Why Writing a Novel Feels Both Expansive and Claustrophobic

An interesting phenomenon takes place as you increase word count. Over the past year, I have been writing works of speculative fiction to several different lengths including short stories (under 7,000 words), serial episodes (about 10,000 words), novellas (about 30,000 words), and novels (70,000+ words). A Novel’s Unique Spatial Paradox I’ve found that with novels, […]

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Leveraging Writing Conferences

As a writer, I’ve learned to love the conference scene. Actually, I’m completely drained by large social gatherings–evidence that I am a legitimate introvert. But here’s why I have evolved to deem conferences worthy of the energy expenditure! This list is in context of a few highlights from Life, the Universe, and Everything 2015 (LTUE), […]

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4 Resolves Inspired by Ray Bradbury

Last year I took on an overarching theme as my resolve for my personal and writing life: to become more congruent. I had never gone this route of approaching my goals thematically more than specifically and loved doing it. For now, my thematic goal is…CONTENTMENT. I want to be more content both personally and as a writer, […]

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10 Ways Creative Writing Can Empower Your Entire Life

Today I’m marveling a bit about how many spill-over effects writing has had on my entire life, and how pervasively it has benefited me as a fumbling human. Creative writing has been part of my life in some form or another since I was little, though I was mostly dabbling in it or journaling. When […]

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23 Productivity Tricks and Tips for Writers

Productivity is just as important for creatives as it is for business moguls. But as creatives, we don’t have to follow the same old productivity advice. Instead, why not employ our creativity toward designing a writerly life we can actually live with?! Here are 23 such ways I came up with: 1. Define and defend […]

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Finding Esther Williams, or Other Writing Muses

The usual things inspire me to write: reading, traveling, people watching, exercising, showering, interesting conversations, and societal issues. But this past month I’ve been running into more oblique inspirations (read: weird inspirations). According to Steve Jobs, weird associations are par for the course for creativity: “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they […]

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