Start the Year Out Slow

On December 1, I turned in an assigned writing piece on deadline. I think I even turned it in early in the day, pretty much a miracle considering I’d come in late for that monthly assignment far too many times in the past. I was so proud of the accomplishment I mentioned it to my editor, who […] Read more

Writing During the Holidays

To write or not to write during the holidays? That is the question. If you’re like me, and you do at least some writing for a living, then the answer is obvious. You’ve gotta keep writing even if the Christmas tree now sits where your writing desk used to be. If writing is something you […] Read more

Writing Is Simple, But It’s Not Easy

I’ve noticed something lately in the world of writing that makes me shudder: books, classes, apps, and subscriptions that guarantee to make writing — even the writing life — easier, faster, more efficient, less lonely, and 100 percent successful. If writing were that easy, wouldn’t everyone be a writer? It’s like those miracle cures for […] Read more

What To Do When You’re Stuck

Sometimes, we writers set off to write a novel or memoir or some other kind of book, and the first few chapters fly off our keyboards as if they were being dictated. Then, something happens. We might blame it on our busy schedule or tell ourselves we’re just taking a break. But really what’s happening […] Read more