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? 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?
"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
(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
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
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
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
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
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
I don't like questions like this. It's similar to asking if pointe shoes hurt. Well....I mean I am balancing my whole body weight on my toes, it doesn't exactly feel like fluffy pillows. (I do understand why people ask this question, but it was the only similarity I could think of). So is writing difficult? … Continue reading Is Writing Easy? Does it Matter?