The Power of a 7-Day Writing Retreat with a Literary Agent

July 11, 2016By Christina Delay

It wasn’t until our first writing retreat with literary agent, Deidre Knight, president of The Knight Agency, that I realized the immeasurable value of getting to spend seven straight days with a top professional in the writing industry. A typical agent – aspiring author conversation happens under ten minutes with talk central to the author’s story. There … Read More

An Introvert Writer’s Guide to Navigating a Cruise Ship

July 8, 2016By Christina Delay

By Julie Glover, Young Adult Author 2015 RWA® Golden Heart® Finalist I’m an introvert, through and through. While some mistake introversion for shyness, it’s really about where you get your energy. Although I enjoy people and can be quite talkative, being among bunches of people for long periods of time tuckers me out. It’s like being … Read More

How Margie Lawson’s Teachings Changed My Life

July 4, 2016By Christina Delay

Have you ever met someone and knew, from like the first second, that they would change your life? Margie Lawson was that person for me.   A little over three years ago, I was struggling as a writer. I had done all I could on my own and I knew enough to know what I … Read More

Why a Writing Cruise is Integral to Deep Character Research

July 1, 2016By Christina Delay

By Julie Glover We gathered on deck for the ship’s safety talk that precedes every cruise. Huddled into assigned groups, we signed away any comfortable personal space and waited for the all-clear signal to disperse. Which took a long time. I scanned the crowd, curious about those around me who had also boarded the ship. … Read More

Why It’s Imperative to Take a Life Break as a Writer

June 27, 2016By Christina Delay

I opened a life bank account about a year ago to help keep me productive. What’s a life bank account? Well, it’s like a regular account, only instead of dollars, I have hours. Or minutes. Sometimes seconds. Regardless, each day, I start fresh with twelve hours in my life bank account. It’s up to me … Read More

Why a Writing Cruise has the biggest Return on Investment

June 24, 2016By Christina Delay

Guest post by Melinda VanLone, author of the House of Xannon series I’ve attended a lot of conferences over the past several years. Everything from RWA to ThrillerFest, from DragonCon to Cruising Writers. I’ve learned something from all of them, but the one I found most inspiring, with the most return on my investment, was Cruising Writers. … Read More

Can Writers Control Their Muse?

June 20, 2016By Christina Delay

Muses are probably the most cursed beings to ever exist. When they visit, they bring with them the highest of highs…creative power. Artists, writers, and philosophers have long praised the muse. And cursed her when she left.    I wish I could write easily. I’m one of those guys who’s visited by the muse when … Read More

4 Truths about Writing and Dancing on a Cruise Ship

June 17, 2016By Christina Delay

When I took the inaugural Cruising Writers trip in December 2015 on my very first writing cruise, I hadn’t been clubbing in a gazillion years—give or take a few. But when we had the chance to go dancing one night, several of us cruising writers stepped into the nightclub and took the dance floor, strutting … Read More

Writers Need 4 Types of Creative Infusions

June 13, 2016By Christina Delay

Writers are solitary creatures. We’re mythical beasts that live in caves and produce magic from our fingertips that influence everyone in the world, no exceptions.  A writer is the most powerful creature to exist in the universe.  But even such powerful beings need food and drink and yes, occasionally some company. A writer’s food and drink … Read More

The Pricelessness of Experience

September 22, 2015By Christina Delay

The Unscheduled Value of a Retreat I’ve been to multiple industry conferences. I’ve attended more writing workshops than I have fingers and toes. I’ve participated in and hosted five-day long writing intensives in my home. And if I could place a price tag on each individual experience, the highest valued item would go to… Other … Read More