Bookstores are a writer’s crack house. I walk down the aisles, dancing my fingers over the bindings, lips quivering, wanting a fix. Sure, I get out my hand sanitizer after, but while I’m touching the spines, I imagine the characters and stories within those pages. Countless authors’ blood, sweat, and tears...
This week’s Balls of Steel is coming at you early simply because its time-sensitive contents include an opportunity I truly believe you should take advantage of. Many of my network have asked me how to find a mentor after reading last week’s Balls of Steel: How Far Will You Go? I...
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch When the above quote appeared in my Twitter stream, it gave me pause. “Comfort zone” is an expression we use often, but rarely contemplate its meaning or how it affects our daily choices, both as writers and humans....
No matter how seasoned you are, rejection always stings. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman recalls the sweet burn of being bitchslapped by Sundance and outlines the “teachable moments” inherent in every denial.
PitchFests are packed with eager writers full of hope and big dreams. Their expectations are sky high, head in the clouds, dreaming of a world where one pitching event would change their destiny. While it’s beautiful up there, you’re better off keeping your feet and expectations on the ground.
Jeanne Veillette Bowerman learns how to deal with being a "miserable control freak," and offers advice on juggling multiple projects.
One thing Jeanne Veillette Bowerman has learned over the years is a single plan is never enough.
Dorothy’s journey to OZ is not unlike a writer’s journey to Hollywood. We need a little help from our friends; however, it’s critical to choose those who guide you wisely. After all, she had to stand in front of the Wizard and give the pitch of her life!
Countless writers have asked Jeanne Veillette Bowerman how a recovering insecureaholic like her could have grown "balls of steel." But it was a specific string of direct messages on Twitter that made her realize the importance of sharing her path to fearlessness.
Patience is paramount when it comes to both getting a project produced and learning your writing partner’s habits. But patience can also be the killer of a project – a slow infectious cancer that will suck the energy out of your work and your soul.