Last month, I wrote a pep talk of sorts for people dealing with an existential crisis about being a writer. I received a lot of positive feedback from friends who said that it really helped them. And while I’m thrilled to hear things like that, I have a confession: I wrote that post as much … Continue reading Writer, Defined
Even if you have no interest in ever running a marathon (or even a 5K), if you’re “competing” in the 50K/30.0 “marathon” of NaNoWriMo, you’re still a marathoner in my book.
Recently, a gentleman new to my neighborhood posed a question that every writer must grapple with at some point. Over the last few months, our interactions have mostly been of the greet-in-passing variety, until recently, when he stopped me and asked an important question. “How do you find the motivation to write the next book?” … Continue reading Motivation Is Not the Problem
Every author, published or not-yet-published, goes through spurts of wanting to quit. I recently had one of those moments. It took a day or two of me thinking about how I’m not sure if I can complete the task ahead, or complete the revisions needed, and get the right words on paper. I don’t have … Continue reading The World Needs YOUR Words
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
We are all storytellers here, and today's post is about my most recent experiences with one specific form of storytelling: live theater. Due to ridiculous good fortune and a particularly skilled friend, I found myself in possession of a (reasonably priced!) ticket to see one of the very first performances of Hamilton in San … Continue reading The World is Wide Enough: Rethinking the “-er” and the “-est”
Sometimes we have a retreat, and we want to write ALLLLLLL the words ALLLLL day, but we get there, and... our brains don't cooperate. Sometimes we're trying to finish a project over several months time, and it's just not...happening. Here are few tips to help you reset and start writing again: 1. Take a … Continue reading 13 Ways to Get OUT of Your Writerly Funk