Studying Away

Today, the trees outside my house are stuff with frost and almost shockingly white against the blue sky. It’s cold. It’s been cold for days. It will be cold for many more days. I haven’t decided yet whether I’m sick of cold, but I’m definitely getting there. I want to go outside again. And not…

Investing

Does anyone else ever get a weird urge to completely reinvent themselves and focus all their time and energy on a new hobby until you’ve perfected it? Yeah, me too. This week, it was drawing. I can’t actually draw, of course. But I would like to someday. I would like to be able to draw…

A Phoenix

I got interviewed for a podcast for my job last month. It was very exciting. I’ve been working as an apprentice scriptwriter for sixteen months now, and they figured it was probably time to ask me some questions. You know, get the scoop about what it’s really like to be a writer for an international…

Adapting

I was scheduled to go to a writer’s retreat this last week. Three days in a cabin in Glen Eyre, packed with good food, good friends, and a wonderful mentor. Long walks, gorgeous red rocks, sunsets, and laughter. Obviously, it didn’t happen. There are a lot of things getting canceled just now—for everybody. Flights, concerts,…

Devouring Stories

Last week we started talking about things writers can do to move their careers forward when the next step seems impossibly far off. Sometimes ‘making it as a writer’ seems like it’s full of huge, gigantic leaps forward: finishing a book, finding an agent, getting published, working full-time as a writer, earning this award, being…

What Next Step??

I wrote a post recently about doing the next right thing. Since that’s my version of a New Year’s Resolution, I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot. I also went to go see Frozen 2 over the weekend with my younger sisters. In case you were wondering, it was fabulous. I loved it. But…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Passion

I should tell you something about me, in case we ever meet in person. I always—always—have a story going in my head. Seriously. Every day. It never stops. It might be pushed to the back burner in my brain, I might be able to smile and talk to you and be totally engaged in our…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Hope

Can I ask you a question, just between us writers and anyone else who happens to swing by my blog and see this post? What are you hoping for? When you sit down to write, where do you see your book going? Or, rather, where do you want it to go? What are the big…

Eight Characteristics Of Serious Writers: Work Ethic

I’m going to make a crazy statement to start off today’s post. Are you ready? Here it is. The most talented writers will not necessarily be the most successful. There. I said it. You can lynch me now. Are you shocked by my crazy pronouncement? I don’t take it back. In fact, I stand by…