Hidden Gems and Little Darlings

What makes you uncomfortable with or defensive about your story is worth looking at closely for two reasons: 1) it could be a hidden gem, or 2) it could be a little darling. Hidden Gems Sometimes as we write our subconscious seeds our stories with hidden gems, like how or where your protagonist will find the answer to his … Continue reading Hidden Gems and Little Darlings

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3 Ways to Get Free (Or Almost Free) Training

I've blogged about using a training budget before, but sometimes you may find your budget is hovering around $0. What do you do then? Spend time trolling through other author's blogs, especially those who offer eBooks (and other types of media) covering topics you're interested in, and prowling over social media networks. There are three … Continue reading 3 Ways to Get Free (Or Almost Free) Training

5 Links For A More Balanced Writer’s Life

This week I found myself having nightmares about conspiracies and daydreaming about a long vacation at some remote beach. That's when I realized my life was once again out of balance. Who among us hasn't felt like they were running uphill at full speed for days on end? It's a common experience, especially if you're … Continue reading 5 Links For A More Balanced Writer’s Life

Marketing Monday: Self-Promotion HSP-style

“People forget what you say, but they remember how you made them feel”--Warren Beatty Caring for others, wanting to help our fellow humans, comes rather naturally for highly sensitive people, so why shouldn't promoting ourselves and our products be just as natural? Most likely because we're thinking of "selling" rather than "marketing." Sell: to persuade or induce (someone) to buy something: The salesman sold me on a more expensive model … Continue reading Marketing Monday: Self-Promotion HSP-style

How To Include Back Story Without Killing Your Novel

I've been writing most of my life, but that doesn't mean I've got it down cold. If anything, I've learned I have a lot to learn. For example, although my first novel may spend the rest of eternity tucked safely in the darkest corner of the deepest drawer away from anything living it might otherwise … Continue reading How To Include Back Story Without Killing Your Novel

4 Links To Overcome Publishing Despair

The road to publication is filled with pain and tears... bloodshed... mayhem.... I'm being melodramatic here. Of course, that could just be that I've recently read several posts about how painful the publication process can be and how difficult it is to write good fiction. Here's a small sampling: "This is literally years of work you're seeing. … Continue reading 4 Links To Overcome Publishing Despair

Marketing Monday: Platform Building The Tortoise Way

If you’re a highly sensitive person like me, then you’ll understand how stressful marketing yourself, your product or your business can be. If you aren't an HSP, then today’s marketing landscape with its hurry, scurry push in social media probably doesn't bother you. You may, in fact, thrive on the pressure, the excitement. The downside to that is that mistakes … Continue reading Marketing Monday: Platform Building The Tortoise Way