• Life,  Writing

    Why You Should Read Stories You Hate

    There is valuable writing information to be gleaned from even those stories that you can’t wait to put down. We’ve all been there — settling in for a relaxing evening with a cup of tea ready to read the latest acquisition from the local bookstore, only to disappointed after getting a few chapters in. What sounded like an interesting plot nestled in promising pages encapsulated by some killer cover art ends up a disappointment. The idea might be there, but the execution is bad. Or the execution is fine, but the idea is the same type of thing you’ve read…

  • Poetry

    So You Want to Be a Poet

    You can do it! But maybe do these things first… So you want to be a poet. You have decided that you’re going to become the next great Instagram poet and land a lucrative book deal. You want to bring…

  • Life,  Writing

    The Art of Doing Nothing

    What quarantine taught me about creativity. If there’s something we can all relate to right now, it’s the isolation we are experiencing at the hand of the coronavirus pandemic. Right now we are all collectively hunkering down and trying to…

  • Life

    You Must Learn to Challenge Yourself

    Sometimes, the only way to grow is to be uncomfortable. When I was growing up, I struggled with pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I was shy as a child and into my teen years, which sometimes made new…

  • Medium,  Writing

    Are You a Pantser or a Planner?

    When I was new to writing, I often didn’t know what I was doing. I spent the valuable (and few) minutes I had every day to devote to writing just floating around in a sea of words. There was often…

  • Medium,  Poetry,  Writing

    What Makes a Good Poem?

    When you think of poetry, your mind might go to the classics. Perhaps to Homer’s The Odyssey or to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales — both epic stories told in meter and reflected in the tropes of modern storytelling still used today. Or maybe when you…

  • Writing

    Finding the Time to Write (or Not Write)

    Something interesting that I have found about writing is how much I learn about it when I’m not writing.  It may sound counter-intuitive, but I almost always find this to be the case. Over the summer I was writing nonstop. …

  • Beginnings,  Life

    Don’t Let Fear Get to You

    Over the course of the past several weeks I feel like I have been hit with the same kind of advice coming at me from so many different directions: fear is not a reason to say no. Admittedly, I didn’t…