10 Essential Tools for Faster Writing

I believe in quality over quantity, especially in writing. Think about it: would you rather have one fantastic book that sells wonderfully and connects with your readers, or twenty terrible books that end up in the dollar bin at used bookstores? That could depend on your ultimate goal as a writer, but that’s for a …

Dear Discouraged Writer: You’re Going to Make It

Dear Discouraged Writer, Put down your pen, pick up your coffee, and take a deep breath. You’re going to make it. I don’t know how long you’ve been writing, or even what you write — novels, poems, political commentaries, personal essays, technical e-books, press releases, dishwasher manuals, web copy. I don’t know if you write for …

Writing a Novel: Five Lessons I Learned the Hard Way

Confession: I’m not great at taking advice. I listen to advice really well. But acting on it is a different story. I don’t know why I have this compulsion to learn things the hard way, but if someone says Hey, don’t do this because it doesn’t work, then some part of me stays convinced that yes, …

Using Workplace Dissatisfaction to Fuel Your Writing

One morning I sat at my desk at work, staring at a mistake I’d just made. It was the kind of mistake that makes your vision go black in your periphery for a moment, the kind that causes people to whisper behind your back. The kind of mistake that makes you want to stand up, …

Benefits of Writing What You Want to Read

What do you like to write? Suspense novels? YA fantasy? Epic poems? Quarter-life crisis romantic comedies? (*Raises Louboutin*) Next question: Do you write what you, personally, would pick up and buy in a bookstore or download to your Kindle? While there are many benefits to writing outside of your comfort zone, this post isn’t about …

To the Writer Who’s Worried About Money

Soo. The money question. You know the one: What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? It’s cliche, one of those first date questions people might ask when they’re trying to impress one another or sound cultured and cool. I’d visit Machu Picchu, or I’d learn how to make crème fraîche. (I’d learn …

Should You Quit Your Day Job to Write Your Novel?

Does your name start with J.K. and end with Rowling? Do your friends call you Stephen King*? Then no, you shouldn’t. Post over. Just kidding. This topic has been on my mind a lot lately. I’m a “day job” writer, meaning I consider myself to be a writer even though my day job has nothing to …