When to Give Feedback

I recently saw a tweet asking if you should give unsolicited feedback to a friend. Clearly, the person wanted to be helpful but also wanted to be considerate. You’ve probably found yourself in a similar situation wanting to balance fixing something and keeping your friendship. As you can imagine,...

Book Review: Anxious People

Fiction Anxious People by Fredrik Backman 353 pages. Atria Books. A bank robbery turns into a hostage situation. Told in the witty way Backman wrote A Man Called Ove, Anxious People tells the story of two cops, a bank robber, a real estate agent and seven hostages. All of...

Write for Practice

Writing is a skill that is generally learned over time from exposure to stories and the practice of writing. However, I think some of us want to forget the practice part and go straight to the finish line. I’ve heard the advice to treat writing like a job. Take...

Book Review: Killers of the Flower Moon

Nonfiction/True Crime Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann 338 pages. Doubleday I can’t believe there was a time in my life when I wouldn’t read nonfiction. If I still thought nonfiction was boring, I would have missed out...

Tips for Writing Endings

A part of me has always known that writing endings is one of my weaknesses. However, it wasn’t until reading this Writer’s Digest article that it hit home. In tip two, Audrey Wick tells us not to submit stories with “to be continued” endings. That phrase gave me a...

Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

For me, writer’s block falls into two categories. The first one is most identifiable — fear. I fear so much. I fear that my writing won’t be any good, that it’ll offend someone, that someone will take it the wrong way, that it sounds too deep or not deep...

Book Review: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Fiction The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid 400 pp. Atria Books $22.49 This is my second Taylor Jenkins Reid book, and I’m adding her to my favorite author list. In The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo the eponymous Evelyn, a former A-list Hollywood actress, gives...

Simplify your Goals for 2021

Does planning goals for 2021 seem overwhelming? It was to me. That’s why this year I decided to simplify. I don’t make traditional New Year’s Resolutions, but I do like to work towards some sort of resolution. The difference is that instead of just naming my resolution at midnight...

Q & A: Research and interviewing

The idea of interviewing people is terrifying. That’s why I’m not a journalist.  I’ve always wanted to be a fiction writer. But as you know, everyone tells us to pick a backup career. My backup was journalism. I minored in media studies in college and managed through the journalism...

Writing Tip: Getting the words right

Every writer needs to understand the importance of semantics and connotation. In our case, we’re talking about using the exact correct word needed to evoke the emotion or image we want. Imagine you’re reading a story about how the protagonist smashed her car into a tree, but then later...