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2018 Writing Resolutions: January

Back in December, I posted about writing goals for the coming year. I addressed several reasons we tend to fall short on our New Year’s Resolutions, including loss of motivation, setting expectations too high, and lack of support and/or accountability. I followed up with a number of solutions, including the one below: Continue reading 2018 Writing Resolutions: January

4 Lessons Writers Can Learn From Finding Neverland

Over the weekend, my mom and I went to see the musical Finding Neverland. If that title sounds familiar, it’s probably because there’s an Academy-award winning movie by the same name. The semi-biographical film stars Johnny Depp as J.M. Barrie, the mind behind Peter Pan. The musical, unsurprisingly, is based on the movie. Both tell the story of how Barrie was inspired by a single mother and her young boys, whose make-believe games ultimately sparked what would become one of the most beloved plays of all time.
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5 Brilliant Quotes on Writing from JK Rowling

JK Rowling is an international treasure. Perhaps the most renowned author of our generation (certainly the most successful), she serves as an inspiration for countless writers. Many of us dream of writing a series as culturally transformative as Harry Potter. Others simply want to keep telling their stories without any thought of publishing. Either way, there’s a lot we can learn from JK Rowling. She knows a thing or two about writing, especially when it comes to strength and perseverance. Continue reading 5 Brilliant Quotes on Writing from JK Rowling

Why Fiction Writers Should Read Nonfiction

“Now, what I want is Facts. Teach these boys and girls nothing but Facts. Facts alone are wanted in life.”

Charles Dickens’ iconic opening lines to Hard Times make nonfiction sound staid and dull. Small wonder that so few of the writers I know commit to reading and writing nonfiction as much as they do fiction. However, it’s time to abandon the restrictive notion that writers only write stories. Yes, many of us do. Yet we can also write journals, essays, reports, encylopedias and so much more.
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