Ready to Rest

We're more than a third of the way through our 100 days of writing and closing in on the 50 day milestone. Already we've heard from guest writers; we've shared ups and downs. There are many more to come, I assure you. In the coming weeks there are yet more writers stopping by for a … Continue reading Ready to Rest

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?

Setting Goals You Can Achieve

So you're ready to embark on the Write 100 challenge. You're excited to commit yourself to writing more. But it's not enough to print off your challenge calendar and just write. The excitement and energy of the challenge is fresh on this first day, but it's important to give yourself what you need to cross … Continue reading Setting Goals You Can Achieve

7 Days to Go!

It's that time again. The next Write 100 Group Challenge gets underway just one week from today. Join fellow writers around the world for 100 days of putting pen to paper.   If you've ever wanted writing to be part of your life this challenge will help you cultivate a sustainable writing practice as you … Continue reading 7 Days to Go!

Summer Vacation: A Writer’s Guide

Summer brings new places and new routines. With our first group challenge completed, the writing routine may look a little different too. It's important to take advantage of times of transition and different paces of life to bolster our writing. The most important thing is to keep writing. Find a writing routine that works for you, … Continue reading Summer Vacation: A Writer’s Guide

100 Days of Words + News

One hundred days ago we were still in the throes of a seemingly endless winter (at least in my part of the world). One hundred days ago we didn't know what we were getting ourselves into. One hundred days ago there were words and ideas locked away inside of each of us. Today, we've reached … Continue reading 100 Days of Words + News