A Letter to My Fear (and Perhaps Yours As Well)

Your art is not your heart. When it's out in the world, it's no longer yours. You don't need to worry about what it does once you let it go. It's not personal. If the people you love judge you for your work, maybe they don't love you back. Maybe it would be better to … Continue reading A Letter to My Fear (and Perhaps Yours As Well)

Avoidance

Winter Path

Avoidance seems to be a theme in my life lately. I have been avoiding writing on my blog, avoiding the next draft of my novel, avoiding the short stories I am dying to write, avoiding meeting up with friends, avoiding going to the doctor, avoiding exercising. I try to sit down at my computer to … Continue reading Avoidance

I am a Writer, Therefore I Write

Mary Nolte Writer

I am a writer, therefore I write. My boyfriend told me not too long ago that I spend a lot of time talking about the reasons why I should be writing but very little time actually sitting down and doing it. And it's true. I've spent the last several months analyzing why I should be writing, … Continue reading I am a Writer, Therefore I Write

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

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

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

Conversations with Strangers

Atlanta Airport

When I left from Florida two weeks ago both my brother and my sister in law were at work, so I had to call a Lyft. I’ve used Lyft a lot but usually while riding with friends and certainly never for an hour-long ride. I had a lot of apprehensions about getting into a car … Continue reading Conversations with Strangers