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Weekly Words - a quote, a tool, and a tip for writers

"I never promised the universe that I would write brilliantly; I only promised the universe that I would write." Elizabeth Gilbert

Do I know enough to write a novel?

Yes, and no. You can always learn more, and it REALLY helps when you have a system that helps you write from start to finish without getting bogged down in the middle. However, there will be many frustrating days when the story in your mind isn't making it onto the page. And that's just fine.


Writing a novel means finishing it, not making it perfect or even necessarily good (thus Anne Lamott's reference to the shitty first draft). You learn more by doing than anything else. But also look for help: great classes, one-on-one coaching and editing, and of course reading, where you learn from writers you love.

New Format

You may have noticed that this newsletter has a new format. While I will still bring you inspiration, tips, and tools, I will also answer a question I've gotten from writers each week. I've divided these questions into craft, mindset (today's question), querying, publishing, and author platforms.


If you have a question you'd like answered, please let me know.


Photo Inspiration - Handies Peak, Rocky Mountains, Colorado, USA, 1996

Man. Marmot. Character sketch. Also a tribute to my dad for Father's Day.

He always took me exploring, which meant hours reading in the car followed by scenic vistas that gave me the material to write my own stories.


What story would you write about this photo?


Next Step Book Coach - If you're ready to start your novel, are stuck in the middle, or have finished and need to know what to do next - we can help.