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Perseverance – Writing Lessons from the Olympics

The Olympics are here! I’ve been watching a lot of the events on television, and no matter which sport I’m watching—cycling, gymnastics, swimming—I’m amazed at the level of accomplishment I see in these athletes. How did these individuals reach this level? How did they surpass everyone else in their field? Some of it is raw talent. But talent alone is not what divides Olympians from other athletes. You could make an argument for a lot […]

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Facing the Blank Page

Lately, whenever I “finish” a novel I find myself thinking, “I couldn’t possibly have written that story. Someone else sat down at my computer and did it for me. How did I make this happen?” I submitted my first draft of Taken‘s sequel to my editor about a month and a half ago, and just a few weeks back, I sent a revised version of a stand-alone WIP to my agent. (It’s these kind of […]

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Staying Inspired

There’s this thing in writing. You know it. That burst of inspiration. That dizzy can’t-eat-can’t-sleep love for a new story idea. That feverish hunching over your keyboard to get all the thoughts down as swiftly as possible, before they go the way of so many 1AM ideas. You probably know that feeling. And then the feeling that comes when you’re a few chapters in and struggling to find the courage to sit down at the […]

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Finding Time to Write: Making Hard Choices

Today I want to talk about writing, and what it takes to get it done. I have a very full time job, an awesome husband, a (sporadically) active social life, and I’m up to date on How I Met Your Mother. I’m teaching myself French in my spare time, I get to gym, I blog and believe it or not, my house is mostly clean. And here’s the thing: it’s hard. If you’re waiting to […]

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After The First Book Doesn’t Sign or Sell

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions: What if this book doesn’t land me an agent? Worse, what if I do sign with someone, but then the book never sells? How can I give up this amazing story? I’ve been with this book so long it’s like my kid! Will my agent drop me if I don’t sell? Am I going to be the biggest failure ever if this book isn’t a success? […]

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