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Writing Yourself

June is Pride month, a time for the queer community to celebrate its history and commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots—the 1969 uprisings in Greenwich Village that marked the turning point for LGBTQ+ rights in this country. For a number of reasons, this year’s Pride holds special significance for me, and one of the big ones is that it is my first year as the published author of an OwnVoices novel about a gay […]

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Introverting In An Extrovert’s Paradise (Or, Surviving BEA)

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? It’s sometimes assumed that an introvert is shy and an extrovert is the life of the party, but the terms actually refer to where you get your energy. Do you feel more charged and refreshed by being alone, or do you feel your best when you’re with lots of other people? Many writers, including myself, identify as introverts. I’m a very social, outgoing person and I like chatting […]

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Guarding your writing time

A couple months ago, I was at an event where someone asked how authors — particularly those with day jobs and children and life events — find time to write. Full disclosure: I write full-time, and I’m very fortunate to be able to do that. I can’t answer as to how writers with all that going on manage to fit it in. Sorcery, as far as I can tell. But for real, I know authors […]

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On Building Habits

I mentioned in my last post on PubCrawl that I had recently resigned my day job and was refilling my creative well. It’s been a few weeks now, and while my creative well has been replenishing nicely, I confess to feeling a bit adrift when it comes to, well, a schedule. If there was one thing about having a day job I did like, it was that I had a routine. I’ve confessed here and elsewhere […]

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Don’t Quit Your Day Job (But Not Why You Think)

Many writers dream about being able to write full-time, to commit themselves entirely to their art, cast off the shackles of the 9-to-5, leave their office cubicles behind for a cozy corner table at the coffee shop. But we’ve also heard the advice: Don’t quit your day job. This advice also serves as a punchline: Someone sings off-key, asks for an opinion, and someone cracks the joke, “Don’t quit your day job.” The implication is you […]

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