Fixing my Blog

Over this summer, I realized that I miss my blog and writing the, “Huh, here’s what I’m thinking or observing about life” pieces that I used to write regularly. My blog is where I found my voice. It started on a free wordpress(dot)com site ten years ago, and I still well remember the terror I…

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Book Writing Strategies for Aspiring Authors that Actually Work

20 Writing Strategies Aspiring Authors can Use to Plan, Write, and Finish their First Books An interesting thing happens when I tell people that I’m a writer. Their eyes open wide in surprise, and they usually say one of two things, either, “Oh, that’s so cool. I could never do that,” OR “Oh my gosh,…

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7 Strategies for Breaking Through Creative Blocks

[Originally posted April 2013; updated Jan. 2020] Before we dive into creative blocks, I first want to address the idea of “writer’s block.” I would argue that even though I’m writing a post about it, there’s actually no such thing as “writer’s block.” Here’s why I object to the idea of writer’s block. If I…

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Becoming Creative

They say that every story has been told. As writers, then, we must somehow figure out how to make our stories original and unique. We must push the boundaries of the expected and come up with creative details, characters, phrasing, and plots. This can be scary…but it can also be fun. It’s the part of…

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