The Five Most Difficult Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing

Most of us can agree that writing is not usually as simple as having an idea and “writing it down.” While inspiration does occasionally flow freely, most writers I’ve talked to believe that producing consistent writing takes determination and a lot of self-reflection. Writing can be tough and feel like a struggle some of theContinue reading “The Five Most Difficult Lessons I’ve Learned About Writing”

How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas

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 a simple two-pocketContinue reading “How I’ve Used Notebooks to Organize My Writing Ideas”

Past the Outline But Before the Draft

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 hardest part of writing, atContinue reading “Past the Outline But Before the Draft”

Atlanta Writers Conference

Photo by Daria Shevtsova on Unsplash Back in August, a friend asked me if I wanted to attend the Atlanta Writers Conference with her in November. Neither of us had attended a writers conference before but after looking into the details, we both decided to attend. The conference is set up so that participants pay only for theContinue reading “Atlanta Writers Conference”