Finding Your Balance: 7 Ways to Achieve Work-Life Flexibility

Life gets so out of whack sometimes, doesn’t it? There are days when I feel like all I do is write, write, write, work, work, work. And then there are days when someone has to get the groceries and run the errands so writing gets pushed aside. And there are days when I just want to lay on the couch all day and do nothing (it’s the temptation of every freelancer, trust me). Work-life balance seems lik… [read more →]

5 Hacks to Increase Your Creativity

If writing were easy, we’d all be novelists. But it’s not easy. And we’re not all novelists, unfortunately. Just because writing doesn’t come easily to you (or to me for that matter), doesn’t mean you can’t become a good, effective, and creative writer. Writing is perhaps at its hardest at the very beginning of the process: the brainstorming, topic-creating stage. You know you want to write, but what do you … [read more →]

My Writing Plan for this New Year

I already love 2016. I’m only five days in, but I have a brand-spanking new office to write in (complete with a whole wall of bookshelves!) and a plethora of ideas for writing. 2016 isn’t going to be without its challenges though–one big one in particular. And here’s what it is: As of January 1, I became a full-time, self-employed freelance writer. Yikes. Part of me wants to break out my party pants and… [read more →]

What to Do When Real Life Gets in the Way

Let’s face it. Real life gets in the way of our best intentions, at least my best intentions anyway. If you’re like me, you make plans. Big plans. Out of this world plans. Change the course of human history plans. But then real life happens, and plans end up waylaid, put on hold at best, forgotten forever at worst. In my book, there are four (maybe more. But I think these mostly cover it) ways lif… [read more →]

How to Write When All Motivation Is Gone

Have you ever had a goal you wanted to reach when demotivation, like Gandalf, stood in your way and shouted “You shall not pass”? Happens to me all the time. In fact, it’s happening right now. I am demotivated. So demotivated that I would rather be washing the dishes or cleaning my bathroom than writing this right now. But here I am, gulping down my own medicine. Since I know that I can’t be the only demoti… [read more →]

7 Ways to Improve Your Writing


I spend quite a bit of time editing other people’s writing. When I do, I put on my editor’s hat, and I’m a different person. Aaron said once after I edited something for him that it was like a total stranger wrote the comments on his manuscript–it didn’t seem like me, apparently. My alter-ego, Super Editor Woman, isn’t trying to be unkind, nor is she trying to rip my victim’s writing to shreds, although it ma… [read more →]

'The Blogger's Guide to Editorial Calendars'

I’m a calendar person, the kind who gets excited when December rolls around, not because Christmas is coming (although that’s cool, too), but because it’s about time to buy a new planner. I was that freshman who wrote down every assignment in her planner the first day of class (I also thought syllabi were awesome. I miss them), and I am that person who schedules out most of the day in advance. So before… [read more →]

The Write Stuff: The Best of Writing [3.4.15]

 Happy weekend and happy Easter! In the midst of all the Easter egg hunts, ham, and sunrise services, take a few minutes to catch up on what’s been happening in the world of writing. On Taking Responsibility for All of the Communication You Put Out Into the World If you’re a writer, you need an audience. If, however, your intended audience isn’t listening, it’s not their fault–it’s probably yours. Stefa… [read more →]

Learn How to Prank Like the Literary Pros


Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! Kurt Vonnegut said, “All of fiction is a practical joke—making people care, laugh, cry or be nauseated or whatever by something which absolutely is not going on at all. It’s like saying, ‘Hey, your pants are on fire.'” So here’s to some April Fool’s Day worthy practical jokes from those people you study in English class. April Fools, Literary Style from Whitney Cole In… [read more →]

Is Your Writing Fascinating?

When I was a kid, I could not put down the _Anne of Green Gable _series. Looking back, I feel silly for being so attached to those books because they’re pretty average as far as literature goes, especially when you compare them to James Joyce, Shakespeare, and T.S. Eliot. I mean, in college, we had seminars on Joyce and Shakespeare and Modern Poetry, but there was no such thing as an _Anne of Gre… [read more →]