Advice from the Wilde: Suck it Up, Buttercup

Don’t quit your day job—at least so says Oscar Wilde in a recently discovered letter, advising a young writer that one of the most important things a successful writer can do is not depend on their craft for income. For those of us that would love to devote our time to that thing we are most passionate about, […]

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Something I learned about writing today: Say. It. Fast. And. Mean. It.

I have been somehow obsessed with word count and page numbers lately. It’s like there’s a restless kangaroo pounding at my belly and urging me to hurry up and finish that manuscript already you useless idiot! Or maybe that’s just my three year old. Either way, I am always wishing I could do things faster […]

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Something I learned about writing today: It takes a village

I don’t know if anyone else besides the author and the people listed within them ever actually reads them, but I have soft spot for Acknowledgments pages. They are like a little peak behind the scenes, a tiny glimpse into how the book in my hand was created. And sometimes a much needed lull at […]

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Something I learned about writing today: to write or have written?

“Why do you write?” My mom asked me this question yesterday afternoon, and after my automatic eye rolling response had passed (there are some parts of adolescence that just won’t die) I thought of a quote from Gloria Steinem: “I do not like to write – I like to have written.” (sourced from goodreads) Do […]

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Something I learned about writing today: manuscripts are like cats

I have suddenly found myself paralyzed in an indecision of the Coke or Pepsi magnitude. I recently got some feedback on a manuscript I ‘finished’ several months ago, and would be totally ready to dig into it if however I also happen to be two drafts in to a completely new one, leaving me with in a […]

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Something I learned about writing today: This is not easy

“They just started casting for the movie—when can you fly down to Hollywood?” Despite all the times I’ve been told publishing is a highly competitive industry, I can’t help it. Every time I send a manuscript off to my agent contact, part of me can’t help but hope that this it. She is going to […]

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Things that inspire me to write #2: This Quote by Randy Pausch

“The brick walls are there for a reason. .. [they] are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture. Rejection, never ending edits, and oh yeah, the fact that there are so many people out there that are clearly better […]

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Things that inspire me to write #11: My mom’s book

It may not have been made into a three-part movie, or have its own product line—in fact it is technically no longer in print—however the fact that my mom’s story, Grizzly Pete and the Ghosts was a) published and b)  by the same people who brought Robert Munsch to the world, is pretty much good enough for […]

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Things that inspire me to write #16: Elizabeth Bachinsky

Like lottery winners and people who dye heir green and actually make it work, there is nothing like seeing someone you know achieve literary success to make you believe it is possible. Elizabeth Bachinsky is one of these people. Sure, I didn’t exactly exchange LOL texts with Liz (and I’m sure she would be okay with me […]

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Things that inspire me to write #18: New Girl the Novel

Whoot! whoot! for Joan…mostly. I ran into a woman I used to be in a writing group with this afternoon and found out one of the manuscripts she was working on, New Girl during our sessions was released as an e-book last October by Musa Publishing. And despite the initial twinge of envy I admit […]

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