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Christine Royse Niles — Changing the world one word at a time

A Gift For You

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Could you use some encouragement and practical advice to clear up the mystery of what it means to be a writer?

In Eight Essentials: Keys to Success for New Writers, I share eight lessons I wish I had known from the beginning — lessons that could have saved me a lot of time and energy.

In addition, The Secret is a short eBook that might encourage you when you hit one of those days when you just plain can’t keep going.

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How to Capture the Perfect Idea

Writers debate the topic of ideas a lot. Most fall into two distinct camps: ideas as mystery gifts and ideas as precious gems.

But what if there was a better way to never run out of great ideas to write about?

Why You Give Up On Your Goals (and how to prevent it)

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Have you ever decided it was time to get fit (or write a book, or declutter, or, or, or…)?

Excitement is rocket-fuel for a new goal. But at some point, the Red Bull wears off and things get harder. Here are some tips to help push through.

Four Things Writers Can Stop Stressing About Right Now

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Writers stress out about a lot of things, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are four things you can stop stressing out about today.

Advice For Moving Forward Toward Your Dream

I’m honored to be a guest today on Tammy Helfrich’s podcast, Right Where You Are. I share my story about adoption, becoming a writer, leaving my corporate job, and a little bit about Eight Essentials. I encourage you guys to pop on over and check it out.

Fiction Friday: Sinkhole


Jody snapped back in his seat when the car’s tail hit the bottom of the hole. Jagged pavement, torn re-bar, and broken glass now framed the bright blue sky. He whipped his gaze to Jen, dozing in the passenger seat just seconds before. Now she stared toward him, eyes wide, breath frozen.