Inspiration is Everywhere

Have you ever felt like there was nothing inspiring to write about? I have too. But not lately! This gig as the Racine Writer-in-Residence just keeps getting better and better. I’ve been doing this for a while now, and feel like I’m really getting into a groove. Today, I’d like to invite you to groove…

Seven Things Every Writer Needs to Succeed

 Every writer is unique, but there are some things we tend to have in common. Following is a list of things you might consider getting into place if you want to succeed as a writer.     1. A clear definition of “success.” Many writers’ definition of success includes an audience or the money having an audience can bring….

Are You Still Thinking About Easter?

Are you still thinking about Easter? I am. I can’t walk into a store to grab a pound of ground chuck or pick up a prescription without being tempted by all the half-price candy. In the last couple of weeks leading up to and following the holiday, I have eaten three entire bags of Starburst…

When Did You Know? You’ve been on both ends of the question. You’ve asked and been asked about a lot of different things: “When did you know… “…you loved him? Loved her? “…you were ready to buy a house​?” And maybe most famously,​ for the ladies at least​: “When did you know you were pregnant?” I…

Blogs on Blogs: Good Representation

Representation matters. I believe one of the most important reasons to tell stories is to connect to people, and everyone deserves to have well rounded, well written characters they can relate to. Our stories can be tragically lacking in good representations of certain groups, though. People of color, people with disabilities, and various members of…

Eat, Drink, and Be Writing

We all have our favorite foods. Food is an important part of life and few places is that more evident than the holidays. Maybe it’s your aunt’s prize winning pumpkin pie, or the cookies you decorate with your kids. You could be drinking sparkling bubbly, warm hot chocolate, or a special tea that help you…

Blogs on Blogs: Pump Up Your Prose

There are a lot of ways to be a writer and a lot of ways to approach the craft of writing. Some people like to pic the process of telling a story apart, examining character arcs and scene beats with a microscope until they give up their secrets. Other people just go about telling a…

You Are Not Your Tools

A few months ago I was watching Brandon Sanderson talk about writing on Youtube. In one of the lectures, he discusses the idea of Architects and Gardener. It wasn’t a new concept for me. In the Nanowrimo community, the delineations is better known as Planner and Pantsers. Whatever names you assign the camps, the ideas…

Things That Will Kill You

Metaphorically, of course. Sorry about that little bit of melodrama. I’d like to talk about the things that will metaphorically kill you and, very non-metaphorically, kill your writing. Things like fear, regret, and, in my personal case at the moment, guilt. Because, as Frank Herbert put it, “fear is the mind-killer.” Writers are some super…

National Novel Writing Month Is Upon Us

As some of you are no doubt aware, November is National Novel Writing Month, often shortened to Nanowrimo. Elkid did a blog post about her Nanowrimo adventures already, but seeing as we’re actually in the thick of it now, I thought I would revisit the subject. Nanowrimo is a pretty big deal in the writing…

The World Needs Your Story

It’s been a heck of a year. It’s hard not to notice when the world is—both figuratively and literally—on fire. Whether you’ve had a loved one in the path of a massive hurricane. Or you watched in horror at the violence in Las Vegas. Or struggled with a more personal trauma. There is really no…