For the first time this year, five months into my weekly blogging project, I find I have nothing to say that feels worth saying. Not about writing, anyway. Be warned: it's about to get dark in here. It didn’t help that this week slammed me with a migraine that didn’t respond to meds and from … Continue reading When Writing for Joy Doesn’t Cut It, Rage Is All I Have
I said what I said. Authors love to suffer. We must, otherwise we wouldn’t put ourselves through so much torture, right? Writers know all about the tightrope between pleasure and pain. We walk it constantly. Our chosen calling asks us to lay ourselves on the line, flay our hearts on the page, and publicly expose … Continue reading Authors Are Masochists and We All Need Aftercare
The more things stay the same, the more they change. What? No, I didn't accidentally write that backwards. Because the thing about growth, about learning, is that it doesn’t travel in a straight line. It often doesn’t feel like growth in the moment. It often feels circular, like repetition, like return. It can feel like … Continue reading Growth Is a Spiral: Repetition and Return in Practice
Welcome to my brain circus! It’s Disability Awareness Month, and I’m a writer with Attention Deficit Disorder. That makes this as good a time as any to share my experience of learning late in life that I'm neurodivergent, how my diagnosis has shifted my self-image, and how adjusting my brain chemicals has brought new ease … Continue reading Relearning My Mind: ADHD and My Writing Journey
Pitch Wars is dead. Long live Pitch Wars. Last Tuesday's announcement by Brenda Drake, the founder of the Pitch Wars mentorship program, sent shockwaves through all of my writing groups. https://twitter.com/PitchWars/status/1493595439005945856?s=20&t=NSxsdbjgV_CZ9Us3XFm5sg My 2020 alumni chat, now the penultimate mentee class, gathered in our Discord chat for a virtual group hug, expressing sadness, surprise, and gratitude … Continue reading Pitch Wars Is Over. Its Legacy Is Just Beginning.
Love is in the air... When we think of Valentine’s Day, of course, we naturally think of romance, partnerships, and sharing love with a special someone. Today, though, I want to talk about a different kind of relationship for a minute. Not everyone is partnered up nor wants to be, but everyone is worthy of … Continue reading Try a Little Tenderness: 7 Self-Love Ideas for Writers
Happy New Year, dear readers, and welcome to my first blog post of 2022! As one of my goals for the New Year, you should expect to see more regular posts from me. My "writing about writing" has been especially rewarding over the last few months, in large part because of readers who have reached … Continue reading The Year of Showing Up: Setting My Intentions for 2022
I was going to blog about something else this week, probably editing and what it's like to return to a book I haven't looked at for awhile as I dip back into revisions on GALATEA'S PARADOX. However, life and my rogue immune system had other plans. I've been hesitant to write on this topic for … Continue reading Words Versus Spoons: On Writing with Chronic Illness
All right, y'all asked for it. Let's talk about what launching a debut novel is like, in a pandemic no less. Or at least, what it was like for me (your mileage and existential dread may vary).
Lately, I’ve had apocalypse on the brain. A strange duality exists between my near-daily practice of creating, i.e. writing and revising, while chaos and catastrophe swirls as a near-daily occurrence in the world at large. This is not an upbeat advice post, so I apologize in advance. Feel free to skip this if it’s not … Continue reading Writing While the World Burns