Write Now episode 12: the costs of self-publishing

Valerie was recovering from the Oregon Country Fair, so she left me and Julie up to our own devices. We talked about the costs (the financial ones) of self-publishing. We had a good time and managed to cover quite a lot of ground. Next week we’re probably talking about writing groups.

Write Now episode 11: Writing conferences

In our 11th episode of Write Now, we chat about writing conferences. We talk about the Willamette Writer’s conference a lot, as that’s one both Valerie and I have been to several times (and will be at again this year). Are writing conferences worth it? I’d say so. I’ve made some excellent connections and friendships,…

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Write Now episode 09: writing in the summer – how to manage kids, the summer, writing and your sanity

Writing and working in the summer when the kids are off school is often a challenge for me. We address the ways we (attempt to) deal with the change in schedule in this week’s episode of Write Now. For me, summer means a couple of schedule changes. The first is when the kids stop school…

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Write Now episode 8: Advertising for Authors

In this week’s episode, we talked about advertising for authors. When do you start advertising, how do you go about advertising your books (or your mailing list, website, self?), what platforms do you use? We shared our experience with advertising: mostly on Facebook, Book Bub and Amazon, and ponder some of the other options. It’s…

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Write Now episode 7: Writing processes

I was out of town for episode 6 of Write Now in which author Anthony St. Clair filled in for me and talked about where do ideas come from? (My answer: meditation. I basically got instructions for my first few non-fiction books while meditating.) Here’s episode 6 if you’d like to watch it: In episode…

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Healing from grief and loss, letting go and beginning to forgive

In the course of looking for resources to help some clients move through their own grief process, I picked up a copy of The Grief Recovery Handbook by John W. James and Russel Friedman at the end of last year. I began reading it for those clients. They felt stuck in their grief and I…

Write Now episode 5

Write now episode 5: mindset: self-doubt, imposter syndrome and turning pro

Episode 5, our Memorial Day special, is all about mindset: self-doubt, imposter syndrome and turning pro. It turns out I have a lot of self-doubt when it comes to writing: Is it any good? Why am I doing this? Am I really an author? And on and on. I don’t have a whole lot in the…

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Depth-journaling, part 2: unlocking my personal Pandora’s box of emotions

In part 1, I talked/wrote about what depth-journaling is and how it works and why you might want to try it. In this post, I’m going to tell you what the actual experience of doing it has been like for me. I approached depth-journaling with trepidation. While reading Scott Brady’s Pain-Free for Life book, I…

Write Now episode 4: the difference between writing memoir and fiction

Episode 4 is all about the difference between writing memoir and fiction. Plus our question of the week: what’s the hardest part of storybuilding? We had another good episode, talking about the difficulties we encounter with storybuilding (me: all of it) and the differences between writing memoir and fiction. If you find our show useful…

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Depth-journaling, releasing the steam valve on repressed emotions

I promised further updates on my healing journey and the processes I’m undergoing to accomplish this wonderful, long-awaited healing. It turns out that telling this story is hard for me. Partly because talking about something publicly when you’re in the middle of it is like telling a story where you don’t know the ending. I’m…