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Julie Artz | author, editor, book coach, dragon

Julie Artz helps writers who dream of a life spent telling stories that matter slay their doubt demons so they can send their work out into the world with confidence. 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 Seattle, Washington, with her husband, two strong-willed teenagers, and a couple of naughty furry familiars. Check out her weekly newsletter, Wyrd Words Weekly, and subscribe today.

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[Wyrd Words Weekly] Writer's Block is not a thing

Hello Reader, I don't really believe in writer's block. Before you hit delete or fire off your rebuttal to my controversial statement, let me clarify that I don't beleive in writer's block, but I do know writers get stuck sometimes. The truth is, there's no wicked virus or affliction out there that infects our creative brain and keeps us from writing. Instead, I've found clients come to me with one of several reasons behind their "stuckness:" Doubt Demons - Fear is the biggest culprit when...

10 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, When I dig into a new story, I always go through a honeymoon period where I'm so excited about the idea that I've forgotten just how tricky writing that zero draft can be. During this honeymoon phase, the ideas come at me faster than I can type them up and sometimes I even get what my family calls "story brain," when I get caught staring at the wall thinking about my story when I'm supposed to be talking to them or getting myself ready or really doing any number of other things...

5 days ago • 5 min read

Hello Reader, I'd like to give a special welcome to folks just joining us from ProWritingAid's Romance Writers' Week. I'm so glad you're here (and just in time to celebrate!). There's nothing better in the life of a book coach than witnessing a hard-fought client win, which is one of the reasons it's been a pretty fabulous week around here. My friend, client, and fellow book coach Suzette Mullen celebrated the release of her heart-wrenching, vulnerable, empowering memoir, The Only Way...

11 days ago • 2 min read

Hello Reader, What's the best gift you've ever received? When we think of gifts, we often think of things that come in shiny packages with beautiful ribbons and bows. Or a birthday cake with candles and delicious icing. And I love those too (who doesn't?). But the best gift I got for my birthday this past week was one I gave myself: Time. OK, there was birthday cake too. I'm not a monster :) That's right. I gifted myself a writing retreat. Three whole days to write with no other...

18 days ago • 3 min read

Hello Reader, Scene is the smallest unit of story, the atom in Story's Periodic Table. And yet it can be difficult to identify what a scene is and how it functions in our stories. A scene: Is a finite, relatively short moment in time... Takes place in one concrete location/setting... Has a beginning, middle, and end... Contains a MOMENT OF CHANGE that moves the story forward by advancing the plot, character, or world-building (or all three!). Just like your larger story, your scenes have a...

25 days ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Have you ever received feedback on your writing that crushed your dreams? It feels awful, doesn't it? When I first started writing novel-length work, there was a now-defunct website where you could post chapters for peer feedback. I was eager to share my work there so I could figure out what was working and what wasn't. I soon met one of the most active members of the writing community, someone whose username on the site promised that he'd be tough. I suspect you know where...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Hello Reader, Last month, we dug into the big-picture details that writers need to establish when creating a blueprint for their book. It was a lively discussion of everything from comp titles to genre to tropes and more. And I could tell some of the participants were in that initial honeymoon stage of a new book project. Don't you love that feeling? Because when a story's brand-new, it exists in complete perfection in your mind. It's an idea, a feeling, a dazzling tidbit of inspiration. But...

about 1 month ago • 3 min read

Hello Reader, So often, I write about how to overcome the disappointments and challenges of the writing life. This week, I'm thrilled to write about one of my all-time favorite success stories. Writing and publishing a book is a huge accomplishment no matter the circumstances. But sometimes it's made sweeter by the backstory surrounding it and that's definitely the case with my friend, client, and fellow book coach Suzette Mullen's story. You see, when she first reached out to Author...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hello Reader, I've been feeling really introspective these past few weeks. The nostalgia of being back in Florida, being reunited with our college-aged son, and the turn of the new year all put me in a reflective mood. Mixed in with the usual excitement of a fresh start was a good sprinkle of regret over what I didn't accomplish in 2023. I've been in this funny space the past few years. I had a major health scare and surgery in 2019, which I'm fortunate to have moved past now, but it left me...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Hello Reader, Chances are you're spending a little bit of time this week both reflecting on how things went in 2023 and looking forward to what you want 2024 to look like. And if you're anything like me, your creative life is probably on the list of things you're thinking about. Although I'm not a big New Years Resolution person, I always spend time setting some intentions for the new year. Resolutions have started to feel a bit too hustle-culture for me, so I love the gentler aspect of...

about 2 months ago • 3 min read
Julie's 2023 Book Recommendations

Hello Reader, As the major bookish publications release their end-of-year best-of books lists, I always like to spend a little time thinking about what my favorite reads were over the last year. And of course, I love to share them in case you're looking for some holiday gift ideas or just stocking your TBR pile for Winter Break. My full list of 2023 Holiday Book Recommendations is available on Bookshop.org, but here are my favorites, presented in a list of light-hearted "awards."...

2 months ago • 4 min read
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