If you want to become a better writer, the equation is simple: Reading + Writing = Better Writing Filling in the variables, however, is not. In a Facebook group that I'm a member of, someone recently asked other group members about their own reading and writing habits. This member expressed anxiety because he feels like … Continue reading Should you be reading or writing more?
Yesterday my grandfather died at the age of 86. Yesterday I learned of something my grandfather never spoke of, for good reason. Not only had he served in the air force during Vietnam and lost every member of his military class to the war (they chose fighter jets while he chose cargo planes), he spent … Continue reading Writers don’t always have the right words
I believe everyone should have goals in life, and I believe that once we meet our goals, we should set more. Striving to be better and do more has the potential to benefit us in numerous ways. However, sometimes we don't meet our goals. We don't hit the deadlines we had for ourselves. We're not … Continue reading Is the grass always greener?
It's that time of the month at work when I'm busy churning out ghostwritten newspaper columns before they're due to editors; drafting monthly blogs for clients; and helping account managers write and finesse e-newsletter intros. I've also been playing around with flyer copy for a new client. As I rush to meet deadlines and get … Continue reading A writer’s best tool
Writing is a creative process, no matter what type of writer you are. Unfortunately, creativity often alludes writers when they need it most. Though I would love for my creativity to hit just before I sit down to write, that pressure often makes my creativity run away in fear. Then it will only return when … Continue reading Trust the writing process
Most of us look back on our college years with fond memories, but after graduation, we tend to leave everything about those years -- save the memories -- behind. College can be an exceedingly difficult time for young people, so it's no wonder why we're eager to move on to a more stable phase in … Continue reading College graduates — stay in touch with your professors!
Today, I spent the morning and afternoon editing two pieces I've been working on for weeks. One is a personal experience/travel essay and the other is the first two-ish chapters of a memoir. After weeks of writing and re-writing, I finally got both pieces to a place I felt good about, so I knew this … Continue reading How to effectively self-edit your writing
After reading Outside magazine's article "Is Instagram Ruining the Great Outdoors?" I started thinking about the effects tagging my hiking photos with a specific location may do to the wild, natural areas I love so dearly. With the recent surge in social media use, and subsequent surge in inexperienced hikers attempting to traverse extremely difficult trails, … Continue reading Am I ruining the great outdoors?
Several of my friends have recently gotten engaged, and it's reminded me of the year when Blake and I were engaged. People loved us. They loved hearing how we met, what we had planned for the honeymoon, where we planned to live after we were married, etc. That glow lasted all the way through our … Continue reading When the honeymoon phase ends: On keeping your marriage strong
It's been just over a year since I moved into my home in Louisville, Colorado, a small town that sits just east of the famed Boulder, Colorado. I moved here after graduating college because I'd longed to live in Colorado for years. As someone who loves the outdoors, and loves to hike in particular, I … Continue reading Will I ever tire of Colorado?