Lessons to Practice #17: The Eloquence of Your Voice

Writing without using your own true voice is writing without merit, plain and simple. Even if you happen to luck out and pen stories that land you a multi-million-dollar deal, going back and reading "your" own work will feel inauthentic at best, and painful at worst. Still, I have to honor the fact that finding … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #17: The Eloquence of Your Voice

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Reflections on Defeat and Embracing the Writing Life

As I settle in to my role as a full-time writer, one obstacle after another has tried to chip away at my hope and chipper ideals for my future as a published author. I've had my fair share of personal losses, bouts of self-doubt and futility, and looming questions about which career path I'm meant to … Continue reading Reflections on Defeat and Embracing the Writing Life

Lessons to Practice #1: Writing Consistently and with Purpose

Good evening folks! How is everyone doing? Tonight I would like to start a new blogging series called "Lessons to Practice." In each Tuesday night post of this series, I will summarize what I'm learning as I spend 2017 editing, rewriting, and refining my works. Each "Lessons to Practice" installment will also include a brief summary of … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #1: Writing Consistently and with Purpose

Why I Write

I seek out tips on how to craft a compelling character in Writer's Digest. I read YA novels to garner new talking points for my latest blog entry. And I still (still!) delve into David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, finding grief and irascible humor in the lives of his Ennet House residents, his Quebecois wheelchair assassins - and our … Continue reading Why I Write