May this blog not be a set of instructions for you, but permission: permission to be human. Permission to fail. To succeed in the wrong place at the wrong time. Permission to figure it all out along the way.
Category: Writing Journey
My First Short Story Challenge Submission
I chalk it all up to peer pressure. The good kind, though. The kind that stretches you and makes you grow as a person and as a writer. The peer pressure that forces you to examine your abilities and discover that yes, I can actually do that thing. That’s how I ended up entering NYC…
When it’s hard getting started (again).
First, I’ll tell you what I’m not doing. I’m not writing two hours a day. I’m not keeping track of word counts. I am not even setting goals (not yet).
Unlocking Creativity: Is Handwriting Better?
There was a time when I couldn’t write on a computer at all. I could get down endless thoughts with pen and paper—even if trying to read it later was like deciphering an ancient script. My handwriting is terrible. But if I were to sit down at a computer and try to type out what…
You can take last year’s dreams into 2023
Last year’s dreams were big. I had a novel I was motivated to complete. I was rolling along with a group of 12,000 mom authors and had plans for anthologies, courses, events, and more. There were gardens to plant and trips to take and so many things I was ready to take on. Then, I…
Can writing distractions help you write better?
Writing distractions are bad–right? Maybe not always. There are a few pleasant distractions I use to help me stay on track with my writing goals. Take a look!
Healing Through Writing: The Best Kind of Medicine
In another blog, I wrote about how I was going in for surgery and how I coped with my stress through writing. I’ve always found healing through writing. I had my surgery last week, and thankfully, as I write this today, I am not feeling any pain. My mind is ready to jump back into…
It’s okay not to write during times of grief.
There is no one hard-and-fast rule for how you should conduct yourself if you’re going through times of grief and trauma– especially when it comes to writing.
A celebration of poetry on Robert Frost’s birthday
We bleed onto the page and give voice to our own pain, hoping that others will see themselves in our words. Sometimes we’re trying to make sense of things. Maybe we want to feel like we aren’t alone.
Living a creative writing career as a mom
Creative writing careers are not for the faint of heart. Writers of all sorts understand that creativity is not always consistent or stable or fun. Sometimes it makes us manic, catatonic. It encourages us to question our life and purpose daily, even before the critics reach our ears.