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Finding (and Keeping) a Good Writing Critique Partner

I've participated in a whopping two critique group sessions and one official meeting with my critique partner. Of course, as is now commonplace, despite my limited experience, I suddenly think I'm an expert. (Thanks Holiday Inn!)

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Let’s be Rebels! Breaking the Rules…of Writing

I have never been particularly good at following the rules...

A Writer’s Dilemma: Between the Books—Is There a “Best Time” to Start a New Project?

Writer Seeking Advice: As a writer, is there a best time to start a new book?

Going Grammando, or Not—Why You Should Break the Rules!

My family's new TV obsession is a show called Adam Ruins Everything. And recently we watched an episode where Adam ruined...wait for it writers and book lovers... grammar!...dun dun dun...

How a Year of Blogging Has Made Me a Better Person and Novelist

I started writing my blog when Travelers I was published in October 2016 and, at the time, I decided I would write a blog post every day. It was ambitious, but if I'm going to do something I'm going to do it all the way.

The Mind of a Sleep Deprived Writer

Disclaimer: I wrote this blog while severely sleep deprived. Read on if you dare.

NaNoWriMo Newbie: Advice from Week 1

If you read my blog last week on NaNoWriMo, you already know I'm a newbie to this writing event. I didn't quite know what to expect when I started. It's now been one week (technically 8 days when I'm writing this). What have I learned so far? Anything?

Graduation Time Reflections: A Writer’s Letter to Her Younger Self

Last weekend I went to my niece's high school graduation party. The youthful exuberance, the freedom to be weird, the optimism all felt exhilarating. However, in the air there was also a pinch of uncertainty, a drop of teenage arrogance and a refusal to accept that change was coming and coming swiftly....

Friday Five: 5 Reasons NOT to Write What You Know

Whether you're a writer or not, you've heard people say "write what you know." The idea is that you should stick to topics with which you have experience. I think that this advice is garbage.

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