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BeWhoYouWantToBe

Define yourself.

January 6, 2014

Before he and I met, my husband was a bit of a theater nerd. He still is at heart, but busy work schedules and picky taste have prohibited him from acting in shows lately. He wants the right show to dedicate the work to. I can appreciate that. Anyway, he has met some truly phenomenal people through theater, two of whom are currently trying to make it big in New York City. They were in town for a while, visiting for another theater friend’s wedding. Yesterday, the four of us got together to catch up and chat. Those are my favorite days–I love talking to people. People are truly fascinating. But that’s beside the point. One of these two friends is actually, technically, making it as an actor. He’s had several background roles for various shows and movies. In fact, I was watching a movie a while back and saw his face on the screen! That was the most exciting […]

UpsandDownsofWriting

The ups and downs of writing life.

October 4, 2013

In an ideal world, writers’ lives function something like this: Wake up in the morning. Have an awesome idea for a novel. Spend the next few years writing and perfecting said novel. Get picked up by a literary agent. Sell that novel for a gazillion dollars. Live happily ever after. What it’s really like is a bit more along these lines: Have an awesome idea for a novel. Start developing said novel, realize it’s less awesome. Spend a few months disgruntled, thinking you suck at life. Inspiration strikes! New novel idea. Halfway into writing new novel, realize you hate it. Spend a few more months in a pit of self loathing. Distract yourself with the interwebs and cat pictures. Force yourself to write things. Stop writing those things Reconsider novel number one. Rescrap novel number one. Spend a few years repeating this cycle. Finally get an idea you’re actually satisfied with. Write that book. STILL love it–weird. Rewrite that book […]

FallWriting

Why fall is the perfect season to write.

October 3, 2013

Fall is probably my favorite season. Fall and spring. As kids we all love summer because we don’t have to go to school (and as a child I loved summer because my birthday is smack dab in the middle of it), but as I got older I started to appreciate the less extreme weather patterns that came with the fall and the spring. And fall is better than spring because of pumpkins and the color orange. Anyway, there are about a hundred thousand reasons fall is better than any other season, but we all know what they are so I won’t go into that. (Helloooooo layering!) Instead, I’m going to focus on something way cooler: why fall is the perfect season for writing! Fall weather. The fall is just warm enough to where you don’t feel like your fingers are going to fall off while you type and just cool enough to really let you appreciate the coffee shop on […]

8CareersForWriters

8 careers for writers.

September 27, 2013

In my post about the things they don’t tell you when you’re getting a creative writing degree, I made a reference to all the different career options out there for creative writer types. I figured that merited it’s own post entirely, considering there really are a ton of options you may not realize you have. This is actually something I’d written up and had published before my website went down, but it’s worth revisiting and republishing for people who are interested in being professional “writers” even if that doesn’t mean they have a book out yet (or aren’t making enough on that book to live on–which will be the vast majority of us). But let’s face it–most writers never successfully publish their books, and if they do, they make pennies compared to the JK Rowlings of the world. Most writers are “working writers.” In other words, they have the job they do to pay their bills, and then the write. […]

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