What makes great writers great? I’ve asked myself this question many times. What is it about a writer’s voice, style, or story that leaves a deep mark in the souls of those who read their work? I think there are many different aspects in a writer’s life that play a role in the superiority of… Continue reading Worthwhile Influences
Drumroll please! If you've been with me for a while, you know all about my writing journey with Project Shadow and how long it has taken me to not only write the thing, but also polish it to its current state. The book has survived a literal decade of effort, two cross-country moves, two new… Continue reading Querying, Pitching, and Losing My Mind
Patience is our best weapon against failure, because failure has no way of fighting against the steady stream of a consistent heart. Heartache is a universal experience. We all know how it feels, and we all know it can come into our lives at any time—and through a variety of avenues. Recently, I came across… Continue reading Patience and Failure: A Lesson by John Milton
As writers, we’ve all heard this advise many times: Read. Read a lot. Then read some more. And when you’re done with that, keep reading. In the past, I always took this counsel at face value, attributing to logic that yes, to become a better writer, it made sense you had to read a lot. But… Continue reading Don’t Just Read. Read With Purpose
I will be the first one to admit that before last November I was never consistent enough in any of my previous NaNoWriMo years to even come close to the monthly goal of writing 50,000 words. So much so in fact, that in the past, I never even bothered logging in to my input my… Continue reading 4 Tips for NaNoWriMo Success
Several months back, as I began to write this post (yes it took that long to finish #mylife), I was sitting on a drenched table, next to a swimming pool, at the hotel from where we were eagerly waiting for our new home to be finished, listening to my five year-old asking me to count… Continue reading Quitting Never Amounts to Anything. So Keep Writing.