January 18th, 2017

Rules for a Successful Writing Life from Maya Angelou

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Today I’m thinking about the people who inspired me on this writing journey.

There are the usual suspects… My mother, who encouraged my constant scribbling. The 6th grade teacher who put my essay up on the wall with a shiny gold star. Countless friends and teachers, in my home […]

January 11th, 2017

Knowing Your Limits as a Writer

Someone I know is going through a personal tragedy that has rocked my insides to the point I can’t think about it without bursting into tears. The idea of dealing with something like this paralyzes me.

I was talking to a writer friend about it and her response was typically writerish – “Oh my god, […]

January 6th, 2017

How Bad Times and New Starts Affect Our Writing

Janice Hardy, @Janice_Hardy

When I sat down to write this post I intended to write about writing. It’s what I love doing, and why folks tend to invite me to guest post on their blogs (which I appreciate). But this came at a time when I’m feeling reflective and optimistically hopeful about the new […]

January 4th, 2017

7 Tips to “Level Up” Your Writing Career

We’re at the beginning of another year. On Monday, we posted our annual “Word of the Year” blog. My main word is focus, but that’s not my only word. I have seven more that are going to help me make major gains in my writing skill and my writing career. I hope they can help you to get where […]

January 2nd, 2017

What word will guide your writing life in 2017?

The start of a new year has most of us reflecting on the previous year and making grand plans for the coming year. I don’t make resolutions. To me, they’re empty wishes. I set goals. And each year, I think of one word that will guide me through the year and keep me on track […]