Last Year, I Lost Faith in NaNoWriMo. This Year, I’m Getting it Back

Last year was my seventh time participating in National Novel Writing Month, the mad, worldwide dash to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Last year was also my second time not completing NaNoWriMo. When mentioning that I was doing NaNo for the seventh time, I kept getting similar questions and comments that all boiled downContinue reading “Last Year, I Lost Faith in NaNoWriMo. This Year, I’m Getting it Back”


It has taken me a week to figure out how to blog about the Midwest Writers Workshop. I just didn’t know where to start. Do I talk about my awesome fellow interns/ninjas/redshirts? Or a few of the really awesome people who put it together? Or the visiting literary agents and faculty, with a clear biasContinue reading “#mww13”

Yeah, That’s Not How You Do Literary Citizenship

“I’m a professional writer of forty years! Can any of you stand up and say the same?” The microphone hijacker is drunk. His shouts crash out of the speakers and drown the awkward silence. A group of (really quite talented) writers in their twenties had gathered at the bar to read poetry and prose, toContinue reading “Yeah, That’s Not How You Do Literary Citizenship”

Short Story Month

Now that school is over and I’m getting used to my new job, I can dive back into blogging and writing. Maybe you’ve been in a bit of a rut, too. What better to get us all back on the writing wagon than a month-long writing challenge? You know about NaNoWriMo, right? 50,000 words inContinue reading “Short Story Month”

The Rejection Binder

Last week in my trusty old literary citizenship class, our topic was submitting stories to magazines. We read and talked about the pitfalls and ways to better your chances of success. We also read and talked about rejection. Because we have to. As writers, rejection is a part of life. Selling a few stories orContinue reading “The Rejection Binder”