There is a tricky situation that occurs in the lives of writers. To people who are not engaged in some kind of similar creative pursuit, explaining a difficult day can be met with expressions of disbelief. “You mean sitting in your seat and typing words was hard? Exhausting? Really?” These people may also not understand … Continue reading Are you a Whole-Hearted Writer?
A friend of mine posted a video of Jake Gyllenhaal singing “Finishing a Hat” from Sunday in the Park with George, which is one of my favorite shows and is on Broadway for a short run right now. One of the reasons I love this show is it’s about the process of making art as … Continue reading The Writing Life: Making Art
I've recently discovered the joy of listening to podcasts while doing things around the house--such as washing dishes or folding laundry. And as a writer, I've been happy to discover that there are lots of podcasts specifically about writing. But I'm not going to talk about those today. I'm going to talk about all of … Continue reading Non-Writing Podcasts For Writing Inspiration
Writing is hard enough, but it becomes even harder when the people close to you don't understand that you're a writer. That it's not just a hobby or a passing fad. That it is, in fact, a priority. Writing is important to you, but maybe you simply can't share it with the people that you care about most. Maybe when … Continue reading When They Don’t Understand That You’re a Writer
Raise your hand if you’ve ever stared too long at someone because you were trying to memorize their features for a character description. Ten points if there was awkward eye contact. Twenty-five if it was a work colleague, and you were casting a villain. There’s a whole lot of great advice out there for developing … Continue reading Writing Real People in Unreal Settings
A thing happened after I finished (and resubmitted) my most recent work in progress. I didn’t know what to work on next. Did I have more ideas? Yes. Are all of them something I’m interested in writing? Yes. But that does not mean I had any idea where I should go next. This is partially … Continue reading Writer’s Identity Crisis
Happy Love Day everyone! It's that special time of the year where we shower those we love with gifts, compliments, and all the things we should be doing anyway throughout the year. So what about that other love you have? What about writing? Doesn't that special part of you need a little reminder of what … Continue reading The Love of Writing