5 Ways You Won NaNoWriMo Without Hitting 50k

November is over, and a large portion of the writing world is breathing a huge, and well-earned, sigh of relief. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is over, and life can return to normal. Some of us may be the proud owners of a NaNoWriMo winner's badge for our social media profiles. Some of us (like [...]

The Importance of Finding Your Tribe

My writing career didn't begin in indie publishing. I started out with horror short stories, published in anthologies put together by small presses. Self-publishing was still in its infancy at the time. In fact, when I pitched the idea of it to my then writing group, they all laughed at me. It was still synonymous [...]

Some Words on Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is, in essence, self-doubt. A particular kind of self-doubt. Beyond saying "I'm not good enough," and "I can't do this," impostor syndrome will convince its victim that they will be found out for the fraud they are. That they are merely pretending at being what they claim to be, and that their deception [...]

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Most writers have been asked at least once where we get our ideas. There’s no one answer. But there is one truth: ideas are everywhere. The better question might be: How do I notice the ideas? Taking time every day to generate creativity is so important. Make it a habit to find ways to express [...]

Using Your Authentic Narrative Voice

This seems to be in the air right now. Angeline posted something about it on Instagram the other day and then I got into a lively debate in a Facebook group about a related topic that my brain automatically connected - the use of English vs American English. This is going to be a bit [...]