Normally, I’d take this lovely writing Friday to share an inspiring quote or writing tip, but today, after reading a conversation among writers about doubt, and asking myself how exactly I do overcome the doubt during the inevitable writer low-points, I realized something: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but really in… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: The Ideas Keep Coming
Better late than never, right? Happy Friday! I’ve been a tad remiss in doing my Friday inspiration posts, but this evening, I’m back with a bang. Thanks to my boyfriend for sending over these awesome rules for writing, from George Orwell’s Wikipedia page. Most of them are common sense, but always worth keeping in mind.… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: George Orwell’s Six Rules for Writing
I’m coming up on the finish line for the first draft of my new work, and, given that it’s National Novel Writing Month, I’ve been thinking a lot about time and writing. How much time is enough? Too much? Does a good novel take more time than a subpar one? Is ten years better than… Continue reading How long does it take to write a novel?
This is perhaps the truest writing advice I’ve ever seen. Happy writing!
Yesterday, I did a post on Nova Ren Suma’s blog, Distraction 99. Nova is an inspiring YA author who I met several years ago in New York, and I was excited to have a chance to guest post for her. As part of her regular series, she asked me to talk about my “turning point”… Continue reading How my writing process completely changed, a new piece for Distraction 99
Happy Saturday! I’m excited to share a little piece I did for Sadie magazine, a very cool online pub for young women. Sadie asked me to share tips and tricks for breaking into writing/publishing, culled from my experiences getting my first book published. Here are a few: 1. Stop stressing about how to get published… Continue reading My advice for up-and-coming writers in Sadie magazine
I re-watched Sideways last night, a novel-based 2004 flick starring Paul Giamatti that won the oscar for best adapted screenplay that year–and if you’ve seen it, it’s easy to see why. I wanted to watch it again, because it’s set in California wine country, and given my new location and recent forays into wine-tasting, I… Continue reading Writing struggles, as told through Sideways
I’m currently working on something new and prepping for the release of The After Girls, and I’m having to get back into the flow of writing new material (not revising or editing or proofing) regularly. That means I need to be positive enough to make myself pull out the computer after work or get up… Continue reading Why writing is a lot more fun than people make it sound (especially young adult)
It’s Saturday morning (pushing afternoon), and I’m sitting on the couch with coffee watching AMC’s Breaking Bad. I have three writing projects I should be currently working on–reworking an article for a news site, completing an edit test for a potential gig in SF, and finishing revisions on my novel–and I am sitting here watching… Continue reading Can TV Watching Be Good for Your Writing?
I’ve always been a big reviser. Though I wish I could crank out near-perfect prose in a first or second draft, that’s just not me. I tend to follow Anne Lamott’s “shitty first drafts” model, which leaves me in the revision phase A LOT. I’m currently finishing up the last (and hopefully light) revision on… Continue reading Top Ten Revising Tips from a Writer Who’s Always Revising