Like every author, I’m hoping to go the way of J.K. Rowling or Stephanie Meyer. That’s right – film franchises baby! But no, seriously, all authors write because we want readers. Some want to entertain their readers, some want to share cooking tips, and so on. What is your angle? Think about it. If you or… Read More
The Writer’s Work-Life Balance
Ah, the unreachable work life balance. What does it even mean? For me, it is the hopeful dream of someday having just enough time to accomplish everything that is important to me, without feeling rushed. But everyone’s ideal work life balance is different. In fact, it might not even contain the words “work” or “life”.… Read More
Living Your Writing (or How I Convinced Myself to Run a Marathon)
This month I’m almost exactly 26.2 years old. I’ve achieved a marathon in years lived, and what do I have to show for it? A lot of experiences worth writing about, that’s for sure! On June 19th, 2010 I ran Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, MN. It was my first marathon (still my only marathon) and it was… Read More
Magic versus Reality: Which is more real?
Fiction is not real by definition, but what kind of fiction speaks more truthfully to you as a reader? As a teenager I wished dearly to be transported into Anne McAffrey’s Pern, Tolkien’s Middle Earth, Robert Jordan’s Two Rivers, and so on. I wanted to be somewhere not boring and not ordinary. Now I am drawn to historical fiction… Read More
Where do words go when they die?
This post started out as a lamentation on the pitfalls of the writing and critique process. I wrote four paragraphs and then deleted them just now. Oops, I just did it again. You will never see those paragraphs or those words. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Maybe they were bad paragraphs.… Read More