Two Types of Loneliness You’ll Face as a Writer

Have you ever created something you were so head over heels excited about you couldn’t wait to share it? A character name. A plot twist. The PERFECT title (finally!). It’s exhilarating, right? And especially when you race home to tell your mom/dad/sister/boyfriend/husband/roommate/cleaning lady/cat/live-in massage therapist/ficus tree/whoever because they’ll DEFINITELY be just as excited as you are! Except…they’re …

Is She a Good Writer? How to Offer Sound Advice

Someone recently asked me if she was a real writer. Crap. While I may be completely comfortable putting my own words on a page, I’m not always comfortable critiquing the words of others and doling out writing advice. I’m just not that into dream-crushing, you know? She let me read some of her writing, which …

Benefits of Journaling for Writers

I’ve kept a journal almost my whole life. Yep, I was one of those girls, a “Dear Diary” type who documented the most mundane details of my day, from what I ate for breakfast to what the weather was like on June 14, 1997. Even before I used real notebooks I was writing in and …

Why I’m Not Stressed About Writing My First Novel

I’m writing my first book. It’s a novel, a major departure from what I’m used to writing (especially as someone who majored in professional writing in undergrad and creative writing with a poetry concentration in grad school). I’m not used to writing things that require so much…commitment. A poem is not something you marry. It’s …