Racine, I’m falling for you.

Autumn is upon us. That means pumpkin spice everything, warm sweaters, and a brand new Racine Arts Council’s Writer-in-Residence. My name’s Emily and it’s really nice to meet you. I was born in Racine and I’ve lived here most of my life. Growing up, my parents taught me two lessons over and over again that…

Think Well – No Plot? No Problem!

The first thing I quickly realized about NaNoWriMo was that it would not be easy. As soon as I announced I was going to do it, the members of my writers’ groups chimed in.  Some people stated the obvious –  it is nearly impossible to write a book in 30 days. Others mentioned that they…

Think Well – NaNoWriMo

Summer was grand but I must admit, I have always loved Autumn. I am especially looking forward to November. Although I enjoy all the time spent with friends and family around various feasts at various tables, that’s not what I am most excited about. You see, last year I did something different with my November….

Think Well – TED Talks

Ok, so maybe you’re not the kind of person who likes learning via online courses. Sitting in front of a computer and reading page after page after page of information and then taking a quiz on the topic doesn’t have to be your cup of tea. Not to mention the sixteen week long commitment it…

Think Well – GALE Courses

I loved school. As a matter of fact, I loved school so much, I have been considering going back to get my master’s degree. But getting into a program like that tends to take time and money; not to mention a portfolio of your talents by which they decide whether you merit a spot in…

Think Well – The Complete Novel Writer’s Handbook

I recently wrote a novel. Now, hold on. Don’t get too excited. The novel is kind of bad. Really bad, actually. But that’s what happens during NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month in case you are not familiar with the term). For thirty days, you furiously write your heart out and at the end of your…

Think Well – The Writer’s Market

So, you’re ready to get your writing out there! But, out where? That’s where The Writer’s Market (TWM) comes in handy. I first discovered The Writer’s Market while taking a free online course on freelance writing and once I purchased my own copy, I was hooked. The Writer’s Market is a massive tool that is…

Think Well – Magic Lessons Podcast with Elizabeth Gilbert

I have a minor addiction to podcasts. But let’s be serious, on demand radio is pretty cool. In my podcast cache, I have a little gem I like to listen to called “Magic Lessons” hosted by Elizabeth Gilbert. If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it kind of should. She was a journalist…

Think Well – On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

Writers are endlessly telling stories, but hearing (or in this case, reading) a writer tell his own story about his journey as an author is a different kind of adventure. It makes my own aspirations seem so much more achievable. No one ever sits us down to tell us “this is how it’s done.” Short…

Think Well – Writer’s Groups

Writing can be a very solitary sport. I channel my inner Ernest Hemingway best when I’m alone at a greasy 24-hour diner at 2 am with a slice of uneaten pie because my story simply won’t let me sleep. But that scenario doesn’t happen very often. Odds are I’ll get a great idea and scribble…

Summer Is In Session

Of all of my bad habits, the one I hate the most is that I get ready, I take aim, but rarely fire. Figuratively speaking. I have no follow through. I rarely reap the rewards of delayed gratification. I never stick with something long enough. This lovely little habit to over-prepare and under-deliver has left…

I’m a Writer, Not an Orator

Despite my desire to remain hidden behind the sofa, I do occasionally teach classes.  Usually it’s when I can’t find a way to avoid doing so.  I’m a terrible public speaker. I am, however, a decent organizer for the information that floats around inside my head.  I’m a good researcher (to fill in the stuff…