“When you start off, you have to deal with the problems of failure. You need to be thick skinned, to learn that not every project will survive…. A life in the arts, is sometimes like putting messages in bottles, on a desert island, and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open … Continue reading Learn to Live with Writing Fears and Doubts
Hello, and welcome to lesson eight of the Writer Starting Guide series! In this lesson, I’m going to talk about how you can learn to read like a writer. After all, everything you’ve written and everything you will write is influenced by what you read. If you put great writing in, great writing will (with … Continue reading Learn to Read Like a Writer
Hello, and welcome to lesson seven of the Writer Starting Guide series! In this lesson, I’m going to talk about how to find more time and space to write. After all, one of the hardest challenges many of us writers face is actually finding the time to write. So here we go! There are two … Continue reading Challenge: Find More Time to Write
For the longest time, I avoided conferences like the plague. The thought of mingling with hundreds of strangers, a small fish in a big sea, terrified me. I wasn’t sure if I was ready as a writer to hold my own. I felt like an imposter. But, after some time, I eventually felt “legit enough” … Continue reading Five Things I Learned From My First Writers’ Conference
I’ve always had the sense that the muse of the tormented artist—while the artist himself is throwing temper tantrums—is sitting quietly in the corner of the studio, buffering its fingernails, patiently waiting for the guy to calm down and sober up so everyone can get back to work. — Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic. Welcome to … Continue reading Keep Your Muse Happy
I have always been a fan of fantasy, especially when the fantasies come in the form of a series. I might be dating myself here, but I wanted to share a few of the series I loved as a young woman. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling Obviously. I had to include one of … Continue reading Six Fantasy Series I Loved as a Young Adult
In this lesson, I’m going to talk about what it means to be successful as a writer, and how you can achieve success at any stage in your writing journey.
There are so many books out there for writers, especially for those of us trying to write novels. I recently spent some time in the Writer’s Reference section at Powell’s Books in Portland, OR, and man was it overwhelming! Side note: Powell’s Books is one of the most amazing bookstores I have ever had the … Continue reading Seven Books to Read If You Want to Write a Novel
In this lesson, I’m going to talk about what Ira Glass describes as “The Gap”, and how to power through it.
Instead of a making a goal to read as many books as I can this year, I'm going to try something different.