I’m just gonna put this out there because it makes me sad: too many people are not reading. They are spending their time on other things, which is great, but I would like to see the average books people read a year climb (see a piece I wrote last year about average number of books… Read More The Wonderful, Wacky World of Writers
I was sitting in my office approving students for registration when I saw an alert from WordPress, my blogging platform. It said, “Happy Anniversary.” It hadn’t even occurred to me what today was because I’ve been so busy and in so much pain recently due to my herniated disc, but I can’t talk about that… Read More 7 Takeaways from Blogging on the 8th Anniversary of Steph’s Scribe
LATE TO THE GAME OF THRONES PARTY Yes, I know. This show has been around for a while. And I have to admit to having tried the show two or three years ago and not being in the mood for it after watching the first episode. Sometimes you just have to be in the right… Read More Late to the Game of Thrones Party, #writerssupportingwriters & Elizabeth Sagan
Two of these tips I want you to remember are from writers—Mark Twain and E.B. White; the other one above is from Steve Jobs. There’s always “stuff” going on in our heads as we write: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes when our writing is thriving and it’s good, we feel fantastic. Other… Read More Three Important Tips Writers Should Always Remember
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The million dollar question writers are asked at book talks is this: How much of your characters are you or someone you know? It’s the question that has intrigued readers with every book or story they read. So, how does one answer this question? Very carefully. We can’t help it as writers if we borrow… Read More Borrowing Character Inspiration and Traits From People You Know
Happy Sunday, writers and readers! I am so pleased to introduce you to writer Mandy Eve-Barnett! We connected several years ago, as we both are writers and bloggers. Being in touch with and staying current with other writers is important as it helps push you and keeps you abreast of what others who share the… Read More Guest Blogger: Author and Writer Mandy Eve-Barnett on NaNoWriMo
Last year I spent some time making a few Podcasts during National Novel Writing Month. In case you are interested, I am re-sharing them here, to get you moving. I have a lot of writing to catch up on this weekend, as it’s been a busy week on campus, but it’s important to try to… Read More Podcasts from Steph’s Scribe
What the hell are we doing? Honestly? To use Teddy Roosevelt’s wonderful quote: Comparison is the thief of joy. If you want to know the best way to kill your self-esteem and levels of confidence, continue to compare yourself to others on social media. After a few minutes of scrolling through social media, you’re certain… Read More Social Media Comparison is the Thief of Joy
I thought I’d start this Monday with a little recap of a whole bunch of things I’ve been doing over the last week. Let’s begin with a book recommendation. The Next Person You Meet in Heaven Some people are remarkably gifted storytellers. I finished a book at midnight last night by one such gifted storyteller:… Read More A Tear Worth Shedding and Other Things
My Bucket List of Writers I Would Like To Meet (in no particular order) Elizabeth Gilbert (heard her talk; did not meet) Jeannette Walls (heard her talk; did meet) Mitch Albom (heard him talk; did meet) Charles Dickens (impossible; dead) Jane Austen (impossible; dead) Rosamunde Pilcher (elderly, no longer writing or traveling) Steve Martin (still working… Read More Meeting Mitch Albom Was A Dream Come True For This Indie Author
*** A friend of mine, a fellow author, and I were having an email exchange about the nature of people. As the two of us are both authors, one with a publisher (my friend) and one going it alone on the independent author lane (me), we were discussing the way people sometimes behave when you… Read More Creative People, Please Listen: Ignore the Noise and Carry On! A Pep Talk.