Writing with Mania

During my struggles with bipolar disorder, my main challenge has been depression. I've found dozens of ways to force myself to write when...

Coping with a Bad Review

"Writers fall into two groups: Those who bleed copiously and visibly at any bad review and those who bleed copiously and secretly at any...

Where Do Characters Come From?

Nonfiction and editing are my bread and butter. They help pay rent on the apartment and keep the car insured. But I have been spending...

7 Writing Books I Can’t Do Without

I've been writing professionally for almost 15 years now. During that time, I've done many things right…and just about as many things...

When Are You a Writer?

"What do you do?" Whenever you meet someone new, you can expect this question to pop up early in the conversation. Do you tell the...

Do You Have Writer’s Burnout?

I'll never forget that Friday years ago when I hauled myself out of bed after only a few hours of sleep and stumbled to my computer for ...

10 Sources of Inspiration for Writers

I'm usually a pretty steady writer. I enjoy the process of putting words together until they sound just the way I want them to, and I'm ...