March 8th, 2017

Living with Writerly Self-Doubt

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Writer's Life

Revisions have always been my favorite part of the writing process. That’s when my geek side takes over and I color code scenes and lay them out and analyze story threads and add the details that pull everything together. A control freak’s happy place.… Read the post

February 8th, 2017

Avoiding Stranger Danger in Your Writing

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Craft | Writer's Life

Let’s face it, the characters you write about are often more familiar to you than your own family and friends. After all, they’re with you 24-7.

Fixing dinner for your family: “So, yeah, hey, you know I think I’m actually allergic to goat cheese which means you really need to scrub that entire amazing scene at the goat.”

3 am: “Hey, hey, did I tell you about my great-great grandmother who had this fear of bread and that’s what motivated me to become a baker?Read the post

January 11th, 2017

Knowing Your Limits as a Writer

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Writer's Life

woman-1889812_1920Someone 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, you have to incorporate that into your book.… Read the post

November 9th, 2016

Conquering about-to-be-published fears

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Writer's Life

My debut comes out in May. It’s exciting. And terrifying.

A box of galleys arrived a week ago. Even before I had the box completely open, I was crying. The top two books are slightly tear- stained now – those will stay on my shelf. 🙂 

I mentioned exciting, right?… Read the post