We write about our lives as independent authors—the trials and tribulations, as well as the successes. We’ll also have all the latest news, including new release information and upcoming sales! So be sure to check back for your insider information into the lives of The Scriptors.

Inspiration Versus Success

Recently, two things have worked in tandem to make me realize a lot about myself and creativity. First, I've taken a job doing transcription. Second, I've had to suffer through continual banging on my roof, as the contractors had today to work on it... My only day off...

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The Danger of Conquering the Muse

I never know what book I’m going to write next, not really. I can plan and schedule and figure out how many words I need to write on this or that project by this or that date, but when it comes down to it, I never know which path my inspiration will take me. It...

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Learning to be Good Enough

My name is Lisa and I'm a perfectionist. I'm not sure I like the word 'perfectionist' because it presupposes that I think I can be perfect, which I don't. Maybe driven is a better word. Or intensely self-critical. Yeah. That's it. And, sadly, I don't think there's a...

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My God, It’s Full of Stars!

Like most authors, I "stalk" reviewers on Amazon or Goodreads. I don't care about them individually (so don't worry), but I'm always interested to see how my stuff stacks up. What it's taught me is that every person's use of the star rating system is unique, which is...

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This Is the Summer of my Discontent

Summers are hard for me, because I have the summer version of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Some years, such as this one, it exists in conjunction with a separate episode of Major Depression. It's a bit like how water damage and mold was coexisting on my ceiling last...

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Struggle as Feedback: Writing With Self-Compassion

In April of 2016, I started a meditation practice. I took up meditation to help manage my anxiety and depression, which had spun out of control despite medication and exercise. As if by cosmic serendipity, the podcasts and blogs I consumed at the time all began...

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On Writing for Yourself

Every author has ideas they want to get out into the world. Sometimes, the story isn't about finding an audience. Sometimes, the story isn't about gaining readers. Sometimes, the story is written for the sole benefit of the author. I'm speaking specifically about my...

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Another Book, Another Release Day

Today, I released my second novel out into the wild, and it’s a bit surreal and almost shockingly normal-feeling compared to the release of my first book. With The Brass Giant, I was terrified of failure. Terrified of everything that might go wrong. I felt like I was...

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Back to the Word Mines

I started writing my first novel (don't worry - it's safely trunked on my hard drive) in the summer of 2004. As of today, I am 8,000 words into my twelfth. In the past twelve years, I've written upwards of two million words, between novels, blogging, short fiction,...

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How I Do It

One of the fringe benefits, I guess, of serializing longer works in shorter chunks, is that I’ve iterated a lot the last couple years. In fact, I’m about to produce my eighth title in the last 24 months. It’s really taught me how I write. Not how TO write. But how I...

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Musings of a Mermare

I spent last weekend at Bronycon, the world's largest My Little Pony convention. I cosplayed a mermare, something that has yet to appear on the current TV show (Friendship is Magic), but which has been featured in a picture book and the comics. I got to walk around...

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