Creative Diversions: A Healthy Way to Recharge or a Sneaky Path to Self-Sabotage?

If you’re looking to build a career as a full-time writer, you need to hone a laser-like focus. When I was building my business, I would wake up an hour early to write before work and then spend another eight or nine hours in front of my laptop. I wrote on the weekends. Sometimes I […]

5 Ways to Create Accountability for Yourself and Your Writing

Do you want to be a writer? Do you dream of publishing a novel but struggle to find the time to write? Do you sometimes set writing goals for yourself, only to have life get in the way? When you get busy, is your writing time the first thing to go? You’re not alone. These […]

Desk Rx: How to Hack the Desk Life to Become a More Healthy Writer

Let’s face it: Writing isn’t the best job for optimizing health. (I drink way too much coffee and indulge in way too much cheesecake from my favorite writing café.) Any job that keeps us confined to a desk glaring at a computer screen isn’t all that great, but for many of us, the desk life […]

How to Write While Traveling for the Holidays

The holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. I love Thanksgiving food so much that I served it at my wedding. I love to cook, and I love hanging out with my family while they cook. And nothing stirs my cynical dystopian writer soul quite as much as the She and Him […]

10 Ways to Distraction-Proof Your Life for NaNoWriMo

This post is part of a series dedicated to National Novel-Writing Month. If you aren’t participating in NaNoWriMo this year, you should. I have a free workbook available for download on the home page that will guide you through the process in a fun and accessible way. If you’re abstaining this year, never fear. These […]

Writing in Times of Stress and Upheaval

Being a writer is the best job in the world. I can work from anywhere, write what I like, and I’m not restricted to a traditional 9-to-5. The only real downside (apart from having to explain what I do when I’m trying to get a bank loan) is that in order to maintain my livelihood, […]