Recently, a writer friend asked me how I combat writer’s block. Before I share what I told her, let me just tell you that writer’s block doesn’t discriminate. I don’t care if you’re JK frickin Rowling, every author is afflicted with this curse. Case in point, I gave this friend my answer for battling writer’s … Continue reading 3 ways to combat writer’s block
A few years ago, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s when I saw every parent’s nightmare unfold in front of me. A woman was gathering fruit from the bin while her toddler stood in the large part of the grocery cart. Without warning, the cart tipped and the toddler fell to the ground. The mother … Continue reading Inconvenient inspiration, and how to seize it before it slips away
Seven years ago, I waited in line to meet her, Annie Lamott, the author whose books I had devoured in a frantic kind of way, as if reading everything she’d written would somehow make me a better writer. I’d discovered her years before by accident when a friend told me that my confessional way of … Continue reading The day I met Anne Lamott…and choked
As a book lover, I can’t think of a better way to stick to your goals than by reading inspirational books. Here are the books I’ve found to be extremely life-changing.
Today, an author I'm friends with wrote a post about giving up. "It turns out the world does not need my novels," she wrote. "I have spent thousands and thousands of hours writing and reading about writing, and for what?" I hate that she wrote this. And I get why she wrote this. And I … Continue reading The temptation to give up
Weight has been a weighty issue with me all my life. As a kid, I was always a little chubby. I never noticed it when I was younger, but as I entered my awkward pre-teen years, body issues introduced themselves to me one by one. I couldn’t rest my legs when I was sitting because … Continue reading From weight loss to writing a book: How to set a goal and accomplish it
This morning when I woke up at 6 a.m., I had a choice on how I could spend the next 30 minutes before I had to start getting ready for work. I could go for a run. I could sit and peruse Facebook and email. I could cram in some editing. I could close my … Continue reading Running, writing, and changing your thoughts
This morning, I found myself in between the craziness of finals. I have no more homework left to do, I have enough time to study for my next final, and the essay I'm working on for English needs a day of rest. My morning was free and clear to spend on the other things I … Continue reading Focusing on one thing at time
I'm in the final weeks of my 2nd semester of college, and it's kicking my butt. Any quality time I have to devote to something substantial is spent on studying and doing homework. The manuscripts I'd rather be editing are pushed to the side. The book ideas I want to write are put on hold. … Continue reading Being too busy to write, and why it’s ok (for a season)
Back in November, I battened down the hatches and cleared my schedule to take part in yet another NaNoWriMo. As you may remember, I really grappled with whether I would actually write a novel this year. I’d just started school, and it was taking up a good portion of my time. I eventually made a … Continue reading Two novels, four months. Here’s how.