ah, the writing life

Writers need love and support. They need how-tos and tips and opportunities to deepen their craft. They need information, resources, and encouragement to get from ‘idea’ to ‘The End.’

That’s what A Writer’s Roadmap is all about.

Pat Dobie, Our Illustrious Founder

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    What’s On Your Desk?

    Thursday Postcard I’m reading a book by Gretchen Rubin called Outer Order, Inner Calm. I’m finding it hard to read this particular book, mostly because I keep rolling my eyes. It’s like getting advice on quitting alcohol from someone who’s never had a drink. Rubin’s modus operandi is systematic. She’s organized. Every action is considered. A case in point Here’s a …

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  • 6 Key Principles for Writing a Book: #6

    6 Key Principles for Writing a Book: #6

    “The more we learn that each moment has its own intrinsic value, the easier it is for us to let ourselves just be in each moment, however it is manifesting. Then we recognize that where we are is where we are supposed to be.” A.H. Almaas Once when my daughter was worried about being called …

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  • Thank God for Statistics!

    Thank God for Statistics!

    Thursday Postcard Happy New Year!!! If you’re a recent subscriber who found me by way of Amber Petty’s newsletter course, I’m glad you’re here! What a course, what a teacher, what a coach. Over on the blog I’ve been writing a series of posts called “6 Key Principles for Writing a Book.” Writing blog posts is good …

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