writing tips

The creative war between writers and editors (and how to call a ceasefire)

I recently watched the movie “Genius” – which is about Thomas Wolfe and the editor who got him into print. The topic is a fascinating one, something I’ve discussed in previous posts, but fleshed out in more romantic detail in the movie. In short: “genius” is the pure, uncivilized, manic, raw, passionate energy that produces the work. The book belongs ... Read More »

The six types of (failed) writers: which one are you?

I saw this infographic today, made by Alexi Maxim Russell, about the Six Types of Writers. Great, I thought – I like cute and fun online Facebook tests about writers that momentarily distract me from the challenges of writing. I was asked, “Which one are you, so I searched.” Here’s the problem, these aren’t the six types of writers, these ... Read More »

107 inspirational AirBNB rentals you can use for a magical writing retreat

Starting next year, when I finish my PhD in literature, I’ll be truly location independent and writing full-time. One of the biggest productivity hacks I’ve found is to put myself in beautiful and inspiring environments (that are mostly distraction free). While some argue they can “write from anywhere” – I’m a firm believer in what Cal Newport calls the “grand gesture” ... Read More »

2016 presidential election memorial coloring book (contest!)

About a month ago I became obsessed with making some adult coloring books. The first few are nearly done (will be one Amazon in a few days), so I can start talking about them. This one is a memorial coloring book for the 2016 presidential election.     I’m still thinking of putting it on Kickstarter, except I don’t really ... Read More »

The Plot Dot (a visual guide to writing unforgettable scenes)

the plot dot adult coloring book for authors

Since I started writing fiction, I learned my design skills and art background make me really good at visualizing scenes. I even developed some mental tricks for creating powerful, resonant scenes that stick in people’s minds. I started thinking of each scene as one perfect picture, with a flash of color to draw the eye – an object representing the ... Read More »

134 publishing questions answered (the ULTIMATE resource guide on how to self-publish and market a bestselling book)

If you’re interested in publishing or self-publishing a book, you’ve probably got a lot of questions. There are so many tools, resources and services offering tips and information. How does it all work? How do you put a book together, get it out into the world, and get people to buy it? You might have questions like… How do I ... Read More »

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