Dec 13, 2017
A lot of creative types are living with scars from family or teachers in our early years who didn't support our dreams. These are real obstacles to building confidence. I've met so many writers who were told in elementary school they weren't good enough. It isn't true. You don't need to spell perfectly to be a great...
Dec 13, 2017
What to do when you feel a burning jealousy of writers who are or aren't your friends? Movie deals, book tours, starred reviews can all cause problems. Are you a bad person to feel like this? No, you're just human.
Dec 6, 2017
The Bishop's Wife is the book I wasn't supposed to write. I'd spent my whole writing career avoiding Mormonism. No one wanted to hear about Mormonism. But ultimately, in order to write more authentically, more nakedly, I had to go back to my core self, and part of that was my Mormonism.
Nov 29, 2017
You don't have unlimited creative energy. When you push yourself too hard, you will eventually collapse. You may not see this before the first time you go too far. But after, you will need to learn strategies to help you avoid another creative collapse. Limit your writing time each day, eat well, exercise, learn to...
Nov 22, 2017
There are a lot of things that you will have to let go of as a writer. Sometimes it's a manuscript you love but can't fix. Sometimes it's a book you and your agent love and can't sell. You need time and space to mourn these losses, and to tell yourself it's not your fault, that you did your best. You will eventually get...