Some other writers and I are doing a little game this week of Halloween. One short story a day this week. This one is set in my Roostverse Hospitals are very interesting places for the supernatural. My primary responsibility was fixing medical equipment a... And here is Part II of this client's testimonial. In this series I've talked about recognizing the issue of writing without actually crafting a story. I hope I've helped people give themselves permission to stop just writing for a word-count if that doesn't make them happy. I followed that up with enforc... Writers love to hoard ideas like dragons with gold bars, don't we? We collect and fall in love with sentences; we want to display our cleverness in this or that. We treasure these little tidbits and notes as though without them we won't ever get anything ... When I'm working with a client I already think they're talented. There's no point in being a writing coach if I can't believe in the product that I'm working on. This means that a great deal of my job is proving to a client that they can do what they want... I recently had a discussion with a client about what they read. To be more specific it was about what they thought they should be reading. I think what they were asking me was what they should read to help hone their craft into what they want it to be. One thing that I’ve come across with online writing groups is the idea that all words are created equal. There are whole communities that are dedicated to writing X number of words in any given time-frame. It almost feels as though we’ve come to a place w... No work is truly created in a vacuum. Every creative soul has people that they rely on, people that they work with and trust, people to keep you honest and keep you focused. I think that I've tried to ignore that in favor of the "finished product" too muc... Below is the opening of the book that one of my clients is working on. Her first draft reads as follows: Siebenkas was not as young as he had once been.