Things I Suck At (Or, What I’m Learning From Working With an Editor)

I admit that the title of this post is click-bait, since I don’t really think I suck, but I AM learning a lot from my first go around with a professional editor. In preparation for self-publishing my first book this Spring, I am working with Nancy Cassidy, an amazing freelance editor at The Red PenContinue reading “Things I Suck At (Or, What I’m Learning From Working With an Editor)”

Author, Know Thyself! How your personality type shapes your writing

   An introduction to personality types (and a bit about me) Lately I’ve been thinking about how personality type affects my writing – specifically, how it can improve or hinder my word count. In my day-job-world, I’m currently enrolled in a management course that has afforded me the opportunity  to take all kinds of personality testsContinue reading “Author, Know Thyself! How your personality type shapes your writing”

When Life Gets In The Way – Writer’s Block and Creativity

Ever feel like there just isn’t enough time in the day to accomplish everything you’d planned? Or worse, that there was enough time but you’ve squandered it, frittered away the hours doing God knows what when you could have been – should have been – writing, or reading, or doing anything but watching back-to-back episodes of TheContinue reading “When Life Gets In The Way – Writer’s Block and Creativity”

You Can’t Throw a Gavel Without Hitting a Lawyer-Turned-Author

Some of the jobs I’ve held include: short order cook, nanny, postmaster’s assistant, and “background talent” (read – extra in movies and commercials). But of all the jobs I’ve tried, the one that I’m least likely to write about is the one that I spent the most time training for – my current profession ofContinue reading “You Can’t Throw a Gavel Without Hitting a Lawyer-Turned-Author”

On Writing: Life Hacks to Help You Write

What if a pill could make you rich and powerful? This is the tagline attached to 2011’s Limitless, a film about struggling writer Eddie Morra, who is able to access 100% of his mental abilities with the help of a mysterious, experimental pill. Predictably, mayhem ensues as the miracle drug turns out to be moreContinue reading “On Writing: Life Hacks to Help You Write”

On Writing: Educating Myself on Diversity in Fiction

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about diversity in genre fiction – where to find it, how to write it, and what it means. In my own writing, I aim to include people of diverse backgrounds and histories, whether cultural, racial, sexual or otherwise, but like many authors, I worry about whether I’m “doing diversityContinue reading “On Writing: Educating Myself on Diversity in Fiction”

To Write Is An Act of Courage

I recently came across an entry on style and body image blog Already Pretty that resonated with me. Entitled “What Could You Accomplish?”, the post discusses a conversation the author had with a female friend, who said that she would never run for office because of the scrutiny and criticism she would receive for herContinue reading “To Write Is An Act of Courage”