You’ll Never Find Time to Write

Oprah has her list of things she knows “for sure.”  One thing we know “for sure” is that the idea of finding time to write is a myth.  It’s unlikely that a free hour will ever tap you on the shoulder. And if an hour does magically appear and by some amazing coincidence you have nothing on your to-do list at that moment, your kids, spouse, boss or the good, ol’ television have something lined up for you to do. Continue reading

Boost Your Creativity

Snakes really aren’t my thing. So when I had the “opportunity” to hold this monster, my gut reaction was “blech!”

My husband on the other hand was thrilled to let this python twist around his arms. He has owned a number of pets that I would kill (or demand that someone else kill) rather than cage… spiders, snakes, scorpions and the like. I don’t consider those creatures pets; to me they’re creepy, crawly threats.

But it isn’t very often that I have the chance to hold a snake of this size. Thankfully. Continue reading

Getting Started with Your Writing

Don't let questions keep you from getting started with your writing.

As much as we know we have a story to tell, questions pop up along the way and stop us in mid-sentence. Questions keep us from sending a query letter, or writing the first chapter, or delving into publishing, or marketing our finished pieces… We want to know that we’re doing it right. Well, sometimes there is no one right way. Sometimes just getting started is the right action to take. Continue reading

How to Tell Your Story

It can be difficult to talk about yourself. But if you want people to know your story, you have to get great at telling it.

A few weeks ago, I visited with Mel Robbins on the Border’s Show about my new book, Zany Zia’s Hats to Where. As she kicked off the interview, Mel asked, “What can people do to become better at the art of packaging themselves and telling their own stories?” Continue reading

5 Tips for Getting the Most from a Writers’ Retreat

Writers’ retreats are a great way to boost creativity and get more done! But don’t just take our word for it. This week, guest blogger Jennifer Way shares why she takes several retreats a year–and how she makes the most of that time.

I’m a lazy writer.  There.  I’ve said it.  Writing doesn’t come easy to me, but I love the finished product.  Taking something out of your brain and making it a reality is addictive.  I just don’t have the time to do it.  Continue reading

Give Thanks… in Writing

I loved the challenge Todd Smith proposed on his Little Things Matter blog this morning.

  • Make a list of everything you have to be thankful for.
  • Reflect on the blessings in your life — especially the people who encourage, support and love you.
  • Express your thanks to those people.

My challenge today is to express that thanks in writing… on paper. Continue reading

Jenna’s Top 10 Faves at My Writers’ Connection Retreat & Workshop

10. Editor + Round Table Feedback on my narrative; knowing what the rules are means you can break them effectively.

9.  Departure Port was NOLA! Architecture in the French Quarter, Beignettes & cafe au lait at Cafe du Monde, unique furniture designs at Crown Plaza and of course, crab cakes at the Oceana off Bourbon St.

8. Exclusive Networking with a diverse, interesting (and fun!) group. Evening dinners were unforgettable! Continue reading

Am I a Writer?

Writing. Writing. Writing.

“I’m a writer.” Before you uttered those words, did you hesitate, unsure whether your prose (or poetry) qualified you? Is being paid to write the qualifier? Or is it simply the diligent practice of the art that allows the moniker? Perhaps one has to be paid well to say, “I’m a writer.” (Sorry, that cracked me up. Whoo. Okay. Back to business.) Continue reading