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

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

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