Sometimes We Hit Walls

Sometimes We Hit Walls

Yes, sometimes during the course of writing our books, we hit walls. For a variety of reasons, it can happen during the writing process, especially as life gets in the way. But, did you know it can also happen during the editing process? And that’s when it can be even...
To Edit or Not to Edit–That Is the Question!

To Edit or Not to Edit–That Is the Question!

This seems to be the question many writers ask—as they contemplate whether or not their manuscript needs to be edited. Actually, oftentimes writers come to the publishing process believing their manuscript only needs to be proofread. At most, they may think it needs a...
Midwinter Message

Midwinter Message

February 2nd marked the midwinter point, acknowledged in the US by the groundhog’s appearance. This year, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, which I believe was inevitable. At least here in Colorado, signs of spring don’t usually show up for at least that long!...
The Editor Gets Edited

The Editor Gets Edited

Yes, when an editor authors her own works, she must be edited too. And that’s where I sit today: going through the editing process with my first memoir. As an editor, I must admit that having someone look at my writing as opposed to being evaluated for how I’ve...
Words and Phrases Have Tremendous Power

Words and Phrases Have Tremendous Power

How much thought do you give to the impact of the words and phrases you say to yourself and others? As a writer and editor, I think about the words we use—a lot! Not only written words, but also the words we use in conversation, whether in self-talk or with others....
Writing the In-Between of Our Stories

Writing the In-Between of Our Stories

What does it mean to write the in-between? Until quite recently, I coached writers, especially those working on memoirs, to “dig deep.” I encouraged them to get to the heart of their stories and those core experiences and truths. To take us into their learnings,...