Can You Make a Living as a Writer?

Earlier today, I came across an article in Forbes by MeiMei Fox that highlighted opinions on writing from four professionals in the industry. The question at hand: Can you make a living as a writer? And I have to be blunt. The answers these professionals gave shouldn’t discourage anyone from the calling of writing, but…

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What Motivates You to Write? The Craft or Glory?

In this article, author Shelly Sanders talks about the takeaways gleaned through her publishing journey. I’ll start by offering a heartfelt Kudos to Sanders. We all know it’s not easy, and she put in the effort. But I do wonder, reading this, if the effort was for the glory and not the craft…? What’s your…

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Is It OK for a First Draft to Be Crappy?

It’s OK if your first draft sucks. But in this video, I stress the importance of striving for the best you can do in the moment every time you sit down to write. Why half-arse your sessions?! The idea here is that, if you go into a writing session determined not to half-arse it, that’s…

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Why Every Writer Needs the Cloud

Two weeks ago, I succeeded in doing something I’d never done as a writer: I bricked my laptop. The technology angel choir sang a lament of death. The cloud, however, saved me. The laptop I killed, to be fair, had had Windows 11 issues from the very beginning. But it was less than a year…

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Crappy Drafts? Get Them to the Right People

I have so many piles of crappy drafts, lol. What’s your count? May this be encouragement that whether your work is “good” or “bad” depends a lot on perspective. Different people, different perspectives The point I want to make within that is that it is absolutely critical to get your work in front of the…

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A Writer’s Just a Unicorn. Here’s Why

Above my desk, I have a poster of a unicorn. But it’s not just any unicorn. It’s a unicorn on a therapist’s couch. The therapist, seated in a chair to the side, gives one line of advice: “You need to believe in yourself.” You sparkle more than you realize On the one hand, I have…

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Writers Need an Initial Nest Egg. Here’s Why

Even if you traditionally publish, writing takes some initial capital. In this video, I acknowledge that hurdle and encourage writers to prepare by putting together a nest egg. How much should a writer put into their nest egg? I hear your next question from here. How big should the nest egg be? That depends. If…

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28 of the Most Inspirational Quotes About Writing

Sometimes, when I sit alone at my desk writing, I get despondent. What is it all for, all this sitting and typing and churning out words? Who in the world possibly could understand? In fact, however, there are plenty of people who do. Their words are often solace that pushes my own forward, and here,…

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