Pushing Through It: Writing With Chronic Pain

Writing The Most Important Thing when I have Fibromyalgia

I have been struggling with pain for years. Dealing with being forgetful and blaming it all on, “I’m getting older.” I don’t think you can use that excuse at 36. I’m usually the type of person who keeps their struggles to themselves, but I’ve recently discovered that sometimes sharing your experiences can help other people who are going through the same thing. This page is all about being a resource for other independent authors. I want it to be a space where you can find help and advice for all of the struggles that an independent author might face and one of those is writing through illness. Continue reading

How To Get Your Self-Published Book Into Stores

How to get your self published book into stores

You’ve written a book. You’ve gone through the long and sometimes aggravating process of editing, and you’ve given your book out to friends for a response. If you’re anything like me, and I assume you are because you’re here reading this, you want to be able to walk into a store and see your book on a shelf. If that’s your dream, well then keep reading and I’ll tell you how I went about it.
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The Most Important Thing: My Favorite Chapter

Cover of The Most Important Thing by M. E. Matthews

When I look back on writing my first published novel, I’ll have to say that this was my favorite chapter to write. It’s a simple flashback that the main character has about her marriage. Their conversation illustrates a lot about their characters and it was also fun to write. Also, while you read it, (even though it’s never stated), if you read Jeff’s part with a New York accent it’s even funnier. Continue reading

Dear Losers of NaNoWriMo


Dear Losers of NaNoWriMo,

I use that term loosely because I don’t think you’re losers at all.

I have a love/hate relationship with National Novel Writer’s Month. I love the community that NaNoWriMo fosters. Writers are very isolated creatures. We need a space to call home and a tribe that understands us. I would say we need that more than we need oxygen. It’s hard to explain to your spouse why you’re up at three in the morning banging your head against the wall because you forgot that awesome paragraph you just wrote in your head but now with pen and paper in hand, it’s gone. The community that NaNoWriMo attempts to foster on and offline is worth its weight in gold. I applaud that. Continue reading