Many of you don’t need more courses or conferences. Your biggest challenge in finally finishing your book is that you need accountability and support: in your regular space, within your weekly flow, for the time it takes to reach your goal. The truth is, a lot of writers don't see results because they continue to invest in one-time events instead of hiring an editor to help with development, or joining a group that:
Resolves writing blocks.
Develops habits for writing success.
Manages time effectively to write.
Confession: since leaving academia, my production became sporadic, seasonal, binge-style. Never great at sustaining motivation alone, I thought this revealed something “un-writerly” about me.
Can you relate?
hat I came to understand was not only do I thrive in community, I need externally-imposed structure to reach goals. And, as a former Managing Editor of one of the world’s largest women’s web properties, experience proved if I planned to succeed, I was going to have to manage myself first.
This meant, no more shame around the reality:
I am motivated by community and accountability.
I like to complete a defined “task” in any given session.
I flourish when I consistently hit small, sustainable goals.
I decided to create what I most needed myself for clients, an accountability group, and join in. At first, I worried purely “sit down and write” sessions without critique would be worthless. Instead, I found them a necessary—and liberating—step toward turbo-charging productivity. Not only did commitment to others ensure writers showed up on days they felt most tempted to skip . . .
But production absent judgement is supported by science: As prolific songwriter Jonathan Mann explains, "whatever you’re trying to produce, 70 percent of your attempts will be mediocre, 20 percent will suck, and 10 percent will be amazing. These percentages hold steady no matter what level you’re working at.”
The more pages you generate, the more fall into the amazing category.
Carol knows how to help writers find and shape the essential in their work. She understands what makes a good story. Her talent for narrative structure shows in her consulting and her own work, which she approaches with intelligence and humor.
— Corey Campbell, Award-winning short story writer
Carol is a consummate professional and pleasure to work with. Her guidance was extremely insightful in pinpointing areas to develop in my first book. The hallmark of Carol’s approach is character development. Her use of the elements of writing is spot on. Her advice is worth its weight in gold!”
— Isabella Maldonado, Award-winning author of the Vera Cruz series & THE CIPHER, a soon-to-be Netflix feature starring JLo.
Since we were together at graduate school, I have admired Carol’s craft, her commitment to the life of the mind, and the intelligence of her conversation.
In workshops and afterwards, as she has continued to read my work in draft, I have found her perceptions and comments regarding my work to be razor sharp, delivered with great good will, and cutting to the heart of the matter. Both as a reader and a writer, Carol is exceptional.”
— Daniyal Mueenuddin, National Book Award & Pulitzer Prize Finalist: Other Rooms, Other Wonders
“I came to Carol to critique and edit my novel because she is imaginative, thoughtful, and humane. You can trust your prose to her; she’ll make it better in ways you will understand and enjoy.”
— Sheila Grinell, Author, The Contract & Appetite
Carol is an astute professional editor, current on standard industry formats and knows what agents and publishers are looking for.
I’ve had the pleasure to attend a few of her presentations: she truly motivates writers who have found themselves stuck in the revision process or lost during their quest to publication.”
— Deborah J Ledford, Award-winning Suspense Novelist, including 2014’s Best Audio Book, CRESCENDO, narrated by Christina Cox.
an Arizona-based editor who turns ideas into art. Need to get your book publication-ready?