Inspiration and Desperation at a Writer’s Conference

Inspiration and Desperation at a Writer’s Conference

Warning: Harsh realities and cruel myths ahead. I recently attended the Willamette Writer’s Conference. I find these conferences to be an odd mix of inspiration and desperation. Inspiration in that they can get you focused on the possibilities, get you swept up in the...
The One Way to End Self-Sabotage

The One Way to End Self-Sabotage

When I speak to people about self-sabotage, most everyone seems to relate to this frustrating, self-destructive behavior. Maybe you too are aware of your own patterns of self-sabotage, or maybe your saboteur works in more subtle ways. The Mark of the Saboteur The...
For those disinclined to set goals…

For those disinclined to set goals…

The idea of setting goals makes me want to shrivel up. Perhaps that’s because I’m what Gretchen Rubin describes as a “Questioner.” According to her typology, Questioners are motivated by inner expectations but not outer ones. The problem with setting goals is that...
Fear of a Blank Screen

Fear of a Blank Screen

We are just over the halfway point of NaNoWriMo. If you’re pacing along at 1,667 words a day, you should be at 26,000+ by the end of the day. How’s it going? If you’re like me, maybe you’ve encountered the Fear of the Blank Screen. When the juices aren’t flowing it...
Day 31: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 31: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 31: Wrap Up Okay, peeps, this is it! Nano starts tomorrow! Are you ready? There is no new content today… just a quick index of topics covered in case you need to review anything to get ready for Wednesday. Best of luck to all of you. Remember that the spirit of...
Day 30: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 30: 31 Magic Days of NaNoWriMo Prep

Day 30: Why You Write Oh, man, we’re really getting down to the wire now! Starting Wednesday, it’s Nano time! Are you ready? This, our next-to-the-last post, is fairly lightweight. I’m sure you’re pretty busy with all your Nano planning activities, but if you will...