Discovering your most productive time of day is just smart. Timing and environment can have a profound impact both on how quickly we write and on the quality of what we produce. But I suggest you can become more productive as a writer by paying attention to the length and frequency of your writing sessions.
The internet is filled with resources on how to query, how many queries to send at a time, and how to write a query letter. But today I want to talk about something that I haven't seen discussed nearly as much: The fact that many querying writers shelve a manuscript without actually having sent out … Continue reading Querying Is A Numbers Game
How many times do you find yourself in a waiting room, on a bus, sitting outside a restaurant waiting for the rest of your party . . . and to pass the time, you pull out your phone. You might be thinking it's the perfect opportunity to catch up on social media or to shoot off some … Continue reading Mindful Details: Paying Attention to the World Around You
Last month I had the privilege of speaking to sixth graders graduating from elementary school. Around this same time my debut novel was releasing. Writing this talk was a monumental task, as I had never given a commencement speech before. But my rambling thoughts turned out well enough that I want to share an abridged … Continue reading A Hero Worth Cheering On
We are thrilled to welcome our newest contributor Yamile Saied Méndez! Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling was published 20 years ago. I was eighteen, still living in Argentina, and although I’ve always been a reading addict, I wouldn’t find Harry Potter for a few more years. Oh, how I would’ve … Continue reading The Boy Who Lived and Changed my Life
Settle down, my friends. Pull up a chair. Or a couch. Or a bed. Or sprawl on the floor, if that's your preference. But get comfortable, because today we're going to be talking about some hard truths. Many, many times in the last few months, I've heard variations of the same two themes coming out … Continue reading Let’s Stop The Writerly Blame Game
It creeps under doorways, rises through vents, incorporating everything and everyone in its path, zapping them of energy, physical and mental. It’s a destroyer of focus and productivity, causing its victims to write at a snail’s pace, stare at blank screens, and abandon projects. I call it the Sludge, and I’ve been trying to wade … Continue reading Trudging Through Sludge