Do Your Characters Talk to You? Should They?

Have you ever heard a writer talk about her characters as if… they were real? Like, as if the writer were not entirely in control of her own work? It used to be my pet peeve to hear writers say “my main character told me _____,” or in more ludicrous scenarios, “my main character refused … Continue reading Do Your Characters Talk to You? Should They?

Take Critique Like A Pro

Feedback is critical for a writer. It's also tricky. Good feedback can help you unlock parts of your story and discover new possibilities, whereas bad feedback can set you back, send you down a wrong path, and even derail the necessary confidence. The dividing line between the two is often thin. So how do you navigate … Continue reading Take Critique Like A Pro

A Work in Progress

I’m not sure what I expected the writing life to be like. Sure, I had dreams about what it would be like to be a writer… the book tours, the conventions, the autograph sessions… but I don’t think I sat down and thought about what it would actually be like to be a writer. What … Continue reading A Work in Progress

6 Virtues of the Writing Life

The Write 100 Challenge is a long haul, and the writing life even more so. These coming weeks have the potential to shape you, as a writer and as a person. But how will they shape you? These virtues of the writing life are foundational for the work we seek to do. Make it your … Continue reading 6 Virtues of the Writing Life

Who’s A Writer, Anyway?

Do you consider yourself a writer? Whatever your answer is - yes, no, -ish? - this post is for you. I don’t consider myself a writer. I never have. Which is entertaining, considering that I’m now embarking on the Write 100 Challenge for the second time, but more about that later. I have a very … Continue reading Who’s A Writer, Anyway?