Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

I'm sure you've heard this advice before: get your first draft down. Don't overthink it. Just get the thoughts down, get the words down, and finish. It's common advice, and it's not hard to see why. One of the hardest lessons for a new writer to learn is that you have to actually finish projects. … Continue reading Why Garbage First Drafts are Good–As Long As You’re Being Strategic

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Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors

I looooove Sarah Andersen's comics. They're one of the only reasons I check Twitter, because I'm clearly not going to get over my social anxiety and talk to someone. This gem came out over the holidays. Let's talk about it! https://twitter.com/SarahCAndersen/status/943504157960421377 Practice! Practice. Practice. I want to keep its URL in an easy-to-reach place and … Continue reading Creativity, the Myth of “Innate Talent,” and What it Means for Authors

Why I’ve Never Done NaNoWriMo (But I Am This Year)

National Novel Writing Month (or NaNoWriMo) is one of the most well-known writing events out there. Every November, NaNoWriMo challenges you to write a 50,000-word novel by the end of the month. People hold local write-ins in their communities, meet other local writers, and write like crazy. And it's hugely popular. Every November, every author … Continue reading Why I’ve Never Done NaNoWriMo (But I Am This Year)

The Fixed and Growth Mindsets: How a Popular Psychology Book Applies to Authors

First thing's first: want a free copy of Justice Unending? Then check out my Goodreads giveaway! It's running from Sept. 25 to Oct. 21 and is available to everyone in the U.S. and Canada (sorry, everyone else! Shipping is expensive.) Good luck! And now, on to the post! About a year or so ago, I … Continue reading The Fixed and Growth Mindsets: How a Popular Psychology Book Applies to Authors

Finding Motivation for Writing: Focusing Small Successes

After years of writing, I've learned a very strange thing about myself: when I feel like garbage, a story isn't working, and I know it needs a lot of work before it's "done," the absolute worst, most demoralizing thing I can think is "but imagine what it'll be like when it's published!" Yes, demoralizing. It … Continue reading Finding Motivation for Writing: Focusing Small Successes