Recommended Podcasts for Writers

If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time reading books and blog posts on writing. But sometimes we need to give our eyes and our mind a rest in order to feel recharged and ready to do our best work. And that’s where podcasts come in.

I love listening to podcasts because they are easy to fit into daily activities like driving to work, doing household chores, exercising or going for a walk.

If you haven’t tried listening to podcasts yet, it’s super easy to get started. You can use iTunes on your iPhone or Google Play on your Android device and search for any podcasts that sound interesting. Sometimes you can even listen to the podcast straight on the author’s website. I’ve included links for listening below.

So, here are my recommended podcasts for writers (these are in alphabetical order, not ranked): View Post

Understanding Book Editing: What You Need and When You Need It

Every book needs editing. And if we’re being honest, editing your own work is nearly impossible. That’s where professional book editors comes in.

Working with an experienced book editor is one of the best investments you can make for your book and your writing career.

Why? Because working with a good editor can take your book from an idea, or messy first draft, to a finished manuscript that “works.” A good editor can also help you improve your writing skills, which will probably save you time and money on your next project. Bad editors, on the other hand, can waste your time and money, and can even be a hindrance on your path to publication or to becoming a better writer.

 

So, when you’ve decided you want to work with a professional editor, how do you know what type of editor you need? Or when in the process you need them? View Post

10 Tips for Creating a Writing Routine

Without a writing routine, it’s all too easy to find yourself procrastinating or feeling disappointed when your output isn’t where you hoped it would be.

Our routines can make a huge difference in how healthy, happy and productive we are.

When you create a writing routine that works, it will help you form a writing habit, and once you develop a writing habit, you’ll find it easier to focus, be productive and get on the right track toward achieving our goals.

So, how do you create a writing routine that’s right for you? View Post

12 Reasons Why Every Writer Should Participate in NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo can literally change your writing life. I’m not kidding.

 

But first, what is NaNoWriMo?

I go more in depth on this in last week’s post, but to put it simply, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people from around the world show up to write 50,000 words in the 30 days of November.

While this might sound a little crazy and intimidating, there are actually some good reasons why you should join in and start writing your novel too.

 

Here are 12 reasons why you should participate in NaNoWriMo: View Post

What is NaNoWriMo and how do I Participate?

It’s October! And that means it’s almost time for NaNoWriMo!

 

What is NaNoWriMo?

NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month.

It’s a worldwide write-a-thon that occurs every year during the month of November.

On November 1st, participants start working towards the goal of writing 50,000 words by 11:59pm on November 30th. (Yes, that’s about 1,667 words per day!)

National Novel Writing Month is also a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that believes your story matters.

When I first heard about NaNoWriMo, I went to their website to do some research and fell in love with their mission statement:

“National Novel Writing Month believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.”

Are you kidding me? So inspirational!

 

Who is NaNoWriMo for?

NaNoWriMo is for anyone who’s ever thought about writing a novel. View Post