Monday Must-Reads [02.19.18]

Monday Must-Reads [02.12.18]

HOW I'M GOING TO REACH MY BIGGEST GOALS THIS YEAR (& WHY I'M NOT MAKING MORE VIDEOS)

After starting to feel a little burnt out and overwhelmed, I did lots of thinking and came to a big decision.

2018 is my year. Find out what I'm doing to make my biggest, most important goals happen this year. 

How to Stay in Touch with Me & Follow Along on My Journey

1. Sign up for the WriterMom newsletter on the homepage. All my best tips & favorite resources plus behind-the-scenes looks at my author business (what's working and what's not). 

2. Join the WriterMom Facebook group. I know there are dozens of groups out there for writers, but this one's for other writers like me, writers with littles and families, who want to avoid burnout and level up their productivity and self-care: https://www.facebook.com/groups/writermomcommunity/

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Monday Must-Reads [02.05.18]

Writing to Market Update #2: The First Draft is Done (And What's Next)

That series I've been writing to market? 

Find out how it's coming along in today's video! After tons of time following Chris Fox's book, Write to Market, and doing tons of outlining and writing, the first draft is finally done! 

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However, as you'll find out, this is just the beginning, and there's still a ton of work ahead of me. Find out what's been going well, what I'm struggling with, and what's next as I aim to hit it out of the park with this new YA romance series.

Monday Must-Reads [01.29.18]

A REMINDER FOR WORKING PARENTS: WHEN TRAGEDY HITS CLOSE TO HOME

I'll be honest. 

It's been a week of ups and downs for me. 

On Monday morning, I finished writing my newest book. It felt great to reach the finish line of the first draft, but I also knew there was a lot of work ahead of me in revisions. 

Then that night, I found out a former student of mine had passed away suddenly. The news rocked me. 

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Last night, I got an email with a wonderful marketing opportunity for my fiction books, something that could get my stories a lot of visibility. 

I'm glad I'll have the day off tomorrow to sort through all these emotions and get some needed rest. 

In today's video, I process and share my thoughts on a recent tragedy that struck my local community recently. It's a sad reminder for me and any other stay at home mom, work from home mom, or any working parent. 

I also talk about the one thing we can do, even when we feel like failures as parents or like we can't make the difference we wish we could. 

Monday Must-Reads [01.22.18]

BEST BOOKS FOR WRITERS: FAVORITE READS FROM 2017

In today's video, I share my favorite reads from 2017. This list will include something for everyone, whether you’re into fiction or only non-fiction, I think you’ll find something great to read.

So last year, I set a goal of 50 books to read. This was scary to set such a high number, but I did it and I’m so glad because I read so many good books. I think I was wasting a lot of time just rewatching old TV shows, but now I’m spending more time than ever consuming new stories and non-fiction.

In 2018, my reading goal is 60 books. I'm upping my goal again, but I'm also ecstatic to be making even more room for reading in my life and become a better storyteller through reading.

Here are my favorite reads from last year (my affiliate links):

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If you’ve been in a reading rut or are looking to level up your life, I definitely recommend you start with some of these books. And if you’ve read some of these before, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. I read and reply to all of them.

One of the most important things you can do for yourself as a person and as a writer this year is to read more books. It’s why I’m making reading one of my top priorities in 2018. It makes me a better storyteller and helps me level up. And I know it’ll do the same for you if you give it the time.

As always, thanks for watching, subscribe so you don’t miss future videos, and keep creating your art.

Monday Must-Reads [01.15.18]