I am going to tell you two stories.
In one, I win the day.
In the other, I’m a dork.
I was at my friend Cathy’s for an overnight brainstorming session about the new blogging series we are putting together. (You’ll be the first to know about it. I haven’t announced it here because it doesn’t exist yet.)
Between work sessions (okay, fine, and...
Merry Christmas! A while back, I stumbled across this post over at the site for the San Francisco Writers Conference, and now I pass it on to you: A Christmas Wish List for Writers.
What would you add to your own creative wishlist?
Personally, I’d like the lack of fear to show up at my house a little more. The power to ignore discouragers, critics, and the worst naysayer of all — the voice of...
What does December mean to you?
And don’t answer in that oh-so-trendy, commercial-versus-religious-holiday argument way. I’m asking:
What does it mean to you?
Is it the gifts? Was it the gifts, but now it’s something different?
What smells, shapes, visuals, tears come to you when you think of the holidays? Who is with you? Who isn’t?
For me, it changes depending on which year I...
I make a good chunk of my living as a freelance writer and editor.
Last year, we had multiple deaths in the family, and all things writing just slid for a while while we dealt with grief, illness, and eventually, funeral planning.
When unexpected things happen to a freelancer, picking up where you left off can be hard to do when normalcy returns and the grey areas of life give you the chance to get back...
They’re the most painful things to learn, but here they are:
1. You will make mistakes, and that’s okay.
2. No matter how good you think you are, someone else is better.
Early on in your writing career, plenty of mistakes will happen. We all know that. What’s rough to swallow is that even as an established writer, you’re still going to make mistakes. Big ones, even.
One poetry anthology I worked...