Set the Mood and Set the Stage: Instrumental Music for Writing

If my Spotify account could tell you anything about me, it would say that I really like playlists. I have 361 of them. (Wait, what? I didn’t realize how many I had till I counted them all.) It’s a little like an archeological dig from my high school years up to my current playlists - … Continue reading Set the Mood and Set the Stage: Instrumental Music for Writing

Be a Shape-Shifter: Four Poetic Forms to Try

Poems have existed much longer in formal structures than they have in the free-form structures that many modern poets favor. If your well of inspiration has run dry, or you've been struggling to revise a poem and it just isn't working with a free-form structure, your choices are anything but limited. There many forms to … Continue reading Be a Shape-Shifter: Four Poetic Forms to Try

Camp Nanowrimo: The Number One Getaway For The Adventurous Writer

Previously, I sang my praises of one of the most rigorous, challenging, and craft-molding experiences that I’ve ever participated in: Nanowrimo. It’s the annual event held each year internationally where writers of all ages, expertise, and genres come together with the goal of writing 50,000 words in only 30 days. Along with encouraging writers to … Continue reading Camp Nanowrimo: The Number One Getaway For The Adventurous Writer

Patience is Key: Why Writing Sometimes Means Waiting

Most people are familiar with the saying, “patience is a virtue.” In an effort to be better than our egos, we try to extend our patience and wait for the benefits to fall into our laps. Unfortunately, we’re often discouraged by anything that doesn’t pay off immediately. After multiple rejection letters from contests and literary … Continue reading Patience is Key: Why Writing Sometimes Means Waiting