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Procrastination and the Art of the Deadline

By |August 23rd, 2015|

This week’s guestblogger is writer, content producer extraordinaire and sales process architect Dave Baldwin of Raleigh. I’ve known Dave for over eight years starting when he was one of my open mic participants. Since then, we’ve collaborated on writing workshops, writing projects, referrals and blogging. I consider him a great friend and he’ll be posting […]

Facing Your Fears: 5 Tips to Move You Forward

By |August 17th, 2015|

 

As writers and fellow creatives, facing our fears (see my post on fighting fear) is something we do almost on a daily basis. We may open ourselves up to rejection and judgment more than folks who work in your typical 9-5 office, but the truth is that everyone is judged no matter what profession you’re […]

Don’t You Dare Double Space After a Period!

By |August 10th, 2015|

It’s time for my annual “Don’t Double Space After a Period” post. I love posting this blog again as a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for my current and future editing clients—while taking out double spaces from manuscripts can be very meditative, it is also time-consuming/labor intensive. Plus, many writers don’t know they shouldn’t double-space, especially […]

Happy Birthday to Me! Write from the Inside Out is 9 Years Old!

By |August 3rd, 2015|

It’s my birthday—well, Write from the Inside Out’s birthday. Blow out the candles and I can cry if I want to! We’re 9 years old this month—can you believe it? Throughout the years, my basic offerings haven’t changed: editing, author mentoring and writing workshops. My first workshop in 2006 was a creative nonfiction class at […]

My New Book is Almost Out–Heroes without Capes

By |July 27th, 2015|

It’s exciting when your new book is about to be published. Heroes without Capes will available for pre-orders for only a few more weeks. What that means is that you get a $6.50 discount off the book’s retail price of $14 and it will shipped to you as soon as it is published—which will be […]

5 Ways to Fight Fear

By |July 20th, 2015|

Fears. We all have them. As writers, we can experience the fear of failure, the unknown, rejection, and criticism all in a few minutes or maybe even seconds. It’s okay to be afraid, but not okay if we let our fears stop us in our tracks.

I had a big fear not long ago that I’m […]

6 Awesome Ways to Value Yourself as a Writer

By |July 13th, 2015|

You feel like an imposter. You hear voices telling you, “What makes you think you’re a writer? What makes you think you’re any good?” How do you combat these voices and be the rock star author millions will read? How do you value yourself so others value you? Read on!

 

1. Show Up! And be sure […]

How Does a Writer Find An Editor?

By |July 6th, 2015|

Look for a shared sense of humor. The writer needs to be open to possibility and try to find an editor who looks like they can challenge you and help you learn. This is actually very similar in finding a music or dance teacher.

And on top of these points, I choose my writers usually from […]

The Secret to Attract Awesome Clients

By |June 29th, 2015|

When I first started my writing business I didn’t think about the kind of clients I wanted to attract. If they paid me, then they were great clients! I wouldn’t have thought it possible to turn away ANY client. These were the dark days of the Great Recession and I needed money to pay for […]

Are You a Grammar Nerd?

By |June 22nd, 2015|

Are you a grammar nerd? The good folks at Grammarly want to know! In this new study Grammarly looked at their 5 million-strong Facebook fan base and profiled them to form The Anatomy of a Grammar Nerd.

Do you correct others’s grammar? Do you find yourself yelling at the newspaper when you see a boo-boo? I was surprised […]