You just heard that a fellow author has hit the big time...best-seller list, agents crawling out of the woodwork, talk of a movie deal. How do you feel? Jealous? Maybe a bit of naysaying about the actual worthiness of the book? Stop. I’m going to explain why competition is good for you. It’s as simple as that old adage, “Variety is the spice of life.” Read More
What Makes You Happy?
What makes you happy? Is it something simple like when someone else makes dinner? Is it a reciprocated act when you share a laugh with a friend? Or, is happiness out of your grasp? While working with writers over the years, I've learned that they often start sentences, "I'll be happy when..." The end of those sentences is enough to make even the most Read More
Is Nice the Ultimate Four Letter Word?
“You pick your friends, not your family.” That phrase is usually spoken after one of our siblings does something like wear your favorite shirt and then spill red wine on it. It’s meant to say, “Hey, that’s your sister...so go on and make nice.” But when authors pursue “niceness” the result may sometimes be...dare I say it...boring. Is nice the ultimate four Read More
Blog Talk Radio for Writers
Blog Talk Radio with Rachel Thompson of Bad Redhead Media fame and writing critic Bennett Pomerantz discuss issues of importance to writers. Today they are interviewing moi! I hope you'll tune in at 3:30 p.m. west coast, 6:30 p.m. east coast. Here's hoping that I don't develop a case of hiccups! Wednesday: Let's Talk Andrew Martineau/ Read More