Making Bold Moves

I can’t help you plan for your retirement. I can’t help you schedule your five-year plan….or your one-year plan. But… Bold Moves? I know Bold Moves. I can help you with that, so I jumped at the chance to write this week’s blog. Let’s not pussy foot around. Here are writing tips from the reigning Queen of Bold Moves: Trust … Read More

Should I self-publish or publish with a publisher?

Recently a client reached out to me with the following question: “I have an editor friend who is encouraging me to find a publisher vs self-publishing. I want to open this book up to all possibilities and I want to know what you think?” I can’t tell you how many times I get my question. Here was my response: Focus … Read More

Who Are You Writing To?

I woke up in the middle of the night a few weeks ago with a gasp. I scrambled to grab my phone and open up the notes section, bleating into my voice-to-text at 2 am. I had been stuck. My book – which I started in February of 2015 – had been lying there dormant and stagnant for more than … Read More

The Biggest Thing Getting In The Way Of Your Writing

It’s a worst-case scenario for me: a client is M.I.A. She hasn’t submitted her first draft and isn’t responding to emails. No bueno. I reach out to the friend who referred me to her to find out what is going on. She hops on a call with my client and is able to identify a block. Or rather, an error of … Read More

Fear Part 4: My Book Is Gonna Suck And Be Boring

Maybe you’re floundering in the vast, Mojave desert of being halfway through a first draft. Maybe you’re hiding under your desk, trying to work up the courage to start. Maybe you’re proofreading the back cover of your completely finished book that’s going to print in five minutes. It doesn’t matter where you are in the process, the paralyzing fear that … Read More

What Do You Want To Say?

What Do You Want To Say? One of the problems we can encounter with writing is that sometimes the passion we have for our topic doesn’t translate onto the page. You know what you want to say, but when you sit down to write, all of a sudden you draw a blank. You can’t decide what to include and what … Read More

Writing Is Hard And Painful

When I was a young punk getting my MFA in Memoir (they have those in New York), we would go to a seedy bar near 68th and Lexington after our workshops to bemoan our existence. “The writing is just so hard,” I would say. Nods from my compatriots. A round of tequilas. “And…it’s just…so painful,” I would follow up. Nods … Read More

Fear Part 3: What Will People Think

One of the fastest ways to get creatively blocked and stalled in your writing is to imagine your audience–a swarm of anonymous readers, ex-partners, and your mom–all judging and jeering from the sidelines. The fear of what people will think is a sneaky, slippery fear because it can muddy the waters of a genuinely beneficial intention: how do I write … Read More

Befriend Your Resistance

Once I wrote an entire play just to avoid the play I was supposed to be writing. Let me explain. I had pitched a play idea to a company, gotten a commission, outlined a first draft, and because I was in my early twenties with no responsibilities and a commission check, had oodles and oodles of time to write. When … Read More

Firewalking Is Like Writing A Book

Valentine’s Day a couple of years ago, I took myself firewalking. Something about it being on Valentine’s Day made it seem like the most appropriate and perfect way to spend the evening. And I was interested in establishing a new love for myself rather than always fulfilling my love needs through a man. I was also recovering from a devastating breakup, … Read More