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 …

Research & Writing: How Much is Too Much?

I’ve been blogging and working on the novel this morning. And by that I mean I’ve been reading other blogs, adding other authors’ books to my Amazon wishlist, and getting wildly inspired by other things without actually accomplishing much of anything for myself. Sometimes I just get so excited about everything I want do to …

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 …