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BOGO Sale Happening Now!

It’s back to school time, and for many that means back to writing, back to querying, and back to working hard to build a publishing career.

It’s the perfect time to get some expert feedback on your pages, your query, or your submissions package!

For the month of August, The Writer’s Toolbox will be offering a BOGO deal on all critique services except the full manuscript critique! Simply buy one critique service, and then respond to your confirmation email with the name of the second critique service (of equal or lesser value*) that you’d like to receive for free. Offer is good on all purchases completed by 5:00 p.m. CST on 8/31/17.

Slots are limited, and are available on a first come, first served basis.

Ready to get your manuscript, query, and synopsis into excellent shape? Find our list of critique services here.

 

*BOGO offer does not apply to the purchase of a full manuscript critique.

Writing Advice

Saying No To Perfection

Perhaps you’re familiar with the sensation. You sit down to write, your story a brilliant movie playing in your head, but the blank page in front of you sends a sickening throb of fear through your chest.

What if the words come out wrong?

What if you can’t make the story on paper as glorious as the one in your head?

What if you fail?

And so you sit, paralyzed by fear. You check email. You post on Instagram. You decide your toilet really does need to be cleaned right. this. second.

You do anything but write.

Fear can be useful. It can motivate us to work hard. To revise and edit and get a second opinion before revising once more. It can drive us to the limits of our craft in a mad effort to do better on this story than we’ve ever done before.

But fear can also derail us. It can poison our well of creativity until we no longer know how to give in to that side of ourselves. I’ve met writers who are terrified of writing a scene unless they’re absolutely certain they can get it completely right the first time it hits the page. I’ve met creators with bold ideas but no finished projects because they’re afraid to see it through in case they fail to capture that bold vision well. I see creatives every day who limit themselves–their vision, their productivity, and their imaginations–because they’re afraid of imperfections.

Be imperfect. Be messy. Be three drafts deep and still a little bit lost. Be frustrated. Be sure that nothing you’ve just done will make it into the final draft. Be convinced you’ve forgotten how to write, how to paint, how to draw, how to create.

Be all of those things because those things don’t last. You will carve perfection out of the block of imperfect clay you produced in your first draft. You will revise until the messy is beautiful. Until the story clicks, and you sink your teeth into it. Until you cut away the extra, the wrong, the words that didn’t belong when the final story rose from the sweat and dust of your efforts.

Don’t let fear keep you from doing what you were meant to do. Let go of the expectation of perfection every time you sit down to your art and instead, expect nothing of yourself except that today, you will create.

News & Updates

Welcome!

Maybe you’re working on your very first draft, and you feel overwhelmed with everything you don’t yet know. Maybe you’ve got eleven books published, but you’re looking to find the key to unlocking your next commercial hit. Or maybe you’re in the query trenches hoping that this book will finally be the one to grab an agent’s and editor’s attention.

Whatever stage you’re in, I’m glad you’re here.

I’ve been a teacher for most of my life. I tutored my peers in both high school and college, earned a degree in English and a single subject teaching credential, and taught high school for several years. After leaving my position as a school teacher, I coached others on marketing, sales, and customer service, before transitioning back to teaching my first love: writing.

My passion is to unlock every writer’s ability to bring their craft to the next level through workshops, critiques, resource books, and retreats.

My goal is to give you the tools to write your stories well, get publishing professionals to pay attention to those stories, and then learn how to build your brand and market your stories to readers.

My method is to break concepts down into understandable pieces, ask the questions that will spark organic solutions to your story’s needs, and provide spaces where you can connect with other writers, grow your own skills, and feel confident in your next career step.

I look forward to working with you.

C.J.