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.…

The Universe Made Me Do It: How I Started Freelancing

I am a person who believes in signs. I own crystals and tarot cards and pay attention to the cycles of the moon. I light candles and incense and I burn sage. I believe in manifestation and the power of our thoughts. I believe in energy and vibes. I believe in signs. But I’m also…

8 (More) Lessons I Learned from NaNoWriMo 2018

NaNoWriMo is chock full of lessons to be learned. About yourself, your writing and your process. Here are eight more things I learned from participating in NaNoWriMo 2018: Writing is its own reward. One of the tips you often hear thrown around during NaNo is to reward yourself for every milestone. Whether it’s a small…