Tips for Saving Money as a Writer

Photo on VisualHunt.com Like many writers I know, I would love to be able to write full-time and to get paid while doing so. As of yet, however, I am still working towards that goal (though I do believe it is possible!). In the meantime, I find it necessary to work a job that provides… Continue reading Tips for Saving Money as a Writer

Living a Life of Writing: Volunteering at the Local Library

Photo by Susan Yin on Unsplash If you were to ask me what influenced my interest in writing the most, I would answer without hesitation - growing up within walking distance of a public library. I lived within a block of the library for most of my childhood, and I visited it on average two or three times… Continue reading Living a Life of Writing: Volunteering at the Local Library

How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas

Photo by Mike Tinnion on Unsplash At any given time, I probably have half a dozen notebooks stashed around my desk, in my purse, or on my bookshelf. I have used various styles of notebooks for practically every form of writing. When I was a kid, I would make my own "books" by putting loose leaf paper in… Continue reading How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas

Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

Photo by Andrea Tummons on Unsplash I have been trying my hand at growing plants this past year, and one of the things I've learned is that some plant bulbs, such as daffodils (which bloom in early spring), should be planted in the cold soil of fall and winter. I was surprised to learn this planting technique, as… Continue reading Establishing Our Creative Roots this Winter

How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing

I recently moved in with my boyfriend and relocated to a very small town. While I am not sure I could manage long term in a mega city like New York City or London, I am definitely more of a city person and have gravitated to them in my adult life. I understand the appeal… Continue reading How Living in a Small Town Has Helped My Writing

Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

My partially resurrected plant, in all its glory Had a funeral for a plant today. Things always get peculiar during periods of unemployment. It was a great plant, you would have agreed. At one time, it had been a luscious, chlorophyll laden beauty, a pink polka dot plant. A hypoestes phyllostachya, if you will. It… Continue reading Goodbyes and Hellos: 2019

Resources for Beginning Writers

Photo by Jubal Kenneth Bernal on Unsplash As a beginning writer ("beginning" in terms of starting to prioritize my writing and learning to practice self-discipline), I have accumulated a pool of resources which have helped - and continue to help - me at various stages of my writing process. This list is a conglomeration of online resources as… Continue reading Resources for Beginning Writers

Past the Outline But Before the Draft

Photo on Foter.com via https://pixabay.com/en/users/jarmoluk-143740/ Today's writing goal seems harmless enough: Begin the rough draft of a short story I've had in mind this week. But as I begin, I start to rethink that adjective . . . harmless? "Mostly" harmless, after all (that is for you, Douglas Adams fans). Getting started is always the… Continue reading Past the Outline But Before the Draft

How I’ve Designed My Writing Schedule to Fit My Life

Photo by Gades Photography on Unsplash One of the things we often talk about in the writing groups I attend is what a typical writing day looks like for each of us. Everyone seems eager to learn about other people's habits and their strategies for getting the most writing done. If there is one common motivating factor I… Continue reading How I’ve Designed My Writing Schedule to Fit My Life

Getting Past “Zero” Days

Photo by Larisa Birta on Unsplash One of the things I have been working on this year is recognizing and celebrating all the successes I have had in my writing, no matter how small they might seem. I know many of us writers like to be very critical of ourselves when we reflect on the amount of time… Continue reading Getting Past “Zero” Days