How to Use Social Media Wisely as a Writer

You’re a writer, right? If you’re a human living in the twenty-first century, you’re probably also a social media user. (And if you’re not, then wow! I’m impressed.) This will show my age one way or the other, but I first started using social media in high school when MySpace was “the thing.” I pimped …

Skip the Slush Pile: The Case for Indie Publishing

This is a post I would have written somewhat reluctantly as little as a week ago. First, I’ll start with some trivia: I’ve been writing for literally longer than I can remember. My memory does not go back as far as I’ve been writing. According to my mom, I used to write and draw books …

How to Use Song Lyrics in Your Novel

Is it possible to legally use song lyrics in your novel? Yes. Is it easy to do? Well… This post contains affiliate links to help me keep my site up and running. For more information, you can read my disclosure policy here.  I came across this problem recently as I prepared to finalize and send …

25 No-Fail Gifts for Writers and Book Lovers

Are you one of those really good gift givers who always knows the perfect gift to get for each person in your life? Me either. I even put together detailed spreadsheets starting as early as August, but I never actually buy everything early, and I always go over budget. What IS that? (Besides annoying.) Anyway, …

10 Essential Tools for Faster Writing

I believe in quality over quantity, especially in writing. Think about it: would you rather have one fantastic book that sells wonderfully and connects with your readers, or twenty terrible books that end up in the dollar bin at used bookstores? That could depend on your ultimate goal as a writer, but that’s for a …

Dear Discouraged Writer: You’re Going to Make It

Dear Discouraged Writer, Put down your pen, pick up your coffee, and take a deep breath. You’re going to make it. I don’t know how long you’ve been writing, or even what you write — novels, poems, political commentaries, personal essays, technical e-books, press releases, dishwasher manuals, web copy. I don’t know if you write for …

Writing a Novel: Five Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Confession: I’m not great at taking advice. I listen to advice really well. But acting on it is a different story. I don’t know why I have this compulsion to learn things the hard way, but if someone says Hey, don’t do this because it doesn’t work, then some part of me stays convinced that yes, …