What Do I Actually Want? Thoughts on Writing, Publishing, and Creative Control

I read an interview last year that really stayed with me and has made me rethink where I stand as a creator. For a while, I thought I had a totally clear picture of the writing career I was going to build for myself, if I could. But lately, my perspective on this has changed. … Continue reading What Do I Actually Want? Thoughts on Writing, Publishing, and Creative Control

Writing Wednesday: A Long-Term Revision

I'm writing this post after having a really amazing conversation that I'll post more about soon! But until then, I'm thinking a lot about the book that I'm finishing, which has undergone several drafts over the course of many years. That's unusual for me, and I think it's a process that deserves some thought. My … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: A Long-Term Revision

Podcast for Writers: 88 Cups of Tea

If we've met in person or even digitally, I know you've heard me say this at least ten times, but just in case you need a reminder: if you are looking to enter the writing world in any professional capacity, you need to get Yin Chang's podcast 88 Cups of Tea on your playlist ASAP! … Continue reading Podcast for Writers: 88 Cups of Tea

Away on Retreat!

I'm writing from the woods in Pennsylvania, where my critique partners Sara and Eva and I travel for our annual summer writing retreat! Retreats are great for so many reasons. Getting away from your normal surroundings—and I don't mean a local coffee shop, I mean far away—can really help you refocus on your writing, because … Continue reading Away on Retreat!

Tuesday Writing Thoughts: Flying into Windows

For the past month and a half, I've been in the query trenches. If you're not familiar with the term, it is what it sounds like: writers armed with meticulously revised, polished manuscripts venture into the battle of finding representation for their books by writing hopeful letters to literary agents. The query trenches are an … Continue reading Tuesday Writing Thoughts: Flying into Windows

Writing Wednesday: Storymatic Prompt (Month of Love Edition)

It's the last day of the month of love, and Storymatic gave me another wonderful winter writing prompt to work with! As you can tell from my previous post about Storymatic, I find their prompt cards really inspirational and fun to write from. In case you're having trouble reading them in the above photograph, the … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Storymatic Prompt (Month of Love Edition)

Writing Wednesday: Postcard Prompts

I have a purple plastic suitcase that is chock full of writing prompts. What do they have in common? They're all postcards! I started collecting postcards whenever I traveled as a way of grabbing an inexpensive souvenir that didn't take up too much space. My collection has become pretty massive (it's a respectably-sized plastic suitcase!), … Continue reading Writing Wednesday: Postcard Prompts

Thursday Writing Thoughts: The Magic of Critique Groups

Today, I'm thinking about writing accountability partners and critique groups. My friend Greg asked for a post on this a few weeks ago, and I'm happy to write one in response to him! As much as you surround yourself with motivational journals and objects like those pictured above, sometimes nothing is more helpful to your … Continue reading Thursday Writing Thoughts: The Magic of Critique Groups

Music Monday: Tori Amos

Tori Amos has long been my favorite musician, the artist whose songs I keep coming back to regardless of what stage of life I happen to be in. The above quotation and photograph are from the introduction to Slam, a book of poetry by slam and spoken word artists published in 2000. Tori wrote the introduction … Continue reading Music Monday: Tori Amos