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Tips for Writers in the Digital Age.



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Preparing to write another book has me thinking back to when I first started writing and how I know so many of my readers are writers who dream of one day finding their books in bookstores.

Can I encourage you for a moment? It’s not a crazy dream. Some people may make you feel like it’s impossible to reach this dream, but I was one of those dreamers ten years ago. I would spend hours in Barnes and Noble flipping through the pages of those massive indexes that used to contain all the information for literary agents and publishers. I would walk through the aisles and dream of the day when I’d see my book on the new arrivals table, waiting to be picked up by a new reader.

As I thought about the writing process and where it has taken me over the last ten years, I created a short list of things I’d tell that younger version of me– the girl just starting out and looking for a writer’s roadmap. I hope this list is helpful for you and maybe the encouragement you need today to keep showing up and working towards your dreams of becoming an author.

Just a quick p.s.— doors for my Winter Writing Intensive are opening in February. Hop on the waitlist, and I’ll email you when it’s go time!



It’s easy to feel like you must create a following in 2022. There are a dozen social media platforms where you can build that following. But what would it look like to build a readership instead? A readership follows you because of your words, the things you write down steadily onto the page.

It has never been easier to say you want to be a writer but never sit down and start writing. You have to sit in the chair and write a lot of crappy words before you produce something worth sharing. But when you get into that flow, more words start to come. When you have a readership, you have a direct line to offer people love, light, encouragement, or whatever your words carry. 

I know it’s tempting to want a million followers but what if you shifted toward cultivating a readership instead? People who are hungry for your words. People who check your blog regularly. People who want to hear what you have to say. To build that, you must sit down continually and write.



Applause can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be a false motivator. When we write something people love, we want to produce that same result repeatedly. The desire for applause can quickly overcome the love for the craft.

My biggest advice would be to create a writing process and weave it into your week. In my week-mapping course, I show people how to design space for dreams (like writing a book) and rhythms (like sitting down to write weekly). I believe that if we don’t carve out the space to write, we simply won’t. Words will go unwritten. Thoughts will pass through our brains but inevitably move onto a different scribe, someone who will write the words down.

Carve out space in your week to start a writing practice. Dare to fall in love with the craft. It will always fuel you more than the applause.



I can’t tell you the number of writers I’ve coached who feel paralyzed in their writing process because they’re logging onto apps like Instagram and trying to create something beautiful right there on the platform. There’s no easier way for me to suck the creativity straight from my bones.

When you have a writing process, you create offline. Whether that’s a Google doc, a composition notebook, yellow legal pads, or an iPad (I use Google Docs + Notion). You pick what works for you. But you don’t need the internet or any social media platform to create. The research says your work will be ten times better if you stop switching browsers and scrolling aimlessly.

I challenge you to create offline. To turn down the noise and see what comes out of you. To stare at a blank page and dare sit until a sentence appears. This one switch– deciding to create offline– has changed everything about the writing process for me.



Writers need to be reading good words. All the time. If you have time to scroll, you have time to read. And your brain will thank you for the shift. Permit yourself to be fueled by the greats who’ve gone before you. Look at the way they structure sentences, dialogue, and rich scenes. Pick up your favorite book and dare to ask yourself: What makes this my favorite? Trace. Highlight. Star. Underline. But make it a mission to read a book this month and savor the words and writing process of someone you admire.

If you’re looking to fuel yourself in this writing process, here are a few good books to start with:

In my course Map Your Week, there is a section called Always Moving Forward. That’s where I track the books I’m reading regularly. It’s a section to place goals and dreams that I believe will make me a better writer for the future.

I realize (about 800 words into this) that there are hundreds of tips I could give to encourage, so let me know if you want a part two (or part 17).

I always cheer for you in your writing journey and believe in big things for your life. And remember: don’t quit before the miracles start to happen.


  1. Caroline Beidler says:

    Love this encouragement and thanks for sharing! As a writer in this digital age, it’s good to be reminded of why I began in the first place. Where the smolder started!

  2. Raygn says:

    I want a part 2 and a part 17!

  3. Abbey says:

    Yes, Part Two, please!

  4. Janelle says:

    I want part 2, part 3, and all the parts until we’ve hit 17. This is speaking life to me right now, I need to get offline and focus on the passion, the dream, and allow God to speak to me. I’ve never wanted to write more then I do now, and I want this to be the hear I stop being paralyzed in fear, and I step in faith

  5. Brenda Seefeldt says:

    More about the consistency of showing up in your space. I so often find a writer who’s words I like, I follow, they stop writing consistently, then they shift to something else. Or they get their book deal, I read their book, then they stop writing more. As an avid reader, I want more of what got them there.

    I’m a writer. I hope I’m doing this for my readers.

  6. Christina says:

    Yes please, part 2. I have never thought of myself as a writer but as a mental health coach I am a communicator would like to work on this aspect of communicator and can use of the tips you have. I appreciate you, your authenticity, and all you create. I found you at a time in my life I was not incredibly lost without the language to express it. Xx

  7. Melanie Rudy says:

    Part 2, please! I love the idea of developing a readership instead of followers. I’ve started with a Google doc, but know that pen & paper are my favorites.

  8. trinity says:

    Yes please for a part 2!!! Your writing encouragement has motivated me to stay consistent with the dirty work of pursuing my dreams! Thank you.

  9. Lisa Thornbro says:

    Yes, please for part 2 to however long it goes. I have specific questions about starting to write at my age. I am 63, I haven’t written for a long time, not a book or anything. I have wanted to write about my journey through my life, starting in a very dysfunctional family, the obstacles I’ve faced in life and my journey thru depression and anxiety for 35 years and facing the suicide of my baby brother. I am hoping to help others if the are facing these issues and how despite this unwanted affliction, God has had His hand in my life from before birth, and despite the difficulties, how God has gotten me thru the toughest of times. I started last year with a paragraph starting to tell the story of my life, but in telling of that, my mother was intimidating me and using emotional and mental blackmail, but I don’t know how to tell my story without speaking poorly of her treatment, despite my knowing she had no idea the damage she was causing, and I knew I was loved. Is it too late for me to start at my age, and should I just speak about my depression, etc., and the challenges I’ve faced? I worked as a nurse for 38 years, until I was injured on the job and became partially disabled. Now I have time galore, but don’t know where to start. My paragraph is on a word document on my laptop, btw. Thank you for any help you can give!!!!

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