The year I felt profoundly moved to pursue publication for my novels was—you guessed it—the same year that I got pregnant (after years of infertility, too, which makes it doubly ironic). I jumped into the querying game when my daughter was barely a year old, and sold my first book not long after her third … Continue reading How To Write As A Stay-At-Home Parent
This post is going to be difficult for me to write. Difficult, because that’s what all writing has been for me lately--difficult. And for a very good reason. . . . For many people, writing comes as a solace during difficult times. When someone experiences the loss of a loved one, for instance—like I did … Continue reading Writing (or not) After Loss
Next Tuesday, my sophomore novel, Paper Chains, will be released into the world. In the weeks ahead, I’ve got school visits, a book festival, a writing conference, a library event, and the high-profile privilege of being interviewed by a fourth grader (one of the perks of writing for kids.) This particular fourth grader asked some really … Continue reading Story Soup -or- Where Do You Get Your Ideas?
My mother was an artist. She got her degree in commercial art and taught high school art for many years. On her own time, she liked to pursue a variety of creative projects, from needlework to portraiture in oils. Most of that, though, I remember from my childhood. By my teen years, I don’t have … Continue reading Make Time to Create
Who am I? Who do I want to be? How do I define myself as a writer? We all ask ourselves these questions from time to time. Self-reflection is inevitable when we face frequent rejections and pour so much of our hearts onto the page for the sake of art. Our personal and creative identities … Continue reading Exploring Your Writing Identity
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.
In my post from last month, "How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?" I talked about how authors of young adult books are including more profanity, sexual situations, drug use, and other controversial content in their novels. I was really curious to find out in greater detail what readers of all ages … Continue reading Survey Analysis: How Far Is Too Far? How Much Is Too Much?