Feeling guilty for being less productive than you had hoped? Try not to worry. Here’s how.
Nothing hit me as hard during the Covid lockdown as the libraries closing. Today I stepped foot inside a library for the first time. I was overwhelmed.
Yes, I used a gendered term on purpose. It seems that in every article about “motherhood,” folks respond with, “what about dads?!” and, “that’s sexist!” I’ll tell you what’s sexist: women have the lowest labor participation rate since the fucking ’80s. Women have shouldered the overwhelming majority of childcare since the quarantine started. Moms areContinue reading “on motherhood and “mushroom work””
I’ve had depression and anxiety all my life. Here’s how I write through my blues.
I’m fairly new to the “beta reader” game, and I am loving it so far! It’s been a great experiment. One of the main things I’ve learned is that it’s up to the author to direct the feedback. If you just say, tell me what you think, you are unlikely to get a response thatContinue reading “the most important question to ask your beta readers”
You’ve got a killer premise, some cool characters, and a strong voice. So what’s stopping you from writing that novel? If you’re me, probably the reason is gut-clenching terror. What if I quit? What if it’s terrible? What if I am completely deluded about this whole thing? What makes me think I can do anyContinue reading “how to write a novel: trust your future self”
It is the hottest day of the year, and Sheryl is stuck in a van with her family. What could go wrong?
Your personal life doesn’t have to be a mess in order for your writing to be good. But it helps.
You’re doing awesome shit, but still feel like a turd? Join the club.
So you decided to have some kids, and now your writing is going to hell. Here’s how to have it both ways.