Should You Read Nonfiction as a Fiction Writer?

I don't know about anyone else, but I LOVE reading nonfiction. Evidence: Writers are constantly berated with the fact that they need to read fiction. That they need to read within their genre. And WE DO NEED TO READ FICTION. I mean, we make fiction, so we better be familiar with it. But you know … Continue reading Should You Read Nonfiction as a Fiction Writer?

Am I a Good Writer?

Any artist of any medium (dance, painting, writing) will probably wonder at some point, "Am I a good [insert thing]?" In our case, "Am I a good writer?"  My first thought about this is CAUTION. *alarm bells and tornado sirens* This can lead down a deep, dark worm hole, from whence you may never return. … Continue reading Am I a Good Writer?

How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine

I got a little secret for you. Here, come closer. THERE IS NO PERFECT WRITING ROUTINE. There. I said it. It's easy to become the writer who is constantly searching for the perfect writing routine/method. They bundle their belongings on a stick and go out searching, searching, and searching, like they are looking for El … Continue reading How to Find the Perfect Writing Routine

How Long Should You Step Away from a Writing Project?

How long should you step away from a writing project? It's common advice to take breaks from projects. You finish a first draft and put it in a drawer for a while before looking at it again. If you are frustrated with something you step away from it for a while. But what's a while??  … Continue reading How Long Should You Step Away from a Writing Project?

Should You Treat Writing like Work?

Should you treat writing like work?  First, there are a few questions you need to answer: Do you want be published? Do you want to make a career out of writing? Is this your calling? If you have answered yes to any of those questions (or all three), then yes, you should treat writing like … Continue reading Should You Treat Writing like Work?

What a Writer Wants for Christmas

"On the twelfth day before Christmas my true love gave to me..." Twelves days till Christmas. Twelve days. The reindeer are stamping in their stables, choir boys are rushing to get to practice, and people are walking on the snowy streets window shopping and buying more tinsel. And while you're shopping about, don't forget the writers. … Continue reading What a Writer Wants for Christmas

“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

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

How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants

As a young buck (erm, young writer I mean), I thought outlining was just for scholars, essays, and all that red tape stuff.  Who knew outlining applied to novels as well. Since I discovered outlining was used for novels (and wasn't as boring and tedious as it is for essays), I have started outlining. Some things. … Continue reading How to Write By the Seat of Your Pants