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    Writing Is a Muscle

    I’m dusting off the blog for a pretty exciting reason: I’ve written a new manuscript! If you’re just stumbling across this page and you know nothing about me, here’s some important context: I started drafting my last manuscript, now known…

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    Why (and How) I Chose My Pen Name

    You may notice that things look a little bit different around the blog these days. That’s because I’ve made a pretty big change: my name. And I built a whole new site to go along with it.   I’ve always intended…

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    Slow and Steady-ish

    It’s no secret: I am a comically slow writer. Always have been, and unless I get my hands on whatever Bradley Cooper was on in Limitless, I always will be. ​​For the most part, I’ve accepted this. I work at a speed…

  • Productivity

    Ditching My Deadlines

    I’ve always considered myself a writer, but I didn’t really start writing until NaNoWriMo 2010. I churned out 50,000 words before Thanksgiving, and it’s probably not an exaggeration to say the experience changed my life.  Since then, I’ve always been my most…

  • Updates

    A Decade in Review

    Like a lot of authors, I often feel like I’m not doing enough. I procrastinate. I spend too much time on Twitter. I press the snooze button. I feel time slipping by and think about all the opportunities to write that…

  • Productivity

    The “Work-Writing Life” Balance

    I’m putting it out there, law-of-attraction-style: one day, I would like to support myself full time by writing fiction.  Until then, like a lot of aspiring novelists, I work a regular, full-time office job. And I have to admit, lately…

  • Updates

    A Mid-Year Accountability Check-In

    You may remember my philosophy on New Year’s resolutions. It’s very similar to the old maxim, “under-promise and over-deliver.” At the end of that December 2018 post, I made some very small resolutions, and since we’ve hit the halfway point of…

  • Craft

    How Pop Culture Comfort Foods Improve Your Storytelling

    I’m perpetually in the middle of re-watching 30 Rock. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than sinking into a bubble bath with Howl’s Moving Castle, which I’ve read approximately twenty times. And as much as I love to explore new stories and challenge myself…

  • Craft

    Be a Better Critique Partner

    Getting good feedback on your writing is hard. That’s because giving good feedback is hard. In your quest to find a good critique partner, it’s important that you’re able to reciprocate. Giving a good critique is more complex than telling a writer…

  • Craft

    Screw “Show, Don’t Tell”

    “Show, don’t tell” is the first creative writing advice most people receive. On the surface, it seems sensible. For someone putting pen to paper for the very first time, the instinct is to tell — “First this happened, then this other thing,…