Thursday, September 20, 2018

Need A Book Whisperer?


I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir when I say that we all get stuck in a story once in a while. Sometimes, the next chapter is this elusive unicorn that just can't be found.

I was recently in this situation.

I began writing, bells on, fairy dust sprinkling from my fingers as I typed the first five chapters. I said to myself: "This is going to be my first full length horror novel. The first thing I'm going to actually query!😱 This is going to be THE ONE!!" 

Then, 70 pages or so later, it happened. My inner dialogue with myself changed. I had doubts. I'd forgotten where I was going. All my hopes were dashed and I started saying things like: "Oh man, I've written myself into a corner. I'm completely screwed!πŸ˜«πŸ˜” NOW WHAT!!!!???"

So I started looking for a Book Whisperer, an elusive creature (much like a unicorn) that I thought only existed in writer's dreams. Imagine my surprise when I actually found one! 

Lanie Goodell is just starting out, but she's known to her friend's as the Book Whisperer. And for good reason. 

I posted a tweet a while back looking for help with my lost project. I don't know if this is true for all writers and creators, but for me, when I lose a project, it's almost like someone died. I wasn't ready to bury the possibilities for my novel "The Seed", so I sent it to Lanie.

I thought, what could it hurt? Having a fresh pair of eyes look at my story and let me know where I might go next. When Lanie took the job of unraveling my messy throughlines, I simply asked her to read 70 pages of manuscript and give me an idea of where she thought the next scene in the book should go. 

She did better than I could have ever hoped. Not only did she 'unstick my story', she presented me with an idea not just for the next scene, but for the entire ending of the novel! It's hard for me to tell you how much her notes helped me move on with the plot and through the writer's block that comes with feeling defeated. 

She understood my story. She saw where I was trying to go, she clarified the parts I saw as blurry and helped me find my way.  I can't recommend her services enough. This was a real game changer for me. 

I feel like I'm an okay writer, but I have a tendency to get overwhelmed with plot sometimes. It makes finishing a novel seem downright impossible. Now, that I know Lanie, I know that it doesn't have to be like that for me anymore. I might get stuck, but I don't have stay 'stuck'. There are people who can help and Ms. Lanie Goodell definitely one of those people.

I encourage you to email her if you find yourself in book jail like I did.😜 Her prices are very reasonable / competitive and you won't be disappointed. In fact, I bet she'll have you writing again in no time.


Link to her services page:


Lanie Goodell runs an awesome blog on Wordpress here:

She's the author of Salvagium, soon to be out his year. She also writes short stories, poetry and often blogs about mental health and writing.

To follow Lanie on Twitter, check out her profile here: @MeliG321

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