“Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

(I think the title of this post might get people feeling a little bitter. Just hold your horses, OK?) Once upon a time, I was filling out college applications. (It wasn't that long ago but it feels like it was back with the pterodactyls and velociraptors.) One of the most painful parts of this process was writing essays … Continue reading “Why” You Write Doesn’t Matter

What I’m Thankful for About Being a Writer

It's almost thanksgiving! (As in it's tomorrow.). At least it is in my part of the world. In honor of this holiday of pies, turkeys, thankfulness, and American history, I decided to write a post about thankfulness because why not. (Basically this way I didn't have to think up anything clever for a blog post.) … Continue reading What I’m Thankful for About Being a Writer

Why You Should Write for Yourself.

A famous man once said, "You should write for yourself." Let's start this again... SO THERE'S THIS SAYING, that you should write for yourself.  Like, that sounds pretty selfish right? I mean, the world doesn't revolve around ourselves. So, why should our writing?? It shouldn't, obviously. But this isn't about the why you write, this … Continue reading Why You Should Write for Yourself.

Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstien

It's ALL HALLOW'S EVE (THAT'S HALLOWEEN PEOPLE.) and that means: *drumroll* LEAVES! CANDY! WALKING AROUND IN COSTUMES! But anyway. Last year I wrote When You Find out You're a Writer (and Arsenic and Old Lace). So THIS year, I did another themed post, but this one is: *drumroll again please* When You Have a New … Continue reading Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstien

Why Autumn is Such a Great Time to Write

It's FALL. That means sweaters, pumpkins, lattes, leaf piles, and owls and foxes on EVERYTHING. No more bugs! No more 90 degrees! And even the scent of dying leaves smells good! I love fall. It is truly a great time of year. I think it is especially a great time of year to do one … Continue reading Why Autumn is Such a Great Time to Write

If You Want to Catch a Writer…

If you want to catch a writer (heaven knows why. They'll probably just eat all your books and steal all your paper), there are some things you'll need to know once you lay hands on this mythical creature.  The writer.  You'll need a place to put your writer. Preferably put them somewhere where they can … Continue reading If You Want to Catch a Writer…

All a Writer Need is…

Love, love is all you need! *takes off headphones* Did you say something? Sorry, I was groov'in. I believe that there is an overall concurrence within the general public that the breed of people known as writers don't need much.  OK, fine, fine, fine, FINE. Maybe writers are a little demanding, but we only want total perfection here. … Continue reading All a Writer Need is…

It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer

The problem with being a writer (and there are many) is that even if you are writing full time, it really never is a 9-5. Because even if you quit at 5, sit down on your couch, and turn on your favorite show, there is something looking over your shoulder, a dark cloud looming over … Continue reading It’s Hard to Take a Vacation When You’re a Writer

How to Stay Alive as a Writer

You are a writer. You read novels and books on writing craft. You spend hours practicing writing and editing. You go to conferences and writing workshops. Well, that's great. But that is keeping the writer alive. It's not keeping you alive.  Yes, we are actually human beings after all. While I am no health professional, … Continue reading How to Stay Alive as a Writer

When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

The setting:  Early, grey morning. I'm half asleep, having been awake all night blowing my nose (spring/summer allergies. BOOOO). I just discovered that I must add 20,000 to my suspense novel.  20,000 words I have NO IDEAS FOR. And I am exhausted, and my brain is melted and full of snot. So, what do I do? This … Continue reading When You Don’t Feel Like Writing