Want to know about my writing process? Read on!

 
 

How can I become a better writer?

Read. Read as much as you can. And write. Your writing doesn’t have to be the Great American Novel. You can write for a few minutes a day. But you have to write regularly to build up stamina and improve. You use muscles to write and those muscles need a workout.

 

Do you have a regular writing practice?

Sometimes. Sometimes I get into a groove and I’m motivated to sit down every day and work on a particular work-in-progress. But just as often, I’m sidetracked by normal, everyday things like dishes and taking my kids to sports practices and I get out of my groove.

 

How can I overcome writer’s block?

First of all, I’m not 100 percent sure that that’s a thing. But when I am stuck revising the same page over and over again, or things just aren’t flowing I sometimes:

  1. Go for a walk or a run. Something about physically moving sometimes jogs something loose in my brain.
  2. Take a shower. Some of my best story ideas have come to me there.
  3. Talk to a friend about the story and ask for feedback. Often, just talking it out will help me see where I might have mental blinders on about a character or a story.
  4. Take a nap. Sometimes I solve plot issues in my sleep.

When all else fails, I put the story away for a while and let it breathe. Usually it needs fresh eyes and some time away helps me see where it needs to go.

 

Do you have a favorite author or book?

There are so many! I am always looking for suggestions for new things to read. If you head over to Goodreads, you can check out some of the books I’ve read and liked. Go to my Goodreads >


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