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Writing – and Parenting – In the Dark

Writing – and Parenting – In the Dark

I didn’t start writing seriously until 2013. Not because I was trying to develop my craft, or because I wanted to collect more life experiences, but because that was the year my youngest turned four, and up until then I hadn’t strung together three consecutive hours of sleep since 2005. As a single mother of […]

March 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Finding Your Purpose As A Writer

Finding Your Purpose As A Writer

The books of my youth erased me. Growing up, I read Nancy Drew mysteries long past my bedtime. I owned all the hardcover, yellow-spine books about the exploits of the young detective. I idolized my namesake driving her blue convertible through the idyllic town of River Heights with her red hair blowing in the breeze. […]

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Surviving the Dank and Lonely Editing Cave

Surviving the Dank and Lonely Editing Cave

As I write in this terribly uncomfortable chair, I’ve just finished over five months of straight editing. Five. Straight. Months. All writers know the woes of editing: The empty loneliness that sometimes accompanies us in our dark, dank, and dusty writing caves. The desire to slam your face into your keyboard because hey, maybe that […]

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The Distracted Writer

The Distracted Writer

It is always my intention to turn off wi-fi when I write. It has yet to happen. What if I need to look something up? After all, I write historical fiction and there is always a fact to check, a photo to look at, a map to consider. I often wonder how people wrote before […]

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It’s Not Rejection; It’s Feedback.

It’s Not Rejection; It’s Feedback.

I imagine the easygoing among us don’t remember their first time receiving constructive criticism; teflon, some people, or indifferent. Not me. In primary school the report card system was E for excellent, S for satisfactory, and U for unsatisfactory. I swam in a pool of excellence until the day I received an S in handwriting. By the […]

March 18, 2017 | By | 6 Replies More
How To Write What Hurts

How To Write What Hurts

You have a story to tell; something you’ve experienced that can help other people. It’s been burning inside of you, screaming that you give it a voice. But, as I know too well, sitting in front of the computer is a completely different animal. Words freeze up as thoughts refuse to be expressed. Memories hide […]

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Transitioning From Freelance to Full-Time Writer

Transitioning From Freelance to Full-Time Writer

How I Found Freelance Writing Jobs  In fall 2015, I started researching how to build a freelance writing business to make money. I signed up on Upwork.com and was able to search for assignments. I also began researching start-ups in my home city, Chicago. Blogs are all the rage for companies these days. They drive […]

March 16, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
Dialogue: Say, Say, Say What You Want, Although …

Dialogue: Say, Say, Say What You Want, Although …

Most writers would agree they love interacting with other writers. After all, who understands the trials, tribulations, crippling self-doubt and (at times elusive) euphoria better than a fellow author? But ask us scribblers how we feel about writing dialogue and it seems the group is split clean down the middle. Half of us love to […]

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On Finishing What We Start, and Other Writerly Myths

On Finishing What We Start, and Other Writerly Myths

I often joke with friends that if you don’t finish what you start, you’ll end up with a trail of half-eaten sandwiches around the house. I don’t remember where I first heard this analogy for unfinished work, but it’s such a vivid image that it’s stuck with me all these years. Can you imagine how […]

March 14, 2017 | By | Reply More
Back to Square One: A Celebration

Back to Square One: A Celebration

It happened, like most things in my writing life were wont to do, at 11pm. I opened the laptop, looked at the ghostwriting project I was working on, and realised that I was done with my itinerant writing life. It was time to go back to my true love: fiction. Of course, I’ll write whatever […]

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