I have always loved March 1st. No matter how dreary the winter months, I begin to notice the days getting longer, the sun shining brighter and the promise of spring time rides on the wings of the wind. I know that in just a few weeks, we’ll celebrate the chronological passing away of Old Man Winter and usher in the season that is filled with new life and growth. It’s an exciting time for me and today is the day that sets all that in motion in my mind and heart. As a writer, you go through seasons as well. Each has blessings—and challenges—of its own. You may be going through a blustery time that seemingly will never end. It’s cold, dark and dreary. Emotional and career gray skies cast […]Read the RestDoes your book need an extreme book makeover? Check out our premium membership with a Free Trial!
I’m in sunny yet sometimes rainy Destin, Florida at the 5th annual Deep Thinkers Retreat.
Seventeen writers (all women at this event) gathered to learn the craft of writing a novel.
There’s laughter, fun, frustration, confused looks, pondering, break throughs and friendships being forged.
A writers retreat like Story Crafters and Deep Thinkers is the pressure cooker of learning craft.
You can’t escape. It’s all around you!
Everyone is talking, breathing, sleeping STORY!
So how do you know if a writers retreat is right for you?
It is a commitment of time and money.
Are you really ready to invest in your writing journey at the retreat level?
Maybe you’re asking what’s the difference between a retreat and a conference.Read the RestDoes your book need an extreme book makeover? Check out our premium membership with a Free Trial!
I’m at the Deep Thinkers Retreat in Destin, Florida and it’s beautiful. We come to the beach every year in February and I help facilitate the conference for the week. My main job during the conference is the care and feeding of the attendees. But I’m also watching, listening … and yes, sometimes I hear things.
Today I wanted to share some of my observations:
Eat Well, Write Well. Sorry, a steady of diet of chocolate chip cookies and malted milk balls are not conducive to clear thinking and well developed plot lines. Although they do help stabilize emotions, at least at the moment. When all else fails, have a malted milk ball instead of a melt down. For the record, I resisted the temptation this year and only succumbed to two. (Although we have two more days to go!)
Battle Uncertainty. I’ve heard, “I thought I had my story down, but now I’m not so sure.” It’s so easy to doubt yourself and question the validity of your writing.
Hashtags can be a confusing concept, so today I’m sharing Hashtags 101 for writers. I’ll give you a list of popular hashtags and teach you how to use them effectively.
First, lets back up and evaluate the reason we’re all working at building an online presence. We are looking to deepen existing relationships and build new ones. But building new ones can be difficult if the only people we interact with are those we already know, either online or in person.
We can get a little bit of exposure to new folks by our existing connections introducing us, but that’s a time consuming way to go about it.
What if there was a way for someone to search a given social media network by topic and find new, interesting people to interact with? That would be a great way to grow our connections.Read the RestDoes your book need an extreme book makeover? Check out our premium membership with a Free Trial!