Numbing the Pandemic Pain One Series After Another - My TV Recommendations

Numbing the Pandemic Pain One Series After Another - My TV Recommendations

I like a good story and I’m not picky if I read it, listen to it, or watch it on the big or small screen. While the big screen is a little difficult during a pandemic, the small screen certainly hasn’t been. I’ve admitted my TV addiction in a previous post, and if it’s even possible, I’ve been watching even more television since the pandemic hit in mid-March. 

10 Steps to Query Letter Writing Success

10 Steps to Query Letter Writing Success

Good query letter writing seems like a mysterious process, but its necessity to landing an agent or editor makes for a pressure-filled, intimidating task.

But it needn't be! 

In truth, writing a query letter is rather formulaic. I’ve split the process into ten manageable steps, so you can create a letter that will stand out from all the others flooding agents' and editors' email inboxes on a daily basis. 

Writing Workshop of Chicago: Pitching and Listening

Writing Workshop of Chicago: Pitching and Listening

Tools To Make Your Writing Life Easier

Tools To Make Your Writing Life Easier

I often share writing tips and indie publishing shortcuts in the Writers’ Forum at the end of each month, but today I’m writing an entire article devoted to my favorite products and platforms that make my life easier. These are my secret weapons! (Well – not so secret anymore!) Some of these are free and some are well-worth the money, depending on where you are in your publishing journey/adventure.

Tips to Manage Your Inner Writing Critic with Tracey Kathryn

Tips to Manage Your Inner Writing Critic with Tracey Kathryn

Welcome to May, writers. In Wisconsin, it’s a month of flowers, sunshine, end-of-school events, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day. May is a wonderful kick-off month to summer.

Critique Groups: What to Expect While Building Trust

Critique Groups: What to Expect While Building Trust

Welcome to our new normal, writers. April is a time for showers and flowers. Except this April, which has been a time for tears and fears, unfortunately. My heart goes out to those who have suffered directly from this terrible illness. I pray for those who have lost family members, friends, and neighbors.

Writing, Book Promotion, and More: A 2019 Year-end Review

Writing, Book Promotion, and More: A 2019 Year-end Review

In the past few weeks, I’ve viewed a plethora of 2019 year-in-review and/or hit-the-ground-running newsletters/blog posts for 2020. To be honest, while I champion the work of fellow writers and appreciate all the positive messages, I skimmed over many of them.

Why?

Writing During the Holidays: Staying on Track

Writing During the Holidays: Staying on Track

Writing During the Holidays: Fun Ways to Stay on Track

How Limiting Screen Time, Keeping a Calendar, and Visits to the Local Hardware Store Will Keep Me on Track

Reflections on a Writing Residency and a Retreat

Reflections on a Writing Residency and a Retreat

This fall I’ve been extremely fortunate to achieve some quality writing time in ways that were unusually helpful: a week-long writing residency and a weekend writing retreat. Both have given me a clarity on my current work in progress and energized me to finish this story more quickly than I ever could have imagined when I started it in September.

Obits: Have You Written Yours?

Obits: Have You Written Yours?

Have you written your obituary? Do you REALLY want someone else writing it?

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