Growing Roots

I have three trees growing in my house. And a handful of acorns in the back of my fridge, ready for the spring. So, of course, yesterday I found pine seeds scattered all over my porch from the wind and couldn’t help myself. Now they’re in my fridge, sealed in a plastic bag with a…

A Writer’s Life: Expectation

What keeps a writer going? That’s an interesting question. On the surface, it’s easy to rattle off a long list. Love of the story, dedication to their craft, or—as we talked about last week—determination. But I’m inclined to think that at the base of it all, whether we admit it or not, the driving force…

A Writer’s Life: Determination

If you were to ask me what quality has gotten me through eight manuscripts, a thousand edits, and seven years of ups and downs, I would immediately tell you one thing. Pure, cussed stubbornness. Or, if you want to be elegant about it: determination. In my case, they’re pretty close to the same thing. Determination…

A Writer’s Life: Waiting

No one likes to wait. Whether we’re in the movie theater, in line at the bank, or refreshing your email browser, no one enjoys that feeling. Some of us ease the wait by playing on our phones, bringing a book along, or daydreaming, but the result is the same. Time wasted. Stuck in a place we’d…

A Writer’s Life: Joy

Writer, what makes you joyful? Like, singing-at-the-top-of-your-lungs joyful? So joyful that you just want to put on some crazy music and dance in your kitchen? Do you know? I actually had to think pretty hard to figure out what it was that made me that joyful. Spending quality time with people I love, flowers, music,…

A Writer’s Life: Comparison

Have you ever heard the saying, “Comparison is the thief of joy”? If so, you’re not the only one. I’ve heard that saying a hundred different places, and it always rings true. However, I would like to take it a step further and say that comparison is the thief of creativity. Our stories are very…

A Writer’s Life: Doubt

Have you ever questioned whether you were a real writer or not? I have. I think every true writer has at one time or another. Poor reviews, harsh critiques, and even harsher rejections take their toll, but beyond these, I think there is an innate whisper is every writer’s mind that suggests—just suggests mind—that we…

A Writer’s Life: Perfectionism

Have you ever fixed—and deleted—the same sentence a twenty different times and still felt like you just . . . didn’t get it? Me too. It happens to me all the time. So does staring at one word for so long that it ceases to look like a real word and becomes an abomination against…

A Writer’s Life: Details

A writer’s life is in the details. Have you ever noticed this? Of course, our stories are about grand adventures, life-changing events, and worlds and people that only belong in our minds. But where the story really catches a reader—where it connects, where it makes them pause and linger because in that sentence they were…

A Writer’s Life: Routines

Writing is hard. And not just because I’m typing this with one hand because I’m cuddling a child in the other. I’m actually remarkably good at typing with one hand. I’m versatile like that. No, writing is hard for a whole different set of reasons. Time constraints, previous commitments, and life tend to get in…