Break Out of Your Writing Rut

The marathon lifestyle promotes doing rather than watching…by adopting the marathon lifestyle you can confront your own lions, be your own hero, fight your own battles, challenge yourself. —Richard Benyo When I got out of bed Monday morning, I felt like I’d run a marathon or something. My leg muscles... Read More

Identify Your Strengths

by Rochelle Melander Identify a person’s strengths. Define outcomes that play to those strengths. Find a way to count, rate or rank those outcomes. And then let the person run. – Marcus Buckingham One of my teaching mentors gave me this advice about managing a challenging class, “Encourage and reward... Read More

Discern Your Best Practices

by Rochelle Melander One hasn’t become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating. – Niyi Osundare... Read More

Claim Idle Time

July 4, 2023 Note From Rochelle Dear writers, Hello, hello, and happy Fourth to those who celebrate. Today’s tip is an excerpt from my book, Level Up. I tend to be a workhorse—that’s what my thesis advisor called me—push right through. But that’s not the sanest or most productive approach.... Read More

Tools for Juggling Writing and Work

June 27, 2023 Note From Rochelle Dear writers, Hello, hello and happy summer! I’ve just finished an editing project early (woot!) which means I have room for an editing project or two in July. Reply to this email if you need help sorting out your draft (developmental editing) or polishing... Read More

Innovate and Boost Creativity

June 20, 2023 Note From Rochelle Dear writers, Since January, I’ve revised a novel and written a new one; written and revised several picture books, and written half a dozen poems. I owe my productivity to meeting with my accountability partners every single week. Sharing my weekly goals with them... Read More