My friend Amy of The Writer's Refuge wrote this post on the differences between writing a short story and a novel. She answers questions as well as shares some of her own experiences writing both. I hope you enjoy! At the beginning of my writing journey four years ago, I struggled with my creative identity. I… Continue reading Short stories vs. novels—which is better? (guest post)
It still astonishes me that summer is over. Even though we're now well into the fall, I'm not used to having to remember to grab my jacket and brace myself for the chilly air. I'm not used to the dark and having to turn the lights on before dinner. Summer suddenly seems like it was… Continue reading Inktober: writer’s edition
If you know me, you know that I am always reading at least two books at once (my Goodreads "currently reading" on the sidebar is proof of this). I can't really remember the last time I was only reading one book. Lately, I've even been upping it to five or six. People are often surprised… Continue reading How many books do you read at once?
I recently saw a friend on Facebook post that they were taking a break from social media. I wish I could do that, I thought enviously. It wasn't until a few days later that I realized how simultaneously ridiculous and alarming that thought of mine was. Of course I could take a break from social media… Continue reading Social media + addiction
I recently (and finally) finished reading a lesser-known book by the Anne of Green Gables author, L.M. Montgomery. Since sixth grade, I've probably read (and re-read) at least 18 of her books, including the Emily trilogy and Anne series I was named after. Magic for Marigold had been on my to-read list for about ten years (wow,… Continue reading Magic for Marigold = mixed feelings
The other day, I stopped by the university I graduated from to briefly meet up with someone. The café was completely empty since it wasn't orientation week yet, and as I sat surrounded by all of the tables and chairs, I suddenly felt flooded with memories of the past four years---like the time I met… Continue reading Why journal?
You might remember that in a recent post, I was struggling with being stuck in a summer reading slump. It wasn't that I was reading anything uninteresting -- I was actually working my way through some really great books. But for some reason, I just couldn't get on a regular reading schedule, and the thought of… Continue reading Reading again: Since You’ve Been Gone