September 22, 2015

Adolescence doesn’t last forever. We all grow up one day, and though the feeling of being a teenager might linger, there eventually comes a day when you realize you’re thirty-six and you stopped being able to fit into your grad dress ten years ago, and you can no longe...

June 15, 2015

Coming to the end of your book, crossing that last T, typing that last period, is incredibly satisfying. You feel a rush of triumphant joy. You’ve done it! You’ve finished your novel! You want to leap out of your chair and hug everyone you see, then tell them what you’...

April 16, 2015

When I was a young creative writing student I used to keep track of all the writing contests. I’d bookmark the contest pages on the websites of all the literary magazines. I’d make lists of due dates, word count limitations, themes, restrictions. Sometimes I’d even pri...

March 25, 2015

Most people who don’t write think they have a basic understanding of what it is to be a writer. A writer writes books. A writer toils over her manuscript. A writer tells stories. A writer uses her imagination.

 

Though these things are true of writers, it hardly scrapes...

February 24, 2015

You’ve done it. You’re embarking on the final chapter of your book. You’ve reached the denouement. You type out the word “Epilogue” with shaking fingers. You can’t really believe it. You’ve reached the end. This is the end.

Terrifying, isn’t it?

 

Well, terrifying might b...

October 23, 2014

When I first started writing in high school I would often find myself restricting my stories to the only subjects I understood: family life, adolescent girl cliques, suburbia. I did this because the idea of pretending knowledge of a subject I didn’t understand inside a...

September 18, 2014

I write long. It’s what I do. My sentences aren’t tight. The meander and go off topic and then veer back. I can make a sentence go on for a whole page. I overuse commas. I love asides and parentheses and em dashes. When I’m writing a first draft, or even a second, I ca...

January 22, 2014

I have never left a hair salon with a smile on my face. Ever. My hair ALWAYS looks terrible when I'm leaving the salon. This will never change. I've accepted it. But it still makes me feel like crap.

 

Let me explain this in way too much detail.

 

Reason #1 - Y'all don't u...

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