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Dear Sherry: Not Again

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Dear Sherry: I have a problem. I like writing. I like brainstorming. I like coming up with ideas for my characters and seeing where it takes them. When I write out my first draft, I know all the messy mistakes and wrong turns are going to be there. The first draft is where I let myself air the story out,…

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Coach’s Corner: Aftermath of Self-Sabotage

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In the last couple of months, it feels like I have done everything possible to sabotage my writing time. I decided to move. That meant getting my place ready for showings, getting it up on the market, selling it (yay!), and then finding a new place and packing. Every one of these steps takes time: hours and sometimes days. Add…

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Dear Sherry: Staring at a Blank Page

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Dear Sherry, I’ve got nothing. Drawing a complete blank. I’ve always been a one idea at a time type of writer, but it has been three months since I’ve come up with an idea for my next book. Most of my writer friends have two and three, sometimes even more, writing projects on the go. Me? Nothing.  I know there…

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Coach’s Corner: When Life Sucks You Back In Part 2

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Welcome to Coach’s Corner, where I offer some thoughts on the creative process and breaking through moments of self-doubt. In Part 1 of this series on when life sucks you back in, I talked about freeing ourselves when family and friends pull us away from our writing. There is a greater force that life uses to pull us away from our…

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Dear Sherry: Never Enough

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Dear Sherry, I’ve been working on this novel for almost two years now. I’ve finished the first draft. I’ve filled in the plot holes. I’ve added description, and fleshed out the characters. I’ve sent it to my critique group for feedback, edited based on that feedback, sent it back to them and edited it again. That should be enough, right?…

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Coach’s Corner: When Life Sucks You Back In Part 1

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Welcome to Coach’s Corner, where I offer some thoughts on the creative process and breaking through moments of self-doubt. Never has there been a quote more apt for writers than the one by Michael Corleone in The Godfather: Part III: “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back in.” No, I’m not talking about the mafia here.…

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Coach’s Corner: Dream Big

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Welcome to Coach’s Corner, where I offer some thoughts on the creative process and breaking through moments of self-doubt. One of the things I do with my coaching clients is make sure that they set achievable goals for themselves. Many factors need to be considered, especially making sure whatever physical, emotional, and psychological roadblocks that come up can be dealt with.…

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Dear Sherry: Conflicted Feedback

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Dear Sherry, I’ve been working hard on edits on my novel. I sent it out to my beta readers, and I now have all their feedback, which is great. The problem is that I have a bunch of conflicting comments, and I don’t know how to resolve them. Sometimes it is easy. If one suggestion clearly makes the story better and…

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