18th Biennial Conference on Literature and Hawaii’s Children

Tweet I’ve been juggling two boys under two and working on an upcoming article for Hawaii Business magazine. Plus, I’m still writing for Psych Central. I won’t lie. It’s a lot. Some days feel near impossible. But there is joy and pleasure in pursuing the written word so I do so happily even if I have…

Grammar: Friend or Foe of Freelancers?

Tweet Guest post by: Nikolas Baron Every writer knows that grammar is important. However, grammar is the strongest determining factor in the success or failure of a freelance writer. If you are thinking of a freelance writing career, grammar can be a friend or foe. Here are three reasons why: 1. You are the only one…

Expert Tips from Barbara Walters: 3 Ways to Interview Better

Tweet Nonfiction writers can glean insight from Barbara Walters advice on Oprah’s Master Class. After years of interviewing celebrities and past presidents, she shares a few of her inside secrets for a successful interview. Curiosity. Curiosity may have killed the cat. But it makes an interviewer’s career. Walters says, “I think that the interviewer/correspondent should have curiosity. If…

The Power of Writing Badly

Tweet {by guest blogger:  Marcia Zina Mager, The Write Coach} One of my all time favorite quotes about the writing process comes from one of the world’s greatest painters, Vincent Van Gogh. “Mediocre I do not despise at all. And one does not rise above that mark by despising what is mediocre. In my opinion…

Why Every Writer Should Hire an Editor

Tweet by: Carrie L. Lewis People involved in the writing business are lovers of words. Let’s face it. Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, are an agent, a publisher, or an editor, there’s something about the written word that really gets you fired up. The way each person responds to the written word is different, of…

Overcoming Self-Doubt in the Writing Process

Tweet This post came at a perfect time! After just spilling my guts about how I sometimes fake it as a writer, I received the post below from author and editor Sarah Nagel who I’ve been following on Twitter. It gives practical advice to overcome the self-doubt that writers and all creatives face. I’m so…

How Coaches Help You With What You’re Really Afraid Of

Tweet The number one thing preventing you from completing that manuscript? FEAR. Getting your words on paper is one thing, but dealing with all of the scary feelings you have about doing so is another. No matter how many online or in-person classes you take, you will never accomplish your writing goals unless you first…

Chatting with the Experts: Debunking Coaching Myths

Tweet Finding the perfect writing or creative coach can feel as effortless as looking for a needle in a haystack. Type “writing coach” and you will suddenly feel inundated with too much information. If Google could only use its keyword magic to help you find “the one” that will help you get your writing on…

5 Social Media and Common Author Mistakes You Might Be Making

Tweet {photo by} You’ve worked really hard on writing that book, conceiving a new idea or blogging, but you still haven’t seen results with your efforts. Literary agent Kevin Small who I interviewed in part I of this post, sets us straight this time with the unintentional mistakes you could be making that’s sabotaging your…

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