Unlocking Writer’s Block Sideways

Unlocking Writer’s Block Sideways

Writer’s block happens to every writer at some point. Creativity slows down. Your words feel like they’re stuck to your insides. If you’ve never experienced that bone-dry-whistling-wind-through-a ghost-town desiccated feeling of writer’s block, just wait. We talk about getting back into the “flow,” feeling like an idea dries up, sometimes that creativity rushes and overwhelms,… Read more »

Why All Writers Should Play around with Poetry

Why All Writers Should Play around with Poetry

Everyone should play around with poetry. Period.  Your hairdresser. The mail delivery person. The landscaper, the hummingbird feeder refill person. The person who diligently washes, folds and presses your socks.  And, for sure, writers should play around with poetry.  I’m talking to you, non-fiction writers. I’m talking to you, business and copywriter, you life coaches… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Words of Encouragement for Writers

#5onFri: Five Words of Encouragement for Writers

I’ve always been a lover of inspirational sayings; through the years I’ve collected a wide variety of these words of encouragement to bolster my sometimes flagging attitude.  One of my favorites is attributed to the 30th President of the U.S., Calvin Coolidge. The gist of it is that nothing in the world can take the… Read more »

How to Use the Enneagram to Create Fictional Characters

How to Use the Enneagram to Create Fictional Characters

I recently wrote about using the Enneagram to set your own goals as a writer, but you can also use this powerful tool to help develop your fictional characters.  In this post, I’m going to show you three ways that the Enneagram can help you develop complex, relatable characters that the reader cares about.  1…. Read more »

Not Just Dudes in Tights: Shutter

Not Just Dudes in Tights: Shutter

Introducing Shutter Picture it: it’s your twenty-seventh birthday. Twenty years to the day since your dad first let you in on his adventures by taking you to the moon. Ten years since your dad died. You feel washed up, because you don’t have any new adventures to write about. You decline company from your best… Read more »