Bookwork with Jean Rabe

I want to thank Jean Rabe for guesting my spot today! She has a new book out, The Bone Shroud, and it’s amazing! Typing “the end” isn’t enough I occasionally mentor writers through a university program. One of my recent students wrote a seriously-good fantasy novel, which required little fixing. I asked him where he …

How to Be an Instant Success Overnight

Here at the Million Words Blog we’re all about sharing the journey to, well, a million words. The journey we are all on to achieving a writing life. Now a “Writing life” might mean different things to different people, but I think we can all agree on one thing: There are no shortcuts. You’ve got …

Writer’s Block

Some writers don’t believe it exists. Others are paralyzed by it’s clutches. Me? Oh, I believe in monsters. The post today is a few tips on how to combat writer’s block. My first defense against the WB is to search for answers to some basic questions. Am I writing because of a deadline? Am I …

Description is Not a Sin

I have a problem, the reverse of what many of my fellow writers struggle with. I am terse. I don’t dump words on the page like water pouring over a cliff. Years as a professional editor and doctoral student show up in first drafts full of compact prose. Word count is not my friend, but unlike …

Author Websites

Happy Sunday Y’All. If you’re in my neck ‘O the woods, you’re buried under nearly a foot of snow with a layer of ice on top of it and you’ve got stuff to do that involves going outside… So I’m blogging instead*. Today I’d like to talk about something other than writing…Kind of. Every now …

Productivity planners for writers

Greetings all! The last thing I wanted to do today was write a blogpost on productivity. I tried to write about setting and character, but “productivity” kept popping up in my prose. So today, let’s talk about staying organized. Last year, I started a bullet journal. For those of you not in the know, a …

Strength Training

“It doesn’t get any easier. You just get stronger.” I could wax poetic about how January is about fresh starts, but there are so many different times and seasons that are referred to as the “new year” in their various contexts, that the only thing about the standard calendar is that it aligns with a …

Reflections on MLK Day

In a speech at Cornell College in October 1962, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., said “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” I’m a medical drama junkie. I haven’t …