Writing and Nanowrimo

Writing advice

I wrote the second draft of my novel. At the end of February, after years of working on it, I finished the first draft of my novel. I stopped and paused to celebrate. I felt very proud of myself. I thought, I'll take a few weeks off, maybe a month. And then I'll move onto draft … Continue reading Writing and Nanowrimo

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It Can Wait

This view is everything

I have spent my entire life uttering the phrase "I can't wait until _______" I can't wait until college. I can't wait until graduation. I can't wait until I can quit this job. I can't wait until I'm a full-time writer. I  can't wait for a house, for a relationship, for trips, for my big … Continue reading It Can Wait

27 Trips Around the Sun

Lake Erie Sunset

Yesterday was my birthday. 27 trips around the sun. When I think about a birthday in that context, it sounds like a really, really long time. I still feel young, like I’ve got so many things to learn, and yet 27 trips around the sun is many. We are so lucky, as contemporary humans on … Continue reading 27 Trips Around the Sun

Future Fears

New York Sunset

I've been thinking a little too much about the future. Or rather, the distant future. It’s been almost too easy lately to get caught in thought spirals that lead me to wondering how I managed to start working a random office job instead of working as a full time writer or wonder why I don't … Continue reading Future Fears

Stop Sabotaging Yourself

Forget me nots

I have realized in these past few weeks that I can be my own worst enemy. Let's back up. This past year or so, I've been working really hard on many creative projects. I've been writing a lot. On this blog, in my novel, on Instagram (yes, I count that as writing). I opened an … Continue reading Stop Sabotaging Yourself

The Green Monster of Writing

Light through the trees

Since I graduated with my MFA in Fiction last summer, I've dealt with a lot of jealousy. Every time someone posts that they have been published, or tells me that they are further along in the process of writing their book, I feel a twinge of anger. I have definitely thought more than once "Why … Continue reading The Green Monster of Writing

You Better Be Willing to Fail

Spring Tulips

  A few years ago, I decided that I wanted to take up book binding. I bought this planner as a PDF and I decided that I was going to print it out and learn how to bind a book. And then I'd carry that book around all year, to be reminded of how important … Continue reading You Better Be Willing to Fail

Finding the Heart in It

Berlin Ohio

I took a week off from everything. From blogging, from Instagram "working," from reading, from doing anything after my 9-5 job other than taking a nap and watching TV. I realized something a week and a half ago. I was on an overnight trip with my writer friends, and my friend Kammi (who apparently will … Continue reading Finding the Heart in It