It’s true: this calm, level-headed blogger is also a New Age weirdo. So here goes: the New Moon in cancer is Thursday, July 12th. Manifest your damn dreams.
Editing a full length work (especially a series) is a lengthy and complicated process. After the first few cycles of rewriting and restructuring your draft, it’s easy to get sucked into a vortex of picky-detail-editing. I’m learning (the hard way, as usual) that sometimes you gotta drop that draft.
So I’m on vacation in Key West (yes I really write every damn day, no matter what) and decided to read some Florida-based short stories to settle in to the area a bit. While on the plane, I checked out Stephen King’s new short story, “Laurie” that he released as sort of a teaser for […]
As if the rest of it wasn’t enough – the moneylessness, the lack of ambition for normal non-writing jobs, the general drifting dreaminess of my mind – writing suffuses me with guilt. Of course, it’s not the writing itself. That’s the fun part; shaping worlds, meeting my own characters, fine-tuning sentences. How could I feel […]
I read a ton of short stories this week but the only one that stuck with me was “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. It’s incredibly short – approximately 650 words. Despite its brevity, it manages to convey an intense degree of emotional depth. It explores the power of our parents’ words (for better or for worse), […]
*oversharing alert* Recently I went to a witchy full-moon ritual (as one does) and proceeded to unpack my tangled and varied emotions re: money, writing, and emotion. And BOY was it a doozy. All the witchcraft in the world couldn’t untangle me from my own, very self-inflicted curses. Here’s what I discovered: Because of my […]
Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird is one of the best books on writing I have ever read. It’s a pleasure to read because of Lamott’s incredible warmth and sense of humor, and is bursting with life-changing (or at least writing-changing) advice on creativity.
Need some inspiration from a published author? Enjoy these collected quotes on writing from Rainbow Rowell.
Okay, so here’s the absolute crux of my writing advice, the most important thing I have to say on the matter (regardless of whether or not you asked me to say it): Write every single day, even when you don’t feel like writing. I don’t spare myself too many emotions when it comes to this […]
Rainbow Rowell, brilliant YA writer, uses intertextuality (or something) in her novel Fangirl to lend dimension to romantic relationships, deepen thematic elements, and increase the novel’s sense of realism. Me? I just sit here trying to figure out if intertextuality is the right word for what she did there.