Three tips for prioritizing your writing time and dreams.

Writing

January 30, 2019

How To Protect Your Writing Time

How to effectively promote your book on Pinterest.

Business

January 24, 2019

How to create pin for your book

How to write snappy, witty dialog.

Writing

January 23, 2019

5 Tips for Better Dialog

How long should chapters in a novel be?

Writing

January 16, 2019

On chapter length

The book that single-handedly pulled me out of a creative rut.

Writing

January 9, 2019

Recommended Reading for Writers: Big Magic

Getting started developing your author brand.

Business

January 5, 2019

Overview of author branding

An inside look at the writing process of a New York Times bestselling romance author.

Writing

January 2, 2019

My Writing Process

Five proven ways to make writing 50,000 words a tiny bit easier.

Writing

October 26, 2018

5 Ways to Prep for NaNoWriMo

What is an author brand, and do you need one?

Business

September 23, 2018

An explanation of author brand

How to approach that rarely-discussed manuscript stage between first-draft and polishing.

Writing

September 6, 2018

Mastering the Mysterious Second Draft

Why conflict is the single-most important element for crafting a story people can’t put down.

Writing

April 6, 2018

How to write conflict

Getting real about what it takes (and doesn’t take) to write a book.

Writing

March 2, 2018

18 Myths About Writing a Book

The truth about how long it takes to write a book.

Writing

October 5, 2017

How long does it take to write a book?

Why the snobby dismissal of romance has to stop.

Personal

September 28, 2017

My overdue defense of the romance genre

Recommended reading for aspiring writers, or authors who want to hone their craft.

Writing

September 27, 2017

Five Best Books for Writers

4 Methods for Outlining Your Novel.

Writing

September 20, 2017

How I Outline My Novels

Advice for faster writing and higher word counts.

Writing

August 2, 2017

5 Tips for Fast Drafting

Get your author bio Today Show ready.

Business

June 9, 2017

Your official author bio

The evolution of a bestselling romance author from childhood to publication.

Business

February 1, 2017

A Writer’s Journey to Publication

Real-life tips on what it takes to be published.

Business

February 26, 2016

10 Tips to “Making it” as a Full-Time Author

My actual query letter, plus comments and suggests from my agent.

Business

September 24, 2014

Lauren Layne’s Query Letter

Tough love on what it takes to be an author.

Writing

September 4, 2012

On Being a Writer – What Nobody Told Me