Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty When You Can’t Write Every Day

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Hey, writing blog. Long time, no see. It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Things have been crazy. 2016 has already presented several awesome things. First, there was the world premiere production of my play, THE SPINS, at Out of Continue reading Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty When You Can’t Write Every Day

Do You Write Because You Love It?

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As writers or artists (or really just people), there are a lot of times we feel validated. There are also a lot of times we feel rejected and criticized. One of my plays, THE SPINS, is about to open at Continue reading Do You Write Because You Love It?

5 Reasons to Keep Writing When You Think You Want to Stop

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As we reach the end of November, those of us who are participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) scramble to get our 50,000 words written. Whether you are participating in NaNoWriMo or not, being a writer can sometimes get discouraging. Continue reading 5 Reasons to Keep Writing When You Think You Want to Stop

There is No “One Size Fits All” Writing Advice

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You might think it’s a little weird for someone who spends a lot of their non-writing time giving writing advice to essentially say, “sometimes you should forget about my advice.” But sometimes, you really should forget about my advice. All writing advice Continue reading There is No “One Size Fits All” Writing Advice

Write What You Want to Write

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So many writers spend too much time thinking about publishing trends. Maybe you see the success of books like THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT so you think, “I should really try writing a YA dystopian novel!” Or maybe you’ve seen Continue reading Write What You Want to Write

Against Pretentious Blog Posts from Literary Snobs

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  Earlier this week, Ruth Graham wrote a post on Slate.com called “Against YA.” She began the post by saying, “Read whatever you want. But you should feel embarrassed when what you’re reading was written for children.” She proceeds to Continue reading Against Pretentious Blog Posts from Literary Snobs

Quitting My Day Job To Be a Full-Time Writer and Teacher

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I just put in my two weeks’ notice at my job to pursue writing and teaching full time. In August, I got hired with a really awesome marketing and web design company that is literally right down the street from Continue reading Quitting My Day Job To Be a Full-Time Writer and Teacher

10 Signs You Are Meant to Be a Writer

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30 day blog challenge – day 18 1. You write on your lunch break. Sort of like I’m doing now? Mmm greasy fries. 2. You’ve been known to bring your journal with you to church… or to the coffee shop… or Continue reading 10 Signs You Are Meant to Be a Writer

The Art of Being Rejected

  Let’s face it. If you really put yourself out there as a writer (or any type of artist), you’re going to get rejected. If you put yourself out there a lot, you are going to get rejected a lot. Continue reading The Art of Being Rejected

Is an MFA in Creative Writing worth it?

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A photo I took in Guanajuato, Mexico when studying abroad in 2010 – the first semester of my MFA program Today I’m going to talk about something that a lot of writers have to ask themselves at some point. Is it Continue reading Is an MFA in Creative Writing worth it?