Week 2 Surprises

I definitely hit that second week slump. But I kept up with my goal of writing 2k words per day. Slowly but surely, my plot is starting to take shape. I've really enjoyed not being confined to one voice or one point of view. Jumping around from character to character has helped me flesh out… Continue reading Week 2 Surprises

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Writing without (self) judgement

I set a simple goal for NaNoWriMo 2017. Write 2,000 words every day. Then I made a strict no-delete policy for myself. This means that sometimes I end up saying the same thing three different ways, just because each sentence has led me a little closer to the actual thing I want to say. Everything… Continue reading Writing without (self) judgement

The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

I got to see one of my literary heroes in person last night. Needless to say, it was a bit surreal. Margaret Atwood is, if possible, even more wry & witty in person than in her books.‬ She began her lecture by recounting the ways that The Handmaid’s Tale has been adapted to modern culture.… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale: A Lecture

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won't stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I'm fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr… Continue reading The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Everything I Never Told You

Just finished this book by Celeste Ng. I picked it up after seeing it referenced in a review of Chemistry, Weike Wang's debut novel released in 2017. (I'm w orking on an official review of the latter. Hoping to get it published soon.) Everything I Never Told You was a riveting read. It's. The novel begins with the… Continue reading Everything I Never Told You

Writing for Online Book Club

I’ve recently started writing book reviews for OnlineBookClub.org. So far, it’s been a great experience. I thought I’d share some thoughts on the process with my book-loving friends. The books are free as long as you write an honest review. And once you’ve been doing it for a while, you even have the chance to… Continue reading Writing for Online Book Club

Sensing

Here's a quick poem I wrote this morning. I've been working on mindfulness lately, and I've been struck with the overwhelming nature of entertainment in our culture today. I often find it bombarding its way into my mind and taking over before I even realize it. It can be hard to pursue the practice of mindfulness when our attention… Continue reading Sensing

On Producing

Yesterday, my 14 year old stepbrother emailed me a copy of the novel he's been working on. I opened the Word document entitled "Cupid" - not really sure what I was expecting to find. What I found put me to shame. The document was 100 pages long. Surely, if my 14 year old stepbrother can write one… Continue reading On Producing

Passion vs. Career: Must I choose?

Yesterday I stumbled across this article, and as a two-month-old college graduate, I found it particularly striking: https://80000hours.org/career-guide/job-satisfaction/ Essentially, the article debunks many common myths that we hold to when it comes to our "dream career". Before I read the article, I'd already been thinking about this concept quite a lot (as most college graduates do,… Continue reading Passion vs. Career: Must I choose?

Writing as Discovery

It’s a common misconception that writing is simply the process of transmitting the words in your head to a sheet of paper. But this couldn’t be further from reality. In fact, the first words I put on paper are rarely the ones I agree with. I write, not because I have the answers, but because… Continue reading Writing as Discovery