The invisible impact we make

The invisible impact we make

Sometimes you just don’t know your own reach, the impact you have on others. This is especially the case when you work with authors, it’s a solitary endeavor even though we’re working one on one and communicate often, you don’t always understand how you’ve impacted them, how they are changed by having worked with you.

MuteButtonAs an editor and author coach I’m so focused on the author and manuscript that I don’t think about things like…how will this change the way they write? Or how will this change the way they think about writing? I don’t contemplate what kind of impact I will have on working with them. I always hope the writing aspect of working with me changes they way they put their words onto paper. I also hope that they become stronger writers, more confident in the stories they want to tell.

Each author I work with is different, there are a multitude of of things that each author is interested in working on and looking to improve upon, but I don’t know exactly what I will be working on beyond the writing. I find it truly invigorating, though, to dig in and help an author achieve not only their writing goals but their personal ones as well.

WriteWild_5I’m lucky enough that one of my authors decided to write about her experience working with me (On Writing Captive Lies by Victoria Paige) I don’t often get to see such an inside look but I couldn’t be more proud to have shared this writing journey with each of my authors! I love that my words have meaning for them and that in the end they take what I’ve said to heart and give themselves permission to BE who they are and to WRITE the way their soul calls!!!

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Run Wild

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“Oh how I long to run away from normal days. I want to run wild with my imagination.” Alice in Wonderland ~ Lewis Carroll

Yes!!! I’ll never turn down a day with my wild imagination!! Who’s with me??!! xoxo

How the f*ck do you write so many books?


There’s a great interview on YouTube with Stephen King and George R R Martin in which GRRM asks King “How the F*ck do you write so many books?”

The truth is, of course, that every writer is different. It takes you how long it takes you. Figure out who you are as a writer and how long it takes you to get there. And write you.

I wouldn’t want a book from GRRM that only took him 6 months to write…

As for King, he has a great story about JK Rowling…and truly understanding what it is that you do as a writer.


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Write Out Loud

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Yes! But only if you WRITE it!! So throw out all your inhibitions, write free, and write fearlessly!! Once you have that perfect first draft, you have all the time in the world to make it so!

#Writeoutloud #nofear #writenow

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Get Rid of the Box

Don’t try to think outside of the box, get rid of it altogether. You don’t need it. It’s not a guidepost, it’s a restriction.

If you feel you need the box for structure then create your own, with your own style and flair. No one else can be you, no one else has your ideas and creativity.

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Get rid of the box or create your own.

Either way, break free…

Create you.

Write you.

Live you.

Be you.

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It’s Not the Critic Who Counts

I recently came  across a talk that Brené Brown did for a 99U conference in 2013 about vulnerability and how to deal with your critics.

Theodore Roosevelt gave in Paris, France on April 23, 1910, often referred to as “The Man in the Arena” speech, which is the basis for this particular talk as well as Brené’s book Daring Greatly.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Art is: Bravery. Courage. Vulnerability. Love. Art is about all of those things and it’s also about showing up and being seen. But when we’re creating we get scared because we know the moment we put ourselves out there, we’re going to see and hear things that make us question why we made the art in the first place. We don’t want to be seen if we have to deal with the critics.


Do it anyway, make art anyway. “Tell them [critics], I see you, I hear you, but I’m going to do this anyway.” Because vulnerability is also the birthplace of all the things we crave, love, belonging, joy, trust, empathy, creativity, innovation.

“When you armor up [against vulnerability] you shut yourself off from everything that you do and love.”

Brené encourages her audience to shed their armor so that you can create what it is that you are meant to create and reach the audience that you are looking to reach.

“Without vulnerability you cannot create.”

This is why I admire her message so much, when we get down to the vulnerability in art (writing) that’s when we really reach other people. And all that means is that YOU write what YOU want to write, even if it makes you vulnerable to critics, to readers, to anyone, even yourself. When you are authentic and vulnerable and real…that’s when you reach the people you need to reach, that’s when you will be heard.

Make your art, fail at your art and remember, it’s not the critic who counts. It’s you, because even when you fail you do it while daring greatly.

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Happy Accidents

Happy accidents…those things you aren’t intending but turn out to be pretty great.
I was trying to take a selfie of me and B…he was not cooperating and I accidentally took this picture instead. I didn’t find it until later when I was going through the ten selfies I took, you know… to find the perfect one. Instead I found this incredible photo.20170704_125822

This picture has no filters, no adjustments, it was not a mistake…it was a happy accident.

Sometimes when we let ourselves play and make mistakes we can find ourselves in the middle of the happiest accident.

Especially with your writing. Just letting go of all the rules and restrictions…play with your character, let them make mistakes and create happy accidents.

I think if you ask most writers they will tell you that the best scene they ever wrote, the best characters they ever created, the most genius plot twist, the most incredible lines…were the product of a happy accidents.

What have you done “by accident” that turned out to be something fantastic and happy?
Let’s create happy accidents together…come find me on

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