Managing the Writer’s Mind

Managing the Writer’s Mind

Our last post introduced a model (created by master life coach Brooke Castillo) that focuses on Circumstances, Thoughts, Feelings, Actions, and Results (CTFAR model) to help us minimize judgmental, negative, stifling thoughts and emotions that may hold us back from...
A Writer’s Model for Overcoming Blocks

A Writer’s Model for Overcoming Blocks

I don’t buy into the mythology of writer’s block. “You’re crazy, Gina!” I hear many of you saying. “I’ve felt it, been there. My ideas stink. I don’t know what I’m doing. I KNOW I’m blocked.” I hear you. And I. Have. Felt. Your. Pain. I know what it feels like...
What Keeps You from Writing

What Keeps You from Writing

Our fears are proficient at keeping us from writing and they are confounding masters of disguise. We often don’t recognize them for what they are. They hide behind to-do lists. They cloak themselves in victimhood and responsibility to others over self. They mask...

What is Success?

As I was wrapping up the Story Camp Women’s Writing Retreat, prepping for the arrival of the Fiction Among Friends writers in the next retreat, and hustling to complete my blog post for this week, my friend author Rhett DeVane shared the following with me. Though I...

Trusting the Evidence

When I started today’s post, I had no idea what I was going to write about. So I began putting words on the page as if I’d already completed the thing that needed to be written. It’s a little mind trick, yes, but I simply gave up control and let words flow in...

5 Free Marketing Tools for Authors

by Shannon Bell Authors, especially when starting out, don’t have huge marketing budgets. What money we do have, we want to hold onto. Whether you have a traditional publisher or go indie, marketing your book is still up to you. This means you need to try to use the...