Finding the Beacon

Some of my writer friends say they do not believe in writer’s block. I’d like to think I’m a faucet of creative genius that I can just turn on when it’s time to start working, then turn off when it’s time to do something else (like go to...

I am the Rooster

    January is one of those times when I can’t help but re-evaluate how I’m navigating through this life. I know I’m not the only person who feels that way, but after a few months of topsy-turviness that made me feel like I was getting an...

Plant a Garden, Grow Your Writing Self

  What does a binge writer do when she sends her manuscript off to the publisher? First, she wrings her hands for a few minutes, hoping they like it and it doesn’t put her in the dreaded sophomore slump. Then she gardens. Or she tries. Even thought she is...

Letter #4: Where Our Teaching Takes Us

Note to readers: My friend Katie Rose Guest Pryal (who is also a talented novelist) and I are writing letters to each other on our blogs. I’m posting them here, and she’s also posting our letters on her site. Previous letters are in the archives.  ...

Letter #3: From Student to Teacher

My writing partner and novelist friend Katie Note to readers: My friend Katie Rose Guest Pryal (who is also a talented novelist) and I are writing letters to each other and cross-posting on each other’s blog. Check out her site here, and see our previous letter...