Julie Artz spent her young life sneaking into wardrobes searching for Narnia. When people started to think that was creepy, she went in search of other ways to go on mystical adventures. Now she finds those long-sought doors to magical story worlds in her work as an author, editor, and book coach. An active member of the writing community, she has volunteered for SCBWI, TeenPit, and Pitch Wars and is a member of EFA, the Authors Guild, and AWP. A social and environmental justice minded story geek, Julie lives in an enchanted forest outside of Redmond, Washington, with her husband, two strong-willed teenagers, and a trio of naughty furry familiars. Check out her weekly newsletter, Wyrd Words Weekly, and subscribe today.
[Wyrd Words Weekly] A one-two punch for critique partner success
When I was writing my first novel (you know, back when I was in my 20s and dinosaurs still roamed the Earth), I didn't know any other writers. The internet was just becoming a thing, so I did take some online classes and received some helpful emailed feedback from a couple of kind...
Do you dream of writing a book? Not just any book—your book. Your collection of stories, your novel, your memoir.
For too many people, writing a book stays in the dream realm. They never get started on it. Or they start, but so often, never finish.
But it doesn’t have to be like...
Do you aspire to write a novel in 2023? I do! But I've also got a business to run and a busy family life. Sometimes I struggle to fit it all in.
Is it possible to write your book in only a few writing sessions a week?
But is it as easy as some people make it sound?
So many of us dream of a life spent telling stories, but at the same time have trouble getting started. If that sounds familiar, you're definitely not alone, but what exactly is it that’s holding you back?
Is it that you’re unsure whether or not your idea is good enough? Do you...
Happy New Year, friends! I always love the feeling of a fresh start that the new year brings and this year is full of exciting events.
First, I'm opening registration for the next round of my critique partner matching service, CP Meet Cute. And, as an added bonus, I'll be hosting a...
Merry Christmas Reader,
I'm hunkered down with my family enjoying the twinkling lights, the gentle snowfall, and of course, some kitty snuggles. But I wanted to send a quick note with my warm holiday wishes.
I'm so thankful to have you as part of my writing community.
I talked about how worn-down I'd been feeling last week. So this week I want to share one of my favorite ways to get myself out of a slump--reading!
You've heard me talk about the importance of reading like a writer before. But this newsletter isn't about that. It's about reading...
Anyone else feeling totally depleted about now? *raises hand*
I know, I know, I run a business that's all around slaying doubt demons, creating with confidence, [insert a zillion uplifting and positive statments here]. But the truth is, I ran out of gas sometime last week and have...
As someone who works with writers for a living, I'm constantly on the look-out for stories. And if I can't uncover the actual story, well, I make one up. I dream about things like the mystery of the elderly lady down the street from me who puts fully dressed mannequins on her front...
If you've been in my community for a while, you've probably heard me talk here, on social media, and even on podcasts about silencing the inner editor. Then my extremely wise and thoughtful client, Sara Avant Stover, posted this Reel, in which she lists the reasons she never tells...