Dejected

How can a little slip of paper (or piece of mail shipped across the Internet) break your heart? It reminds me of the one boy I loved enough to let him rip my heart to shreds. It’s that same instantaneous pang I feel every time I open a rejection letter. How can...

Work harder but smarter

It’s something I’ve been hearing a lot at work lately: with hard economic times, we have to work harder by working smarter. What does that mean? It means eliminating inefficiencies, focusing on priorities, bringing up the quality of work in addition to the...

Best Writing Advice Ever: A Survey

One of my favorite books on writing is Anne Lammott’s Bird by Bird. In it she offers advice for writers who just can’t seem to get writing. The whole thing was inspiring, but I especially liked one piece of advice she gave, and it helped me to get over the...

Tools of the self-editing trade

For nearly six months I was an avid participant on Authonomy, a writers’ website devoted to those hoping to be published. While there, I learned some invaluable lessons from other writers about the importance of self-editing. Here is some of what I learned. 1....

Why write?

Honestly, it can be troublesome. Writers are a misunderstood lot. People expect that it’s easy. All you do it type words onto a screen. As long as you understand the basic rules of grammar, you should be set. Ah, but it is not quite that simple. One may write without...