Category: Writing Life

NaNoWriMo Boot Camp: Why Write?

Once again, NaNoWriMo fast approaches. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned veteran, I aim to help you get the best experience as possible with my NaNoWriMo Boot Camp. I myself won’t be participating this year; I will traveling to…

Public Speaking as a Writer

As a writer who not only speaks publicly about writing, but also organizes writing workshops and seminars as part of her day job, it always amazes me what sorts of things writers think others in their field want to hear about.…

How natural talent ruins writing careers

Natural talent ruins writing careers? I just read an article, and it really changed the way I think of my writing, and my overall productivity in general. The article in question is The Atlantic’s “Why Writer’s are the Worst Procrastinators“, which expounded…

Writing Tasks vs. Writing Goals

Last week, I published the article Setting Realistic Writing Goals, where I talked about my new writing philosophy: having smaller writing ‘goals’ in order to be more productive. I was chatting with a writing friend about the article, and we…

setting realistic writing goals

One of the most difficult parts of establishing your writing routine is setting realistic writing goals and making measurable progress every day (or week, if you don’t write every day). Just because you’re sitting down in front of your computer does…

The Power of Writing 15 Minutes a Day

Tomorrow is the first day of October, the beginning of the hectic Oh-my-god-NaNoWriMo-is-only-31-days-away-better-start-planning!” season. Now, you know I’m all about NaNoWriMo and the frantic push to write 50,000 words in 30 days. But before we start with this year’s NaNoWriMo prep…

The 4 Best Writing Podcasts

Hi, everyone! Yesterday, Freakonomics Radio released a podcast entitled How to Create Suspense, which included an interview with bestselling author Harlan Coban. The podcast focused on what suspense is, and how to use it to greatest effect. While Freakonomics Radio…