Great Gift for Writers! Meraki Writers Subscription Box

I love subscription boxes. They come in the mail once a month, full of fun little goodies you might never have even heard of otherwise, much less purchased for yourself. That’s why I was excited to have the opportunity to review the Meraki Box from Alicia Jones, who curates this customizable, affordable, and highly giftable […]

Top Books of 2016

My Top Books of 2016

The one thing that’s almost as fun as looking back on the writing I accomplished during the year is looking back on reading my top books of 2016. Ironically, the one year I decide to host a “Read 100 Books in a Year” challenge on Goodreads is also the first year in recent memory when I […]

20 Gifts That Should Be On Every Writer's List This Christmas

20 Christmas Gifts for Writers That Should Be On Your List

Tired of people giving you books and pens for Christmas? Oh, wait, of course you’re not—not if you’re a writer! But if you’re tired of everybody on your list giving you books and pens, here’s a little inspiration to help them choose just the right Christmas gifts for writers like you. Christmas Gifts for Writers Under […]

15 More Reasons Writing Is Important

15 (More) Reasons Writing Is Important–in Your Own Words

Is writing important? I posed that question two weeks ago in the post “5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World.” Obviously, the conclusion I came to (after some sincere soul-searching) was that yes, writing and storytelling is a crucial part of building a better world and encouraging one another in our own quests for Truth. But […]

The Most Important Thing You'll Ever Do: WRITE

5 Reasons Writing Is Important to the World

I find myself a little trepidatious as I sit down to write this post. I just downed my morning coffee, and the caffeine is kicking in and latching onto my nerves, making my fingers just a little trembly. Why am I nervous? Because this is such a big post. And such a deeply personal post. […]

How Fast Must You Write To Be A Successful Author?

How to Write Faster (and Why Maybe You Shouldn’t)

Today, I’m going to be contradictory: first, I’m going to show you how to master a killer skill (namely, how to write faster)–and then I’m going to tell you why you shouldn’t use it. There are two reasons you might be interested in learning how to write faster: 1. Your daily word count is abysmal and you’re […]

How Being an OCD Writer Nearly Ruined My Career

How Being an OCD Writer Nearly Killed My Career

Not all writers are obsessive-compulsive, but enough of us are that the idea of “the OCD writer” has become something of a joke. This is why every writer has to make a decision: be OCD and get a few mutual laughs–or stop being OCD and actually get some writing done. Now, of course, the least funny […]

The 6-Part Process to / Successfully Self-Publishing Your Book

The 6-Part Process to Successfully Self-Publishing Your Book

Today, I’m guest posting over on Cultured Vultures, with the post “The 6-Part Process to Successfully Self-Publishing Your Book.” Here’s an excerpt: I used to be ashamed to admit I was a self-published author. People—even someone as ancillary as the hairdresser—would ask me what I did, and I’d blush and mumble. Half of them probably […]

How to Win NaNo Using Totally Doable Daily and Weekly Writing Goals

How to Win NaNo Using Totally Doable Daily and Weekly Writing Goals

What’s the one and only key to winning National Novel Writing Month? For that matter, what’s the key to writing a novel to its finish and being a successful writer, day in and day out, for the rest of your life? If you cheated by peeking at the title, then you’re probably already guessing “writing […]

5 Lies Writers Tell Themselves

For a long time, I lied to myself about being a writer by telling myself things like “writers are poor,” “you can’t make a living as a writer,” and “writing novels isn’t a career option.” And these lies writers tell themselves (aka: limiting beliefs) were holding me back from being the writer I dreamed of […]