Learn How to Make the Most of the 5 Stages of the Writing Process

Finding success as an author largely depends on how effective your actual writing process is. The key to not just getting words on paper, but to getting good words on paper is finding a daily system that invites you to enjoy your work, optimizes your creativity, and provides the support of feasible daily habits. The writing […]

What's The Difference Between Writing And Storytelling?

Are You a Writer or a Storyteller?

“I am a writer!” This is one of the most important and freeing statements any of us ever makes. It’s almost a rite of passage. The moment you can look your banker/hairdresser/pastor/aunt in the eye and tell them (without mumbling) that you are writer, hear you type—well, then, congratulations, you’ve crossed an important threshold in claiming […]

5 Misconceptions About Writing That I Used to Believe

5 Misconceptions About Writing That I Used to Believe

Are we modern-day writers lucky or what? We enjoy unprecedented access to the wisdom of all the writers who have gone before us. I’m not kidding. the wealth of excellent information at our fingertips is insane. But you don’t get nothing for nothing, and the something we’re exchanging for all this great advice is a pretty hefty load […]

Good News! Writing Does Get Easier!

When Does Writing Get Easier? The 4 Steps to Mastery

“When does writing get easier?” This is one of the most common questions writers have asked me throughout my career. The bad news is that, all these years, I’ve been giving the wrong answer. The good news is that the right answer is pretty fantastic. In years past, when people asked me this question, I was as […]

How to Benefit From the Biggest Reason for Storytelling

How to Benefit From the Biggest Reason for Storytelling

I have a theory. My theory is that a person’s ability to engage with art is directly proportional to that person’s willingness to explore the inner depth of their own lives. Consider two different people who walk out of a movie theater together (or we could switch out the setting for an art gallery, a […]

The 7 Stages of Being a Writer (How Many Have You Experienced?)

If life is a journey and writing is a lifestyle, then we know writing itself is not a destination but a discovery. Some of the stages of being a writer are momentous, life-changing, and unforgettable. (Outlines, story structure, and character arcs were like that for me.) Other discoveries blur past, lost in the hustle and […]

Great Gift for Writers! Meraki Writers Subscription Box

I love subscription boxes. They come in the mail once a month, full of fun little goodies you might never have even heard of otherwise, much less purchased for yourself. That’s why I was excited to have the opportunity to review the Meraki Box from Alicia Jones, who curates this customizable, affordable, and highly giftable […]

Top Books of 2016

My Top Books of 2016

The one thing that’s almost as fun as looking back on the writing I accomplished during the year is looking back on reading my top books of 2016. Ironically, the one year I decide to host a “Read 100 Books in a Year” challenge on Goodreads is also the first year in recent memory when I […]

20 Gifts That Should Be On Every Writer's List This Christmas

20 Christmas Gifts for Writers That Should Be On Your List

Tired of people giving you books and pens for Christmas? Oh, wait, of course you’re not—not if you’re a writer! But if you’re tired of everybody on your list giving you books and pens, here’s a little inspiration to help them choose just the right Christmas gifts for writers like you. Christmas Gifts for Writers Under […]

15 More Reasons Writing Is Important

15 (More) Reasons Writing Is Important–in Your Own Words

Is writing important? I posed that question two weeks ago in the post “5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World.” Obviously, the conclusion I came to (after some sincere soul-searching) was that yes, writing and storytelling is a crucial part of building a better world and encouraging one another in our own quests for Truth. But […]