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What Writers Can Learn from Musicians

Before I was a writer, I was a musician (I still am). Of all the arts, I think music is the one that best understands that non-glamorous word: Consistency. You’re not going to learn that song if you don’t sit your butt down (almost) every day and play. You’re not going to improve your

Journal Writing Prompts

“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” ~Joan Didion I’ve been doing a little research into a journaling workshop I’ll be doing later this summer. As I’ve buzzed around the internet, there are a

NaNoWriMo: A Glance in the Rearview Mirror

This is the first year I did NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t even really thinking or planning to do it. I knew I didn’t have time for 50K words. But on Halloween I saw a friend doing it on Facebook. I had an idea I wanted to get on paper and I was a little worried

Five Tips for Writing When You Don’t Want To

I’ve been thinking about some of this stuff due to NaNoWriMo, but it’s pretty much always helpful when you want to get some writing done. Make a small goal. Yeah, 2000 words sounds really impressive. Until you don’t do it because it’s just so daunting. But one page. Most of us can hammer out


You know, I really need to learn to say NaNaWriMo because every time I try to verbally speak it, I sound like my tongue has swollen inside my mouth. I wasn’t going to do NaNaWriMo. Like, ever. I’m a slow and steady girl. I don’t generally need big outside motivators once I’ve decided to