Writing Life

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7 Secrets to Building a Successful Writing Business

Just yesterday, RootSky Books, our book publishing company, turned 12. It’s been through many changes since those early days where my only aim was to self-publish my own books and get my words out to the world. And through those changes, I’ve learned a lot. A lot that can help you as you grow your […]

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7 Productivity Tips for Writers Who Are Stuck

Producing a finished product is a struggle for many writers. They have lots of ideas, but not much to show for all the time they sit, think, and write. As someone who has ghostwritten or authored more than 30 books and written more than 1,000 articles, I know how important it is to be productive. […]

Ready to Get Away From Low-Paying Writing Assignments?

The reality is that the reality is never the fantasy. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was a kid. I dreamed that I would write in a rickety, old frame house and do my best to put peanut butter and tuna on the table for two kids. I’d bang out great pieces on […]

Show Yourself Some Love and Renew Your Desire for Your Career

The funny thing about connecting online is that we think everyone else has it figured out. And so that idea dampens our own enthusiasm for what we are doing. Kind of bums us out. Makes us scared to move forward. Messes with our heads. But guess what: It’s an illusion. Nobody’s life is as perfect […]

Rewrite the Story of Who You Are

Unfinished novels are tucked away on his computer. His blog hasn’t seen a new post in months. Writing contest deadlines come and go. He promises himself he will write. He wants to. But doesn’t. If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. I’ve gotten a flurry of emails lately from people on the Writer’s Living […]

Why You Need to ‘Hurt in Your Talent’

“Use what talent you possess. The woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” — Henry Van Dyke   Who wants to sing when Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, or Beyonce are belting out tunes? Not many of us would feel confident to stand next to them and […]

Write the Vision and Make It Plain

I absolutely believe in the power we have to create our own lives. Now, I’m not going to go into some weird explanation about manifestation and explaining that all we have to do is think something to make it reality. Although I do believe our thoughts create reality. Instead, I will  do something way simpler: […]

What a Tennis Match Can Teach You About Being a Successful Writer

My husband and I went to play tennis recently after weeks of being away from the court. If we get a few consistent days of play in, I can do pretty OK. But if there is a gap, it’s a tough road. This past time when we returned to the court after a gap, it […]

13 Nifty Moves for Writers Who Want to Succeed in 2013

It might be a little hard to see past the singing, partying, gifting, and celebrating of the holiday season. But see past it, you must. If you’re a writer who wants to be successful in the coming year, it’s time to do a wee bit o’ planning to help make next year start off a […]