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Five Habits for a Writer’s Life

You may have written for years; you may have written for days. But if you’re looking for a few new habits to introduce into your life as a writer, here are a handful I heartily endorse: Write. Yes, okay. That seems obvious. But far too many writers don’t write—myself included, during certain stages of my life. But there are several …

Saying Goodbye to Your Writing

“Did you cry?” An author friend asked me this as I recently sent in my manuscript to the publisher. It was my largest writing project to date; I finished a trilogy of fiction novels. Knowing myself and the way I handle transitions and grieving in general, I had a hunch that any reactions I would have would probably be delayed. …

Behind the Scenes (Writing for a Musical)

Not long ago, I had the unexpected pleasure of channeling my hymn writing interests into writing lyrics for a school musical. Today, I’m enjoying the fruits of that project as I listen to my kids and their fellow students practice the songs! It reminded me of a joint interview I was able to be a part of, teaming up with …

Reading Like a Writer

“What book are you teaching right now?” Me: “[Enter title here.]” “Do you like it?” Me: “It’s not my favorite, but since I’ve spent so much time teaching it, I can appreciate it.” During my time as a teacher, conversations like the one above occurred fairly often. But I hadn’t given it much thought lately until this week, when the …

Setting Goals

Writing and a new year have at least one thing in common: goals. Sure, some of us choose to make them and others don’t, but goals are often a key aspect to both writing and starting a new calendar year. So, are you making any goals for this year? How about writing goals? When it comes to writing, here are …