Reclaiming ‘Perfection’

Perfection is a dirty word.  Look up ‘perfection’ quotes and you get everything from the funny — to the downright hostile — And I get it, really I do.  Trying to be a perfect, flawless person sets one up for heartache.  Some people spend years before realizing that it’s an impossible standard — we areContinue reading “Reclaiming ‘Perfection’”

Awesome Day #7 — Meeting With the Mentor

Yow!!!  Yesterday (on day #7 of my 8 day ‘stay-cation’) I had arranged to meet well-known and respected writer.  I’ve never really gotten to talk to anyone on that level before, and by contacting them, I had brought myself into this whole new range of experience. I had been quite nervous before our meeting forContinue reading “Awesome Day #7 — Meeting With the Mentor”

Awesome Day #5 — Play Time

Yesterday was day #5 of my 8 day stay-cation.  It was a time of rest and having WAY too much fun creating new pinterest images. Allow me to explain — I love Matt Adrian’s bird pictures. And I had a pin of one I thought would make a great Hannibal pin (Hannibal is amazing BTW).  So,Continue reading “Awesome Day #5 — Play Time”

Awesome Day #3 — Finishing a book

Yesterday was day #3 of my 8 day ‘stay-cation’.  Except for going to see X-men (it was great!), I spent the rest of the day working on my novel Fall Street.  It’s not done yet, but it’s getting closer. As a writer, there’s a special feeling as you get toward the end of a book,Continue reading “Awesome Day #3 — Finishing a book”

Awesome Day #2 — A Writer’s Paradise

Yesterday was day 2 of my 8 day ‘stay-cation’.  I left home briefly for a delectable Depalmas lunch, and took a 7.5 mile cycle ride in the evening.  The rest of the day?  Writing! (and Watching X-Men First Class in prep for the new movie). I decided to chart out all I wanted/needed to doContinue reading “Awesome Day #2 — A Writer’s Paradise”

10 Tips for Building Believable Love Stories

Love stories are popular, eternal, and some of readers’ favorite plots. So why are they so rarely good (or as good as they could be)? I think because we often don’t believe in the romance, in the characters, in the story. But the good news is that it’s easy to send your love story from lukewarmContinue reading “10 Tips for Building Believable Love Stories”

Are You Selling What I’m Buying?

If you’re an author today (or any sort of entrepreneurial business person) this is truly a wonderful time to be alive.  The freedom and power given by the internet is unprecedented.  But for authors, all that power comes with great responsibility.  How to you make yourself heard, rise above the masses, and sell books withoutContinue reading “Are You Selling What I’m Buying?”

What I’ve Learn After 50 Blog Posts (Tips & Tricks)

TA DA!  (TWEET, TWEET!)  WE MADE IT! Happy 50th post on this website.  I was kind of surprised that it sneaked up on me.  But I’ve learned a lot since March 2nd, 2013 and I want to share what I have learned with any would-be writers or bloggers — 10 Things I’ve Learned About BloggingContinue reading “What I’ve Learn After 50 Blog Posts (Tips & Tricks)”

“How Do I Format My Book?”

I’ll be upfront right away — if you need a good formatting how-to, Google onward or better yet, run off and buy Catherine Ryan Howard’s Self-Printed .  It will make the job easier.  However, if you’re about to lose your mind and want some comfort and camaraderie, then you’ve come to the right place. Now, ifContinue reading ““How Do I Format My Book?””

What’s Holding You Back?

The following is a guest post from a good friend and fellow Athens Writers Association member, Jennifer Innes.  Jen has shown an incredible amount of courage and persistence in going after her dream and I think we can all learn a lot from her.  Enjoy!    I started my first novel at some point in middle school. ThisContinue reading “What’s Holding You Back?”