Writing While Working: Updates

https://unsplash.com/photos/QZBcFvQFmCs Today is my third day of incorporating writing into my work day (in the morning before work, during my lunch break and after work). I wanted to post an update about how this week was going and some of my feedback for trying out this schedule. My day starts at 7:00 AM on Tuesdays,… Continue reading Writing While Working: Updates

Working in Writing While Working this Week

https://unsplash.com/photos/8K62atzbulQ I am finding time for alliteration even while working a full-time job! I woke up this morning with a goal in mind: find as many ways to work in writing this week. I have been in training for my new job the last two weeks and while I have been able to write a… Continue reading Working in Writing While Working this Week

What a Week of Reading My Friends’ Writing Taught Me

https://unsplash.com/photos/UZe35tk5UoA This past week, I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to read the writing of several friends. One of these friends lives across the state, one is traveling through Australia at the moment, and the two others form my local writing group that meets every other week an hour from my town.… Continue reading What a Week of Reading My Friends’ Writing Taught Me

Writing Exercise: Driving (Part 1)

Photo Credit: https://unsplash.com/photos/MgzKmcTFUg0 The driving is nothing for me. Years of practice have taught me to turn off whatever part of the brain is responsible for boredom, fatigue, for feeling your body's reaction to sitting in the driver's seat for hours. The ritual is like this: You put the keys in the ignition and you… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Driving (Part 1)

Jobs, Dogs, and Plots: Reevaluating My Writing Schedule

Queso! As I mentioned in a previous post, I find that life often calls for a reevaluation of my writing schedule. This week has proven to be the case and for two great reasons. The first is that Alex and I adopted a dog from the local shelter. We have been talking about doing so… Continue reading Jobs, Dogs, and Plots: Reevaluating My Writing Schedule

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

Writing Exercise: Time Shift (Part 2 of 2)

Photo by Kyle Loftus on Unsplash Below is the second half of a short story, my writing exercise for the day. To read the first half, you can click here. The man continued, still staring down at the half-empty glass in front of him. "Three years ago, I spent the summer out in New Mexico, in Albuquerque, working… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Time Shift (Part 2 of 2)

Writing Exercise: Time Shift (Part 1 of 2)

Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash The passage below is the first half of a short story that came to mind a few days ago. I've always been fascinated by people's stories of their own experiences with the supernatural and the reactions others have upon hearing these tales that seem to defy rational explanation. I'm not usually one… Continue reading Writing Exercise: Time Shift (Part 1 of 2)

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