into a brand new year. Question: did you make any New Year’s resolutions for this year? If you did, how’s your progress? I cheerfully admit that I’m rubbish at keeping New Year’s resolutions, so I no longer bother. If you’re not a “resolutions” fan either, try this. This Motivation Monday, make every day … Read more

Writing Tip For Motivation Monday: Show Up And Keep Showing Up

Writing Tip For Motivation Monday: Show Up And Keep Showing Up

I love this writing tip, “80 percent of success is showing up.” There’s some controversy about this quote: who said it first, and which variant was used first, whether it was said about “life”, or about “success.”’ Whatever—it’s a brilliant writing tip. A fundament writing tip: show up The quote’s often attributed to Woody Allen, who reports he did say, … Read more

Plotting A Novel: Plotting And More For NaNoWriMo Authors

It’s almost NaNoWriMo time. I’ve received some questions about plotting a novel and whether I’d consider an offering for our plotting program. Does plotting make you nervous? Plotting can be a challenge if you dislike the process. Plotting a novel when you dislike plotting These days I love plotting, but that wasn’t always the case. I dreaded it for years; … Read more

Fiction Exercises: When You’re Not In The Mood To Write

Not in the mood to write? Clearing your mind can be a challenge. Fiction exercises help to get you into the mood and trigger your imagination. Fiction exercises prime the pump: kickstart your imagination Experiment with these fiction exercises from Commercial Fiction Secrets: Plot Your Novel In 60 Minutes Or Less. They’ll help you to get into the mood to … Read more

New Writer: 3 Ways To Get Inspired And Write

Are you a new writer? You may be wondering whether a writing career is for you, because you can’t get started. Although you have ideas which seem brilliant, when you sit at your computer nothing happens. Start by building a writing habit. New writer? Build a writing habit You need a routine. When you have a routine, writing fits into … Read more