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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You’re Only Human

Blue flowers

I haven't been writing on my blog, and I feel really guilty about it. Every week I have the intention to sit down at the beginning of the week and write a blog post. Every week I start something, and I don't finish it. I want to write for this blog. I want to create … Continue reading You’re Only Human

What Made Me Write Again

Writing advice

I hope I'm not about to jinx myself, but I'm writing again. Yesterday, I passed 10,000 words on my 2nd draft of my novel, and it's finally starting to feel like I've got some momentum. It's finally starting to feel like I've found my character's voice again, and it's a great feeling. I think I … Continue reading What Made Me Write Again

Writer’s Block is All About Letting Go

Writing retreat

Sometimes, it's really difficult for me to actually sit down and write a blog post. If you are a regular reader (is anyone out there?), you might have noticed this. I aim to post on Mondays every week -- some weeks that doesn't happen. Last week, for example,I posted on Wednesday. The week before -- … Continue reading Writer’s Block is All About Letting Go

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

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