The lingering aroma of burnt pumpkin cookies wafting from the kitchen reminds me of the date. It’s autumn again. That tells me it’s been four years since I started this book, and I haven’t published a page. My ambitions of publication and daydreams of sold-out book signings are worn and threadbare now. Sitting in my dorm room, the pounding raindrops outside take me back to that time.… Read More The Rabbit Hole to Wonderland: a Reflection on the Journey of Writing a Novel
Does writing make you anxious? Are you afraid of publishing, one-star reviews, or failure? Is the state of the world simply too much for you to focus on writing? Are these fears hurting you today? If the answer to any of those is yes, then this article is for you, writer.… Read More Let’s Talk Writing Anxiety: How to Address & Deal in a Healthy Way
I won’t deny the importance of word-count. But I begin to wonder if we’ve gone too far in the pressures of word-count goals.… Read More Is My Novel Too Short? – Thoughts on the Word-Count Obsession
I can say with all honesty that I’ve never worked harder on anything than I have this novel.… Read More My Book was Scheduled to Come out 2 Years Ago, and I’m Still Editing
Suddenly, it’s all falling apart. What if I’m wasting my time by rewriting? What if changing all of this was unnecessary? What if this never pans out? What if I’m not good enough?… Read More Self-Doubt – Why I’m not an Instagram-Perfect Writer
I literally just wrote a few weeks ago how my book is “wrapping up” and “almost done” and “final editing” blah blah blah. What happened?! I was so sure of myself! I had such a great plan laid out. It was gonna be perfect! Here’s the thing, though: sometimes – most times – my own plans don’t work out. And that’s okay!… Read More Well, That Didn’t go as Planned: Confessions of a Writer Who Doesn’t Know What She’s Doing
I walked up and down the book aisles of Target. Back and forth. Scanning the shelves with remarkable care, even though every title is familiar by now.
Give me some credit: I don’t have a real bookstore near me. Books-A-Million is a half hour away, McKay’s is further, and Barnes and Noble is even further. So, I go to Target. Oddly enough, it’s one of my favorite stores anyway.
I’m having some Book Struggles. It’s capitalized because it should be a real thing by now, if that makes sense.… Read More Irritation in the Book Aisle – Writing the Book You Want to Read