River of Thoughts

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

A Gift For You

Feature Box

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.

Get your FREE copies (and updates) by entering your email address here:

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

Running Shoes

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

wad of paper

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.

How to Survive (and Thrive) in a Large Facebook Group

FB Thumb

Facebook groups can be a great way to connect with other people with similar passions or interests. But they can also devour your day if you’re not careful. Here are three easy steps to take back your newsfeed.