A Wishlist for Writers

Do you have a writer in your life? Someone who craves words and sharing them with others? I know I can’t speak for all writers, but perhaps I can lend a helping hand if you’re looking for ways to encourage the wordsmith in your life. Writing journal. Not all writers use journals, but a great many of us use journals …

Writer’s Life: Pressure

I was in seventh grade. In a class with our school counselor, I learned a fascinating truth: Stress can be a good thing. We started talking about the difference between eustress and distress. We took a stress factor inventory. It just so happened that was a more-stressful-than-most year for me, which I took in with a certain sense of pride. …

Writer’s Life: Why Workshop?

At this moment, I am sitting on a university campus, sipping some coffee, and waiting for the first session of the day. I’m at a conference, and loving every minute of it. Yes, I’m one of those people. When given the opportunity, I jump at the chance to meet with others in my fields of interest and fully immerse myself …

Writers on Vacation

I just came back from a wonderful vacation. Things I packed: swimsuit, sunscreen, novel, writing journal. Actually, this list is similar to my vacation suitcase since I was a grade schooler. Even though I didn’t necessarily write all the time as a kid, when vacation rolled around, I would grab a notebook and let my imagination loose on the long …

Writer’s Life: The Voices in My Mind

As a writer, my head is filled with voices. Now, I’ve talked about the voice of my inner critic previously, so we’ll ignore that one today. Instead, I’d like to pay tribute to the many voices that echo within as I write, and explain how they help me along the way. Mentor Voices  “Make sure you don’t let a character …

Am I a Writer?

Back in the days when most of my creativity was channeled through making jewelry and keeping toddlers entertained, I came across metal tips for fountain pens. They had belonged to my grandma, and I fell in love with the charm of them. (That’s probably why those fancy tips are so often included in my blog post images.) I began decorating …

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 …