For The Writer Who Doesn’t Have A Routine

This last week, I sat down with one of my writer friends at a coffee shop. We talked for a long time. About everything. Movies we like, story problems, agents and publishers, and life in general.  It was wonderful. It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to really sit down and have … Continue reading For The Writer Who Doesn’t Have A Routine

Dear Writer, You Are Enough

No two writers are the same. Isn’t that a lovely thought? I know this because I am part of a writer’s group. We meet once a month. Sometimes every third month. What can I say? Life happens. When we do get together, we talk about our work, read each other’s books, and, sometimes, write together. … Continue reading Dear Writer, You Are Enough

For The Writer Who Is Facing Criticism

Writing is an incredibly vulnerable business. Anyone who has ever shared their writing knows this. Not only are we opening up our hearts and sharing pieces of our souls with the world, but we are also exposing ourselves to a great deal of criticism. And the world is full of critics. Unfortunately, there is also … Continue reading For The Writer Who Is Facing Criticism

For The Writer Who Is Tongue-Tied

Shockingly, not every writer is introverted. Really. There are magical extroverted people who can talk about their books and answer questions about their writing career without panicking or breathing into a paper bag or stumbling over their words twelve times. At least, that’s what I’ve heard. I’m an introvert myself, so I wouldn’t really know. … Continue reading For The Writer Who Is Tongue-Tied

For The Writer Who Has Quit One Too Many Times

As a writer, there is nothing quite as exhilarating as a new idea. A new character waltzes in, capturing our attention, and whispering about a story flooded with new possibilities, new dangers, and a love so deep it borders on intoxication. Suddenly, we’re taking the long way home from work, getting lost in the grocery … Continue reading For The Writer Who Has Quit One Too Many Times

For The Writer Who Isn’t Ready For Another Year

The beginning of a new year is an exciting thing. 365 days filled with promise, unsullied by mistakes, unspoiled by bad attitudes or hurtful remarks. A year is a powerful thing, and it’s exciting to have a new one ahead to conquer. Except when it’s not. Sometimes the thought of a new year, combined with … Continue reading For The Writer Who Isn’t Ready For Another Year

For The Writer Who is Afraid

I am going to start this particular post with a horror story. Young or squeamish writers, please hide your eyes. Unsuspecting writer, chatting comfortably with an older relative, friend from high school, or new acquaintance. “Well, between work and writing, I don’t have a lot of time—” Excited gasp. (Or possibly judgmental sniff.) “Oh, that’s … Continue reading For The Writer Who is Afraid

The Reality Of Being an Author

This morning, I woke up to find that my bank account was maxed out. Overdrawn, actually. Not the best news to find out on a Monday morning, especially when every penny I’ve made in the last several months has gone toward absolute essentials. Bills. Groceries. That’s about it. This is humiliating for me to admit, … Continue reading The Reality Of Being an Author

For The Writer Who Needs Fresh Perspective

Have you ever sat down to write, managed a sentence, or a page, or a blog post, and then thought, this sounds familiar? And then realized it is familiar, because it’s the same idea you had three weeks ago? I have. And I am absolutely certain that I cannot be the only one who does … Continue reading For The Writer Who Needs Fresh Perspective

For The Writer Who Is In A Hurry

We live in a world of instant noodles. I know, that’s not the way that statement usually goes, but I like this way better. No one likes to be stuck waiting for noodles or wifi or the next season of our favorite show. Instant streaming, Netflix, and Amazon Prime have spoiled us with their quick … Continue reading For The Writer Who Is In A Hurry