9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: First Draft

When I was eighteen, I was not the most competent person in the world. Actually, I was pretty clumsy. Which was fine, except that I had a younger brother who was good at everything. And I do mean everything. He could pick up magic tricks after two or three tries, could do a backflip on…

Finding Normal

My new morning commute is forty-five minutes. One way. Does that sound a little crazy to anyone? That means every week I am driving about 7.5 hours back and forth to work . . . not including the time spent on the road if I happen to need a trip to town on a weekend….

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: Learning

Does anyone else wish that there was a manual for being an adult? Like, flip to page 87 for a step-by-step, flawless instructions on how to pay taxes. Page 62 details exactly how to cultivate a healthy relationship and how to extract yourself from a toxic one. Chapter 12. Finances. Here’s how you balance a…

On Your Mark . . . Get Set . . .

Panic! No, not really. Nobody panic. Especially not me. Although I do happen to feel a little panicky right at this moment. Know why? Today is July 1st, and also the first day of my new job, working as a writing assistant for Focus on the Family. Are you shocked? I was. Also very, very…

Coffee Dates: Writing Alone

Good Morning, Creatives! Sometimes I feel like I need a support group for introverts. Like, we can sit in a very small circle with only a few people who really understand us and say, “Hi, my name’s Abigail. Today an extrovert tried to sit down in my bubble and make small talk and I chose…

9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul: The Journey

Good morning, Wordsmith! Guess what? Today, right now, this very moment, marks the beginning of my nine-week series, 9 Truths For A Writer’s Soul. *Drums boom, a chicken squawks, somewhere in the distance a goat is bleating* Are you excited? Because I totally, totally am! Today’s post is all about the journey. As a writer,…

Headed For Home

I’m going to be honest with y’all. I’m writing this while we drive. I think we’re in Alabama right now. Somewhere near Birmingham, I think, although I am directionally challenged and it’s very possible that I’m wrong. Guys. Alabama is hot. Like, ridiculously hot. Like, if it wasn’t so beautiful I would never come here…

Coffee Dates: Overwriter

Good Morning, Creatives! Can I confess something to you guys? Like, heart-to-heart? Good. Because I’m going to anyway. I am a chronic overwriter. Are you shocked? You should be. It’s true. I have a serious problem. My poor, poor editor is constantly having to cut things back and tell me to rein it in 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…

Road Trip

Guys. I’m probably lost. Like, lost lost. Somewhere in-between Virginia and Florida. I think the GPS knows where we are, but I lost track way back in Missouri. This has been a TRIP. And it’s not even halfway over yet. As far as I can recall (because I blacked out a few times and slept…