It’s difficult sometimes, to keep a balance between the things you want to be writing, and the things you write for money. I’ve struggled with this often, as most of you know, and have erred on the side of chasing only after my dream projects and ignoring the work I should be doing to pay […]
The first time I was published in a Chicken Soup for the Soul book, I wasn’t very proud of the essay that got selected. I mean, I liked it, but it wasn’t my best work. So I figured, hey, I could write for them pretty often. They haven’t even seen my best yet. Unfortunately, that’s still […]
Show of hands. How many people got wasted? I want to say something funny and smart and inspirational, but words are failing me today, so I’ll wish you peace in whatever circumstances you find yourself, and the strength to deal with anything life throws your way. May you find whatever it is your heart desires. […]
Damn, this was a hard list to make. I want to set a good example though, so okay, I’ll talk about accomplishments. I want to hear about yours in the comments.
I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I didn’t give out book recommendations before the year end. It was a tough decision, but I have, after many many hours of deliberation, chosen my top picks of 2007.
Like most writers, I find it easier to list my failures than I do my successes. But there’s one exceptionally wonderful quality I have– I can find the positive in almost any situation. What that means is that even though it’s easy for me to list where I’ve failed, it’s equally easy for me to […]
I’d been planning to make this list for a while now, but then completely forgot about it. I was reminded of it when someone posted theirs on a message board I frequent. So here’s my list of things I’ve learned in 2007.
I’ve been really patient, but it’s December, so now I’m allowed to talk about goals and achievements and lessons learned. This year, I finished my work a few weeks early. And even though there’s still a month to go for the year to be over (and I am technically still working), I’m pretending it already […]
Here’s a small exercise. Write down your top 3 writing dreams. Mine are: Write for my Big 5: The New Yorker, National Geographic, Time magazine, The New York Times, Newsweek. Have a book reach the top of the New York Times best-seller list. Win the Booker prize. High goals, I know. But I figure I’ll […]
I can’t write in silence. Silence threatens to overwhelm me, but since words distract me, I listen to a lot of instrumental music when I’m writing. I used to download guitar riffs from unknown musicians, but lately, I’ve found myself drawn to tribal house. My music has to be instrumental. If there are words, I […]