If you think natural talent - the ability to write well - is a personality trait of a successful writer, you'd be wrong. "Talent is cheaper than table salt," says bestselling author and writing teacher Stephen King.
Deep down…or maybe even right at the surface where everyone can see…you wish you were a writer. A real writer. But how do you overcome those feelings of not being good enough? Good news! I have three tips to help you overcome those “I’m not good enough to be a writer” demons.
Asking for feedback on your writing is hard for most writers. Getting feedback on your memoir — the most personal form of writing — can be downright painful! How do you ask for and receive feedback on your personal life story? These tips will help you accept both criticism and praise with equal amounts of grace.
Unless you're famous or somehow remarkable, your sample chapters are the only chance you have to get your book published. Therefore you must submit the best example of your writing that you can -- even if it requires writing, editing, revising, and even throwing out everything you wrote only to start fresh.
How do you deal with feelings of jealousy when you meet successful writers, hear about a fellow writer’s book publishing contract, or learn that yet… Read More »How to Stop Being Jealous of Writers Who Succeed
This isn't just an example of an inspirational speech for a charity; it's the actual talk my Little Sister and I did at a Big Sisters Fundraising Gala in Vancouver. We received a standing ovation and raised more money for our charity than even planning committee expected!