Overcoming Fear

As your authentic voice emerges publicly, you will experience a range of emotions and, ultimately, new sources of strength. I’ve struggled writing this week’s blog because other parts of my life have demanded all of my emotional energy recently—most notably, a...

Is Post-Publication “Depression” a Given for First-Time Authors?

Culling my files recently for idea-notes, I came across an unpublished article that I wrote nearly three years ago. In our last blog post (My Book, My Daughter), artist and author Licia Berry shared her story of nearly abandoning her book after publication, so I was...

Tuesday Tip: Dealing with External and Internal Critics (Part 2 of 2)

You will have your critics. What will you do about them? Last week, we discussed our external critics—friends, family, fellow writers, perhaps agents and publishers—and identified five ways to deal with them. This week, the subject is our harshest critic—ourselves....

Tuesday Tip: Capture Your Creative Thoughts NOW

Are you good at capturing your own creative thoughts? Or do you let them slip away by telling yourself that they weren’t really all that good or all that important? Stop that! Start right now doing a better job of capturing and recording your ideas. Self-doubt is an...