5 Best and Worst Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

As an avid reader with a blog, I always say I’m going to write a bunch of book reviews. But I always get too excited about picking up the next title on my TBR to sit down and write anything more than a one-liner or a star-rating on Goodreads. So instead of forcing myself to…

The Road of Revision: One Mile at a Time

I’m plodding through the second draft of my 2018 NaNoWriMo novel and it’s going slower than I had imagined it would. Partly because my life is so full of spinning plates—freelancing for multiple, planning a wedding, writing, this blog, going to the gym, keeping up with friends and family, sleep—that even when I have the…

My Camp NaNoWriMo Toolkit

It’s the last week of March, which means the first session of Camp NaNoWriMo 2019 is only days away. If you’re not familiar with Camp NaNo, it’s essentially the classic November challenge’s younger, wilder sibling. Camp runs for two sessions every year, in April and July, and is billed as “a virtual writing retreat, designed…

On “Lost” Novels and Trunked Manuscripts

There’s a story that Elizabeth Gilbert tells in her book, Big Magic, about “losing” a novel idea to Ann Patchett. If you haven’t read Big Magic, the story goes something like this: Once upon a time, Gilbert was struck by an idea for a novel set in the Amazon. She got excited and started compiling…

The Myth of Work-Life Balance

I started freelancing back in December, falling into it rather than making a conscious decision to become my own boss. I’d been reluctant for a lot of reasons, mostly practical adulting reasons. But a big part of my hesitation stemmed from the one thing I didn’t want in my nest job: time sheets. After three…

Learning My Process: Starting is Always the Hardest Part

I’ve said it before, and I will probably say it again: starting is hands down the hardest part of writing. Of anything really. Overcoming the inertia of “before” to begin. Swiping aside the anxiety and doubt that what you create will never be as good as what you imagined. Flailing in the feeling of “I…

NaNoWriMo Now What? Diving Into Revisions

I have a confession to make: I am terrible at revisions. Okay, maybe not terrible so much as I’ve never really done them. I was the student who wrote her final paper the day before it was due, did a quick read-through to make sure there weren’t any egregious errors and called it a day.…