Query Letter Essentials

The query letter is effectively your written pitch to an editor or agent, enticing them to read or request your work. It is your first shot at gaining and, more importantly, HOLDING the editor’s/agent’s attention! Keep it simple. I’d use … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Material measurement of a final product does not equal your creative worth.

It is easy to fall into a trap of human material measurement when it comes to our creative work and worth. How much did that painting sell for? How many of my books were shipped out to readers today? What … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Focus Your Creative Light

Who knows how many writers fail because the light that shines through them is refracted in a thousand directions and not concentrated in a single beam? Pick projects and complete them! It is not really possible to work on a … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Appraise to Improve and Grow

You must appraise your work. Appraising isn’t cold-hearted criticism. It is the effort you make to turn your raw ideas into elaborated beauty. Appraising is your duty. Appraising our work is an uncomfortable phase of the creation cycle, but it is … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Work, Appraise, Complete

When a thing is not done, continuing to work on it is the strength. When it is done, the strength lies in stopping. Work, appraise, complete; work, appraise, complete: this is the creative life. The creative life and the writing … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Create A Starting Ritual

One of the best ways to help yourself write every day is to craft a starting ritual that you begin to use regularly and routinely. When your ritual becomes habitual, you will find yourself moving effortlessly from not writing to … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Set One Day’s Work in Front of the Last

Learn how to go directly to your work. When your work bell tolls at the appointed hour, answer it. Stop waiting! Start writing! Years of frustration from trying to “fit” writing into my day have taught me that the writing … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Reframe “discipline” as “devotion”

Luciano Pavarotti said, “People think I’m disciplined. It’s not discipline. It’s devotion, and there’s a great difference.” Think about that difference! Many of us have schedules or rituals that we adhere to in our writing practice. All the writing advice … Continue reading

Tuesday Tip: Know and Understand Your Own Creative Character

You must reckon with your own character. Writing requires curiosity. Are you curious enough? Writing requires risk-taking. Are you willing to risk? Writing requires energy. Can you marshal and unleash your energy? Writing requires patience. Have you cultivated that quality? … Continue reading