Archive | February, 2016

For Writers, Failure Is the Only Option


Writing is hard. You’re going to fail. At first. With luck, you’ll fail again. With a little luck, persistence and a whole lot of hard work, you’ll fail again and again until you transform a series of failures into something that satisfies you. Failure is the only option for writers. The only alternative to a […]

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Get Ready to Fail!


Are you ready to fail as a writer? I’m getting there. Earlier this week, I posted this on Facebook: “Wish me luck! I just send the first 100 pages of my novel, Essential Path, to Laura Zats at Red Sofa Literary (as she requested). I’m a little surprised at how vulnerable I feel right now. […]

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New Book Update: May the Muses Bless You with Worthy Beta Readers


In “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes” Steven King wrote: “Show your piece to a number of people – ten, let us say.” Fourteen people volunteered to beta read the first 100 pages of my novel. (I asked for feedback on 100 pages, not the entire manuscript, because an […]

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Does Coloring Help or Hinder Your Writing and Reading?


Kerri Miller, MPR host, encouraged Americans to put away coloring books and pick up real books instead in a post on The Thread. If coloring books were the cause of Americans reading only 4 books a year on average, I’d agree. But I highly doubt the trade-off is between real books and coloring books. I […]

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