So NaNoWriMo Is Over… Now What?

You did it! Or maybe you didn’t do it, didn’t quite hit your word count, didn’t end up with the story you imagined. That’s okay. You have words! And those words are twisting together and stacking high to make a wonderful story. Even if you can’t see it yet, whether you have fifty thousand words or just five thousand, there’s potential in the pages of … Continue reading So NaNoWriMo Is Over… Now What?

Antisocial and Proud: Branding Yourself on Instagram

I don’t have a cat, I hate taking selfies, and inspirational quotes tend to make me gag. I don’t go out to fancy restaurants often enough to truly merit food photos, and I never remember to take #squadgoals pics until long after I’ve said goodbye and changed into my pajamas. But somewhere deep in my soul I knew that if I ever wanted to publish … Continue reading Antisocial and Proud: Branding Yourself on Instagram

The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Awkward Family Get-Togethers

When are you getting married? When are you having kids? What are you going to do with that degree? Is your life everything you hoped for and more? Why don’t you call more often? I’m just making conversation! People are notoriously annoying when it comes to sticking their noses in your business. Throw in the word “family” and suddenly all boundaries are gone. What do … Continue reading The Introvert’s Guide to Surviving Awkward Family Get-Togethers

How Writing Bad Poetry Made Me a Better Writer

Love it or hate it, instapoetry is the literature buzz of the moment. Whether or not it’s real poetry or a valuable literary asset is an argument for another day, and believe me, plenty of people have made those arguments. No matter what instapoetry is, there’s no denying that it’s popular. Rupi Kaur and her peers have sold millions upon millions of self-published books, and … Continue reading How Writing Bad Poetry Made Me a Better Writer

So It’s Your First Time Doing NaNoWriMo

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first big step toward writing a novel: you started. You’ve got an idea burning in the back of your brain, you’ve got characters itching to leap into existence, you’ve got a setting just waiting to be brought to life. The only thing standing between you and your grand vision is fifty thousand little words. Easy peasy. Or… not. It’s a big … Continue reading So It’s Your First Time Doing NaNoWriMo

A Millennial Female’s Thoughts on Rupi Kaur

Instapoetry has been taking over the once gloried world of Shakespeare and Byron, Ginsburg and Dickenson. As every generation of poets has done before, the #instapoets have taken an ancient form and, in the ultimate act of cyclical artistic rebellion, made it their own. And like every generation before, accusations of tastelessness and artless pandering are echoing through literary circles. But what is it about … Continue reading A Millennial Female’s Thoughts on Rupi Kaur