Writing With Mental Illness: My Story

In some ways, I think I started writing because of my mental illness. Not in the romanticized tortured-artist way. I am not a better, more creative writer because of my mental illness and I absolutely do not believe the bullshit that there’s a fine line between genius and insanity. It’s entirely possible that I would…

The Road of Revision: A Problem for Future!Me

I’m about a third of the way through revisions of my current WIP and one of the things that’s been super frustrating so far is that even though I know this draft is better than the first one, it’s still not good. The pacing doesn’t feel quite right, I still cringe at the prose when…

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…