3 Ways to Create the Perfect Writing Space

So you think you’re ready to write. You’ve got your pen and paper or laptop handy, and you’re about to write the future bestselling mystery or fantasy or literary novel. The pen touches the paper or your fingers graze the keys. Something doesn’t feel right, though. There’s a noisy neighbor yelling in the apartment over, or the sounds of the Starbucks weren’t quite as pleasant as you’d hoped. Your desk is piled high with papers you should’ve sorted through weeks ago, or maybe

6 Tips to Help You Write Every Day

I took a Creative Writing: Fiction course in college, and one of my classmates said something that will never leave me. She complained about the coursework, stating that she liked to write when “inspiration” hit. Ah, the mythical “inspiration.” The truth is, “inspiration” writers aren’t career writers. If you only write when inspiration strikes, you’re likely to just give up when things get a little rough. When writer’s block finds you, you’re likely to just burn your noteboo

10 Tips for Surviving Writing Workshops

So it’s workshop day. You’re sitting in a room with a few other people who have read your work. You have their works buzzing around in your head. You have feedback prepped, but that’s not what you’re thinking about. You’re waiting for it to be your turn. You’ll read a small bit of your work out loud and then brace yourself for the comments. Maybe you’ve taken yourself a little too seriously, and you’re ready to shut down what others think. Maybe you’re a little shy of your wo

12 Ways to Decrease Anxiety (and Write More!)

Anxiety is the enemy of writers everywhere. Think about all the times you’ve procrastinated for fear of sitting in front of a blank page or Word document for half an hour, unable to put down even a single word. Yeah, I’ve been there, too. With problems like social anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and the occasional psychotic episode, anxiety is a near-daily presence in my life. However, anxiety can be fought. With the proper tools and resources, it can be defeated. I’v