The other day I was browsing through an online writing group I’m part of, and someone posted a question about what makes “good writing” and why so many popular books were apparently “bad.” In response, another commenter cited a wildly popular YA series, and said something to the effect of, “The author isn’t even a … Continue reading Does your prose need to sound more “literary?”
I don’t know who needs to hear this, but if your energy has been low lately, you’re not alone. Up here in the northern tip of Minnesota, we’re finishing yet another month of freezing in below-average temperatures and being buried in feet of snow. The only vitamin D I’ve been getting is from supplements, and … Continue reading Reminder: It’s normal for your creative energy to change with the seasons
As I look back on my last several years of being a writer, there is a pattern I’ve noticed: the more I’ve studied and learned about writing, the slower I actually get the writing done. And that’s because the more that I’ve learned, the more that I’ve started holding myself to impossible standards.
After months of change, uncertainty, and disruption of all my plans, I'm finding the strangest thing is happening: my creativity is invigorated like never before.
I'm popping in with some exciting news: we've got a new book out! Say hello to Flat Fee Freelancer by the lovely and talented Stephen Poynter!
It's 100% okay if a global pandemic and economic crisis isn't the setting where you feel your creative best.
The foundation of Building Your Best Writing Life is helping writers overcome resistance and create a regular and sustainable writing practice. While this book covers a wealth of topics related to the writing life, here are my four favorite takeaways:
After several moments of scathing self-criticism, I stopped, horrified at what my mind was doing. Here were the words I had written with such passion during one of the most meaningful and amazing experiences of my life. And rather than looking back with appreciation and love for the girl who set off to take on the world, all I was focusing on was the negative and everything I wanted to change.
Life on Minnesota's North Shore in February means cold, creativity, and plenty of hygge.
Like the rest of the Midwest, the North Shore has been thrown into deep, subzero temperatures, the likes of which we haven't seen in years. The schools have been closed, the winds have been howling, and we've been quickly going through the firewood and hot cocoa.