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?
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
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
As I discussed in my last blog post, "Step away from the screen to get your creative juices flowing," screens inhibit our creative brains. Luckily, we can combat our screen time by picking up a new read. Reading has been shown to enhance our creative thinking and spur our imaginations. With that in mind, I recently … Continue reading My plan to read more often
While my blog posts are directed at my readers -- whomever they may be -- I will admit that I don't actually write for my readers; I write for myself. I write because, like running, it's one of my passions. I've never been able to stick with journaling, but a blog lets me capture all … Continue reading Write, write, write!
You know the feeling of looking at a job posting online and thinking, "This sounds great. It's what I know how to do, and it's what I do well," but then you scroll down to the qualifications and read "three to five years of experience" under the qualifications? Well, I do. I know it really … Continue reading Dear future employer